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A Kamloops auto icon is coming to Kamloops’ original Ford dealership. After 20 years in the auto industry and more than 16 years with Kamloops Ford Lincoln, Justin Grover is coming over to Dearborn Ford as the dealership’s new General Manager. “It’s great to be given an exciting new opportunity within the same company in a community that has been

so supportive over the years,” says Justin. “Thank you to the Cam Clark Auto Group for trusting me and giving me this opportunity, and thank you to all those people that offered assistance along the way.” Dearborn Ford, named for the birthplace of Henry Ford which became a major hub of the automobile industry, opened in Kamloops in 1926 with its first location on the 100 block of Victoria Street. Back then the only cars sold at the dealership were the Model T and Model A, and the entire staff included a bookkeeper, two mechanics and a salesperson. The company was a great success, eventually moving to a larger location at 520 Victoria St. in 1945 and then to its current location along the East Trans Canada Highway in Valleyview in 1968 after it was bought by Ron Bacon and Doug Westwood. Today Dearborn, part of

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

The City of Kamloops 2020 Annual Municipal Report has been published and is available to the public on Kamloops.ca or by request at City Hall reception located at 7 Victoria Street West.

June 21, 2021 10:00 am - Development and Sustainability Committee Meeting 1:30 pm - Civic Operations Committee Meeting

City Council will consider the 2020 Annual Municipal Report and accept submissions and questions from the public at a Regular Council Meeting scheduled for:

June 28, 2021 10:00 am - Finance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 29, 1:30 pm Valley First Lounge, Sandman Centre, 300 Lorne Street

June 29, 2021 1:30 pm - Regular Committee Meeting 7:00 pm - Public Hearing

Those who wish to participate may attend via the video conference link provided below. We are also accepting email and mail-in correspondence. • Email: legislate@kamloops.ca • Mail: City Hall, 7 Victoria Street West, Kamloops, BC, V2C 1A2 • Video Conference: Join via Zoom by visiting Kamloops.ca/Jun29Council on June 29, 2021, at 1:30 pm.

All meetings are currently being held at Valley First Lounge, 300 Lorne Street. The complete 2021 Council Calendar is available online at: Kamloops.ca/CouncilCalendar

Written submissions must include your name and address and be received no later than 12:00 pm on June 29, 2021.

Council Meeting Recap

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Notice To Motorists Please use caution when driving in the vicinity and obey all traffic control personnel, signs, and devices in the following area: • Tranquille Road Singh Street to 12th Street • Westmount Drive Westsyde Road to Collingwood Drive • Fleetwood Avenue Southill Street to Desmond Street • 3rd Avenue Lansdowne Street to Lorne Street • Notre Dame Drive Summit Drive to Columbia Street To stay up to date on road work projects, visit: Kamloops.ca/Kammute

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COMMUNITY BETTER CHALLENGE

KEEP GARBAGE OUT OF REACH OF BEARS

TOP COMMUNITY WINS $100,000

Spring is here and that means bears are around. Be like Billy and be bear smart. The City's "Bear Smart" Bylaw is in effect until November 30. This means that garbage should be securely stored until it can be placed at the curb—no earlier than 4:00 am on collection day. Mismanaged garbage is one of the main reasons bears will enter neighbourhoods. When bears learn that garbage means food, they come back again and again. Help keep garbage out of reach of bears and remove the temptation by doing the following:

The 2019 ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge had Canadians across the country sitting less and moving more with a total of 265,813,108 physical activity minutes tracked. Enderby, BC, was crowned Canada’s Most Active Community in 2019, and Kamloops placed in the top five for Western Canada. The national challenge returns for 2021, and the City and PLAY Kamloops hope to encourage residents to get active and track physical activity minutes to take home the $100,000 grand prize. To participate, create an account at ParticipACTION.com or download the ParticipACTION app from your app store. Every move counts—from walking the dog to gardening to playing with the kids—the more activity, the greater the chance to win. To learn more, visit: PLAYKamloops.com

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store garbage and recycling in a garage or sturdy enclosure keep pet food containers indoors keep barbecues clean remove bird feeders between May and November pick ripe fruit quickly and remove unwanted fruit trees

Learn more about keeping your neighbourhood safe from bears at: Kamloops.ca/BearSmart

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IT’S TAX TIME

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

The 2021 property tax deadline is approaching. It’s time to pay your taxes and apply for your Home Owner Grant (HOG). The process to apply for HOGs has changed this year. Municipalities can no longer accept applications; you must apply directly with the Province. For more information and to apply, visit Gov.BC.ca/HomeOwnerGrant or call 1-888-355-2700. To avoid penalties, pay your property taxes and apply for your HOG by July 2, 2021.

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The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has identified a location for a third public library in Kamloops — in a parking lot across from Aberdeen Mall. The TNRD board will meet on Friday, June 18, during a committee of the whole meeting to discuss next steps in planning the library. A report to the board notes a proposed site has been identified at 1320 Trans Canada Hwy. W., across the street from Aberdeen Mall. The area has previously been utilized as overflow mall parking. The report states the owner of Aberdeen Mall has agreed to ownership of the main floor of a strata development on that property. “An ideal site for a South Kamloops library has been identified along the busy Hillside corridor directly across from the Aberdeen Mall as part of strata premises in a new, free standing building,” the report states. “A 25,000-square-foot library occupying the main floor would be constructed within a phased strata development, with residential units above and commercial units on the same site in an adjacent building.” The library would be utilized for the city’s growing southwest area. The regional district’s library facilities master plan has identified a third library location in Kamloops as the top priority, as the area is expected to see significant growth and is already underserved by the system, the regional district report states. Kamloops currently has two libraries — downtown and in North Kamloops — along with a mobile Bookmobile. “Population growth in Kamloops is quickly outstripping the capacity of the two library buildings that currently exist,” the report to the board states. “Municipal expansion will continue in the city’s southwest and the Aberdeen community or a location immediately adjacent should be procured by the TNRD to commence planning for the Kamloops library.” TNRD CAO Scott Hildebrand said the regional district wants to ensure the library

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The murder victim connected to the arrest of two suspects in Hungary on the weekend was a man who graduated from St. Ann’s Academy in Kamloops. Tyler Pratt, 38, died in Hamilton on Feb. 28 after being shot. A 26-year-old woman he was with was also shot, but survived. Police say Oliver Karafa and Yun (Lucy) Lu Li flew to Eastern Europe a day after the shootings and travelled through various countries, including Slovakia and the Czech Republic, before being arrested in Budapest, Hungary on June 12. They are both charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder and the extradition process to get them back to Canada is underway. Hamilton Police Services have said the two shooting victims and the two accused knew each other, but the details of

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TYLER PRATT their relationship has not been revealed. The CBC quoted Hamilton Police Det. Sgt. Jim Callender following the arrests. “One of the greatest feelings is telling the families,” Callender said. “I think there is a desire for the investigative team, you see the satisfaction on the team, but that is just amplified once you can see the faces of the surviving victim and hear the voices of the family that’s in B.C.”

Police have released the name of the woman whose death in Naramata is believed to be connected to the murders of two Kamloops brothers, whose bodies were found in the area in May. The body of Kathleen Richardson, 57, of Naramata was found in a home in the South Okanagan community on June 9. Mounties have said they believe the death of Richardson is connected to the deaths of

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Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer, whose bodies were discovered on May 10 in a remote location in the Naramata Creek area. Police have said all three deaths are likely connected to the local drug trade and gang activity. “We are releasing Kathleen’s name in order to help further the ongoing investigation,” BC RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts said. “Investigators want to speak to anyone who had dealings with Kathleen in the days before her

A large police presence in Valleyview on the weekend was connected to a shooting. Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Darren Michels said police were called to the Valleyview Square shopping centre at 2121 TransCanada Hwy. E. at about

death. Understanding her movements or activities will help continue to move this investigation forward.” In addition, police are also asking for any dash-cam video from anyone who was driving in the Naramata area from Monday, June 6, through Wednesday, June 9. Anyone with information about the deaths of Richardson or the Fryer brothers is asked to contact the RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit tipline at 1-877987-8477.

5:30 p.m. on Sunday. The call was in response to a report that a male had been shot and had collapsed in the parking lot of the shopping centre, where bystanders performed first-aid. The victim was transported to the Royal Inland

Hospital for treatment of his injuries and is believed to be in stable condition. Michels said the use of a police dog tracking team has led investigators to believe the shooting took place near the Thompson River, across Highway 1 from the shopping centre.


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School District 73 will proceed with catchment changes at a number of Kamloops schools. The changes were proposed after the district’s longterm facilities plan revealed over-utilization at a number of schools, with some around 150 per cent capacity and expected to grow even more. In April, the district began a consultation process for catchment area changes to a number of Kamloops schools, including Aberdeen/Pacific Way, Sa-Hali/SKSS, Dallas/ R.L. Clemitson and Juniper Ridge/Marion Schilling. On Monday night, the board made a decision on all proposed changes except Juniper Ridge/Marion Schilling, including the proposed reopening of Ralph Bell elementary. Those schools’ consultation period continues until June 21 and a decision is expected on June 28. District staff put seven recommendations to trustees

SD73 APPROVES 2022 BOUNDARY ALTERATIONS TO FOUR ELEMENTARY AND TWO SECONDARY SCHOOLS and all were approved — with some reservations. In order to relieve pressure at Sa-Hali secondary, which is operating at 135 per cent capacity and has seven portables, South Kamloops secondary boundaries will be extended to absorb some Sa-Hali students. Dufferin elementary will also be designated as a feeder school to South Kamloops secondary, rather than Sa-Hali secondary. Additionally, a number of district programs at Sa-Hali will be relocated to other schools in the city. To ease enrolment pressure at Dallas elementary, the catchment area for R.L. Clemitson elementary will be expanded slightly to include the Campbell Creek area and any future development there. Grade 5 students at Dallas elementary can remain there or enrol at R.L. Clemitson. At Pacific Way elementary, which is located in the fast-

growing area of southwest Kamloops, the catchment area will shrink as the Aberdeen elementary catchment area is extended to the south. Pacific Way students currently in Grade 5 will remain at that school to complete their Grade 7 year. Siblings of students in that cohort will be allowed to remain or enrol at Aberdeen elementary. School trustee Kathleen Karpuk voted in favour of the recommendation, but said she did so begrudgingly, voicing her concerns to the board. Karpuk said she had “very serious concerns” around traffic safety and the need for some students to cross Aberdeen Drive. “If this passes, we’ll need to put some serious pressure on the city to install lights to make it safer for students,” she said. Trustee John O’Fee also had reservations about the recommendation, but ultimately approved it, saying

there were not a lot of good alternatives. “I’m going to support this because we don’t have a lot of options, and this is the best of the choices we have available to us,” he told the board. O’Fee said the walkability for students as a result of the changes may be less than ideal, but noted students have been able to handle similar issues at other district schools. SD73 is also working on a business case for a school in the Pineview Valley area, with the support of the Ministry of Education in hand. District Supt. Terry Sullivan said that while progress toward building the school is good news for easing enrolment pressures in the southwest sector, it won’t solve the problems being addressed by the proposed catchment area changes. The approved changes will come into effect for the fall of 2022.

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he TNRD wants to build a third library in Kamloops, across from Aberdeen Mall, to the north. When we posted the story to our Facebook page, it became a very popular topics of conversation, with more than three-dozen comments within a few hours of it being online. There were people in favour and opposed to the proposal, but one comment caught my eye. “We still want to invest public dollars into physical buildings that house libraries? Really?” That comment was posted by a well-known developer in Kamloops whose company is very busy in constructing physical buildings of the residential/commercial variety. I suppose the takeway from the developer’s comment is that “physical buildings” are an anachronism

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MUSINGS unless they provide profit to those behind their creation. What the comment fails to acknowledge is that libraries have long been more than brick-andmortar buildings from where people borrow books. Borrowing reading and watching and listening material is certainly central to a library’s function,

but it is so much more than that. From tiny tots to golden agers and everyone between, libraries serve as de facto community centres, where people can learn to read, join myriad groups, learn to use computers, pick up new skills, separate fact from fiction without being harassed by conspiracy-laden nonsense so prevalent online, meet new friends, read newspapers and magazines and seek shelter when a rest is needed. When I moved to Kamloops in 2005, one of the first tasks was to get a library card for myself and my two young kids. From summer reading challenges to many Saturdays spent wandering the aisles and having books jump out at you, my children grew to love trips to the downtown library — and that marvelous and magical museum of magnificence helped foster their love of reading.

Yes, there if information online and we all use the internet to access it. But when you walk into a library and pull a reference book off a shelf, you can be confident its contents have not been doctored by that weird Qanon neighbour down the street. Yes, there are many online retailers that can deliver books straight to your door. But, just as Netflix did for watching movies at home, ordering books online eliminates that singular joyful feeling of aimlessly browsing the stacks and, by chance, finding a book that utterly thrills you. The internet has been the great disrupter, with many victims in its wake. According to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the number of active library cardholders in the TNRD has dropped, from 93,000 (75 per cent of the population) in

2004 to 40,000 (30 per cent of the population) in 2019. The good news is that 40,000 mark represents a gradual rise in cardholder numbers from 2014 to 2019. Regardless of cardholder data, though, the library is about much more than how many people use their card and how often. A library is community and nothing online can connect a community like “physical buildings that house libraries.” In a perfect world, we would have a library on every corner. There was another comment on our library story, one that took an opposing view to that of our developer friend. “Love books,” Bee Willman wrote. “Can’t replace them.” Really? Yes, really. editor@kamloopsthisweek.com

The silly season has arrived early this year Normally it happens in August, when wicked people across the Northern Hemisphere temporarily stop doing evil things to take their children to the beach and enjoy the last of the summer. With no bad news to report, desperate journalists will run any story, however silly. Why is it Silly Season in June this year? Because the U.S. Department of Defence has announced it will release a report on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP), which is what people who want to sound grown-up say instead of “unidentified flying objects” (UFOs). The key parts of the report were leaked

GWYNNE DYER at once, but there’s nothing really new in it apart from the categorical assurance that UFO sightings were not actually merely topsecret U.S. technology. The story practically took over the U.S. media for a day, and much of the rest of the world’s, as well. Even readers of this column asked me to comment on it. The only reason UFOs/UAPs were such excellent media fodder in their heyday in the 1950s, and why they are making a comeback now, is the hope and/or fear that aliens

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are among us — flying saucers, in other words, controlled by aliens who may or may not be friendly. There are rival, non-alien-related explanations, of course, but they all fail. For example, there is the hypothesis these mysterious flying objects are really ultra-advanced Chinese or Russian technology being tested over the United States, but that’s utterly implausible. Then there are all the suggestions that the UFOs are optical illusions, meteorological phenomena or electromagnetic events. Most alleged UFO sightings undoubtedly do fit into one of those categories, but there

is a residue of cases where no obvious explanation is available. However, that does not entitle us to assume that we are being watched by aliens. I’m not saying that ‘aliens’ don’t exist. The fact that life has emerged on this planet shows at least the possibility that it exists on other planets too. What I find completely incredible is the notion that such a ruthless, universal, billions-of-years-old civilisation would be monitoring us with devices that we can actually see. That does not compute. Read the entire column online at kamloops thisweek.com, under the Opionion tab.

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KUDOS TO KTW ON MA MURRAY AWARDS Editor: Congratulations to Kamloops This Week for its five awards at this year’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards, which annually honour excellence in community journalism in B.C. and the Yukon. KTW continues to persevere and impress with both a freely delivered newspaper once a week and online content daily. Congratulations to all editorial staff mentioned in the five winning categories. And dare I mention reporter Jessica Wallace for the hardhitting investigative report-

ing of the spending at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District under former CAO Sukh Gil? The stories have prompted an RCMP investigation and led to the regional district to hire an outside agency to undertake a thorough investigative audit. Congratulations to the whole Kamloops This Week team for delivering both thought-provoking and awardwinning content to our community. Les Evens Kamloops

Editor: I’d like to correct some misinformation quoted by city staff in regards to a KTW story on a trail in Peterson Creek being restored to its natural state by city crews. Jeff Putnam of the municipality said the city built a new trail called Creekside when the previous one fell into the creek. This is not so. The section of trail has fallen into the creek twice in recent years. The first time, the city did nothing. The second time, crews came and posted two small “trail closed” signs at each end. Crews did not construct a new trail and, other than Xget’tem, have not built a new trail in lower Peterson in the last decade, to my knowledge.

Putnam said people destroyed “native plants” in constructing a new trail. The junipers along that trail are not native to Kamloops. Park users have done far less damage to native plants than did city crews that just came through and killed the cottonwood saplings in their path. It is upsetting that the city would not put the same amount of effort into maintaining the trails in Peterson Creek as it did in deactivating them. Crews could have just as easily they repaired and restored the erosion problem. They didn’t even bother to pick tup heir own fallen concrete barriers out of the creek bed. One has been there so long that

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HAVE WE BEEN DEFEATED BY THE CRIMINALS? Editor: Criminals are winning. Is downtown Kamloops safe anymore? Businesses are repeatedly burgled and theft of bikes is on the rise, with chop

shops operating. Apparently, the criminal element has taken over the downtown at night. I have heard of a knife being pulled on pedestrians who were

walking Rivers Trail and illicit drugs being sold out of a parking lot on Victoria Street during business hours. Meanwhile, panhandlers lean against the “Do Not

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it is almost buried. New residents and tourists come to the park every single day to hike to Bridal Falls and they are greeted with a huge sign that says they are not welcome. But has the city attempted to improve the park based on how park users are using it? Nope. These were actively used trails and, without a word or a warning, the city destroyed them and the native plants in their path. Krystal Jeffrey Kamloops

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The need for road resurfacing is driving a major road project that began this week in Sahali — with Columbia Street West between Notre Dame Drive and McGil Road, Notre Dame Drive between Columbia Street West and Summit Drive and Summit Drive between McGill Road and Notre Dame Drive being milled and repaved. City of Kamloops capital projects manager Darren Crundwell said the $2.6-million Columbia corridor project, which will last about two months, is needed because asphalt in the area is well beyond its useful life. Work has started on Notre Dame Drive. Crundwell said minor utility work — water main upgrades between McDonald’s and the Bank of Montreal — will be done first. Traffic signalization infrastruc-

ture upgrades at the intersection of Columbia Street West and Notre Dame Drive will follow. “They won’t look a lot different, but it’s new signals going in there,” Crundwell said, noting installation of the signal and utility work will be the only underground work to occur as part of the project. That area and Notre Dave Drive toward the entrance into Starbucks will also be milled and repaved. The intersection of Notre Dame and Summit Drive, adjacent to Sa-Hali secondary and Toys R Us, will also see a facelift, with modified right-turn channels, as well as median and boulevard modifications. The city is also planning to build a new multi-use pathway connecting to that area at the Xget’tem’ Trail, but Crundwell said that construction work won’t occur until later this year. “Other than the physical location, they’re not connected at all,” Crundwell said, noting that project

is slated to begin in September after road resurfacing in the area in order to mitigate traffic impacts. During work, Notre Dame Drive will be closed to westbound traffic for three weeks and a detour will be provided to westbound traffic via Summit Drive. Crundwell said the city is trying to do a lot of work at night in order to mitigate impacts on the public and get the project done in the busy area as quickly as possible. The city is advising people to avoid the area, expect delays, utilize detours and have patience. “We still want to see them support businesses, but if they [Kamloops residents] can avoid the corridor, avoid the corridor,” Crundwell advised. “As you know, that’s arguably the busiest area in the city.” The project is being funded primarily from the city’s annual arterial roads budget. BA Dawson Blacktop Ltd. is the prime contractor.


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A creekside controversy is brewing in Peterson Creek. Fraser Street resident Brenda Muliner said she recently heard from a neighbour that digging had occurred in the downtown nature park in which she has hiked for more than a half-century. Muliner visited the area last weekend and said she was “shocked” to see some of her favourite creekside trail torn out. Portions of trail running along the creek near the Xget’tem’ Trail are being restored to their natural state by the city, due to public safety concerns over erosion. Muliner said much of it was part of a heritage trail, travelling up from Glenfair Drive to the waterfall and has been there since before the bridge was constructed. She said it provided quiet shady trail in the summer, space during the COVID-19 pandemic and access to the creek. Muliner said day cares attend the area and, when she visited over the weekend, she spoke with an elderly couple who had been visiting for years. The couple was in tears when they saw

what has been done to the trail, Muliner said. “People, I think, are really upset and don’t want to see the loss of these beautiful areas and trails,” she said. Muliner is a board member of the Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association. She said the issue is of concern to the association, which she said wants to ensure work stops and consultation occurs. Chris Ortner is the neighbourhood association president. He said the issue goes beyond trail usage, noting he has complained to the province about potential violation of riparian area regulations. “Because the digging goes right down to the creek,” he said, telling KTW he noticed the addition of silt in creek water. “You need to have a permit even to operate within the riparian area.” City of Kamloops CAO David Trawin said the municipality is doing restoration work in the area due to the illegal trail and erosion. Trawin said the city wanted to stop people from going into that area by naturalizing it. Furthermore, the city’s parks manager, Jeff Putnam, said the decision came down to public safety. He said an original formal trail, the

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Creekside Trail, washed out naturally a couple of years ago, forcing the city to dismantle the route and create a new one, still called Creekside and located parallel to the old trail, about 15 feet away. Despite signs requesting people to stay away from the eroded area, Putnam said those were ignored and barricades were set aside. Trawin added that people not only continued to use the trail, but forged new access, including cutting away native trees to improve access. “What was happening is it was dumping people right into an eroded area of Peterson Creek and it was obviously very unsafe to use,” Putnam said. In addition to safety concerns, Putnam said good trail management practice is to return it to its natural habitat, so the city has put down soil and seed. Putnam said it’s not the first time the city has had to alter a trail — and it won’t be the last. He said the city balances recreation and conservation in its parks, including rejecting requests for additional biking trails in Kenna Cartwright Park. Trawin said the work in Peterson Creek is part of regular park maintenance, which would not require public consultation.

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Every September, I look forward to taking part in Kamloops This Week’s Raise a Reader Day. It is a fabulous fundraiser and it is so important to promote early literacy initiatives. When I was in school, I remember some of the books we read: To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Outsiders, Catcher in the Rye and many more. However, I must confess I have taken reading for granted over the last 30 years and only read a book on my annual vacation. I always seemed to have an excuse that I was too busy and preferred reading newspapers, recipes and, more recently, dating profiles. When the pandemic hit, I was one of those people who started baking bread, planting a garden and, lo and behold, reading books. Many people in my family are voracious readers. I have friends in book clubs and my daughter always has a book on the go. Recently, I found myself invited as a guest to a friend’s house for a book club discussion as I had read the same book they had. When I was there, I saw Deb, a woman I know. I won’t reveal her last name as she is also a member of a different book club. Can you imagine? I asked her if the members of these two respective clubs knew she was sneaking around, reading another book. She proceeded to tell me that, sometimes, she has three books going at once. This boggled my mind and I started asking around. It turns out there are many bookaholics in

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Indigenous population hit hard in overdose crisis 254 FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE DIED OF DRUG OVERDOSES IN 2020, COMPARED TO 116 IN 2019 MICHAEL POTESTIO

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Fatal overdoses disproportionately affected B.C.’s Indigenous population, particularly women, as illicit drug deaths spiked in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to statistics released by the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), 254 First Nations people died of drug overdoses in the province last year — the highest total since 2016 when the opioid epidemic began. That number is a 119 per cent increase over the 116 Indigenous individuals who died of drug overdoses in 2019. Indigenous peoples have been over-represented in the public health emergency, accounting for about 15 per cent of toxic drug deaths in 2020, while making up just 3.3

per cent of B.C.’s population. That statistic is up from 2019, when First Nations peoples comprised 11.8 per cent of fatal overdoses. The rate First Nations people died also increased — at 5.3 times the rate of other B.C. residents in 2020, up from 3.9 times in 2019, according to the FNHA. It’s also the widest gap seen since 2016. Last year saw the highestever number of toxic drug deaths among both First Nations women and men — 172 men and 82 women. First Nations women were especially affected, accounting for 32 per cent of drug deaths for First Nations people, which is double the rate of non-First Nations women in B.C. last year, according to the FNHA. Dr. Nel Wieman, FNHA’s acting deputy medical officer, said the opioid crisis had been improving with reduced num-

bers for both the province as a whole and B.C. First Nations until the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year. Public health measures to reduce exposure to COVID19, she said, are believed to have resulted in more people choosing to use drugs alone and made it more difficult to access harm-reduction sites and services. It also comes at a time when street drugs are increasingly more toxic through the use of cutting agents such as fentanyl and carfentanil. “The significant reduction in toxic drug deaths amongst B.C. First Nations in 2019 was erased in 2020 and the death rate from toxic drugs began to rise,” Wieman said during a recent press conference. Wieman said in addition to the pandemic, First Nations are disproportionately represented in illicit drug

deaths because they often face barriers such as insufficient access to culturally safe mental-health and addiction treatments, systemic racism in accessing health care and intergenerational traumas leading to high degrees of stress and, subsequently, substance use. To address some of the challenges posed by COVID19, the FNHA launched a virtual substance-use and psychiatric service, supported expanded access to prescription alternatives and opioid agonist therapy, developed a harm-reduction policy and expanded harm-reduction education around B.C. in 2020. The FNHA also dispensed more than 18,000 doses of nasal naloxone spray through pharmacies and more than 4,000 nasal naloxone kits to more than 90 First Nations communities in B.C. that

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Motel to house those in need KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK

The provincial government has purchased the Fortune Motel in North Kamloops, with the property at 654 Fortune Dr. destined to be turned into supportive housing for those who are homeless. The government, via BC Housing, bought the motel property for approximately $3.6 million through the Supportive Housing Fund. The motel will initially be renovated to provide up to 40 temporary supportive homes and BC Housing will work with the City of Kamloops and the community on a plan for the permanent use of the property. BC Housing is in the process of finding an experienced nonprofit operator to manage the project. A request for proposals will be issued in the coming weeks. Other supportive housing projects in Kamloops are managed by the ASK Wellness Society and Canadian Mental Health

Association, among other agencies. The future operator will provide support services, such as daily meals, mentorship and lifeskills training. It will also support residents to access mental-health and addiction treatment for those who are seeking this type of support. There will also be multiple staff on site around the clock who will monitor the property and support residents’ well-being. The former motel includes two buildings — a larger 28-unit building and a smaller 12-unit building. Prior to reopening as supportive housing in the early fall, the property will undergo renovations to create an amenity and programming space, as well as upgrades to the rooms and site upgrades to ensure the property is secure and safe for residents and the community. BC Housing will be applying to the city to rezone the property later this year and will submit a proposal outlining potential

long-term plans for the site, which BC Housing has yet to determine. The future non-profit operator will also set up a community advisory committee that will oversee the supportive housing’s integration within the community and address any concerns raised by people in the neighbourhood. “Buying this property means that dozens of people who are struggling to find a place to live in Kamloops will have safe and secure shelter, as we work with the community on plans for this property to provide the housing people need for years to come,” Attorney General David Eby said in a release. “While there is much more to do, helping people come inside, keeping them off of the streets and out of the parks is good news for them and the community.” More information on the project is online at letstalkhousingbc.ca/kamloops-654-fortune, where the public can also ask questions.

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Peter ter Weeme, BCLC’s chief social purpose officer and vice-president of player experience, speaks during the raising of the Progress flag outside the Kamloops head office on June 10. The unveiling of the flag and an updated Pride crosswalk at the BCLC headquarters marks the company’s celebration of Pride Month. The Progress flag is similar to the rainbow flag but it adds a chevron along the hoist. DAVE EAGLES/KTW

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City considering easing minimum parking rules JESSICA WALLACE

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The City of Kamloops is looking at reducing parking minimums required for new developments in core areas, including downtown, North Kamloops and around Thompson Rivers University. As part of a zoning bylaw update on Tuesday, staff brought forward to a committee of the whole meeting amendments to reduce parking space requirements in a bid to encourage increased housing supply. Committee of the whole meetings are held to allow council to engage in in-depth discussion of issues. Recommendations from the committee of the whole meetings are voted on at an upcoming regular council meeting. Coun. Kathy Sinclair said housing, versus parking, is the highest and best use of land, noting families are living in RVs in Kamloops. She said it is worth exploring parking minimums in core areas. However, she suggested further public engagement on the matter was needed and made a notice of motion requesting staff bring back a report on the matter. Coun. Mike O’Reilly said he would not

support Sinclair’s motion and that, while he likes the sentiment, parking elicits among the most complaints from residents. He said council recently heard from someone concerned about too many people parking in front of their home, causing them to be unable to bring in their groceries. “The solution was potentially looking at enforcement, to make sure people move along,” O’Reilly said. “But when we don’t have any parking for anyone to move along into, that’s where I become concerned

because we can’t really do that.” Coun. Arjun Singh noted car-sharing opportunities in place in Kelowna and asked whether car-sharing initiatives could be required of developers in Kamloops. Staff said it would be difficult to administer and follow up on after the fact. Singh stressed the need for innovation, suggesting a developer-led car-sharing co-op be examined. “So, the groceries example is a great example. I go for groceries once every week or two, right?” Singh said.

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Site of deadly house fire was proposed site of fire hall for Monte Creek area JESSICA WALLACE

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There is cruel irony in the wake of a fire on June 8 that claimed a life and destroyed a home in the Monte Creek area east of Kamloops. As plans for fire protection in the area continue to be discussed, it has emerged that the current owner of the property had pledged to donate land to house a fire hall. And, in 1984, a request by applicant Bar HH Cattle Company for a community firehall site on the property was rejected by the Agricultural Land Commission. As first reported by Radio NL on June 9, the 1984 application asked for permission to subdivide a 0.2-hectare lot from the 94-hectare property. The ALC

denied the request in September 1984, basing its refusal “on the grounds that the proposal would be an intrusion into an area of good agricultural potential.” When the ALC was asked to reconsider its decision in November 1984, it again rejected the request, referencing its original reasoning and adding, “There are vacant lots adjacent to the proposed site which lie outside of the ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve). Many other alternatives appear to be available in the nonALR area of Monte Creek.” “It’s just so sad that this was actually underway and in process before this awful tragic fire,” Thompson-Nicola Regional District chair Ken Gillis told KTW. Gillis said he had met with the current property owner, Ed Herman, and another area resident about need for fire protection in the Monte Creek

A June 8 fire destroyed this home at 1257 Hook Rd., claiming one life.

area. The area is located within the TNRD, slightly outside the City of Kamloops and outside boundaries of both the city and nearby Pritchard. Without fire protection, property owners are at the behest of nearby fire departments and are required to request service in times of emergency, hoping enough resources are available

for help from a neighbour. In the case of the June 8 fire at 1257 Hook Rd., that didn’t happen until it was too late, Gillis said, noting a delay before that call was made for help, which was ultimately approved. Meanwhile, Gillis said both parties with whom he met in the recent past about fire protection were keen on establishing a fire department.

“Mr. Herman, whose property burned the other night, was the one who said, ‘If you can make this happen, Ken, I will donate an acre for the firehall,’” Gillis said. “So, I got busy on that.” Gillis said following that meeting, staff indicated the population of Monte Creek could not support an independent fire department. Thus came the idea by Gillis to piggyback off Pritchard’s department by building a satellite fire hall in Monte Creek. Gillis said Prichard’s fire department has training facilities and necessary equipment. He said the regional district is in the process of conducting an informal survey to determine support from residents for such a proposal, with a formal proposal that would follow and, potentially, a referendum, should adequate support be indicated.

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The larger tax bill often applies when the surviving spouse passes away. This is also the case for single or divorced individuals. For illustration purposes, let’s consider a scenario where Jane, a widow, who has two adult children and passes away with the following assets: $800,000 Principle Residence paid $400,000 in sole name $400,000 Rental Property paid $300,000 in sole name $500,000 RSP/RIF beneficiary are 2 children $100,000 Tax Free Savings Account beneficiary are 2 children $100,000 Investment Account in sole name with a $50,000 cost base $100,000 Vehicle and Bank Accounts $ 0 Debt $2,000,000 Total Assets & Net Worth Probate in BC is approximately 1.4% on all assets that fall into estates valued over $25,000. Assets such as RSPs, RIFs, Tax Free Savings Accounts and Life Insurance with direct beneficiaries generally fall outside of probate. For Jane's estate, everything except the TFSA + RSP would be subject to probate. This would result in 1.4% x $1,400,000= $19,600 that her executor would need to pay prior to distributing the estate. The larger bill comes from Jane's terminal tax return. Assuming she passed away on January 1st and had no pension or other income, she would owe the following:

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LOCAL NEWS Carrie McAstocker is paralyzed from the chest down, the result of an accident in 2007, when she fell down stairs and fractured her neck. McAstocker receives publicly funded at-home care through Interior Health, but said care-aids have not been showing up for various visits. DAVE EAGLES/KTW

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hen nobody shows up, Carrie McAstocker sleeps in her wheelchair. On those days, the 59-year-old quadriplegic woman — who lives with her cat Loulou in a North Kamloops apartment and receives at-home care as a person with disabilities — may get an hour’s worth of shut-eye. The next day is awful, due to exhaustion and body spasms. Worse still, she said, is the response from health authorities, suggesting if she doesn’t like it, she should give up her independence. “They want me to break and say, ‘OK, I’ll go into a home,’” McAstocker told KTW. “But I’m not going in no home.” McAstocker is paralyzed from the chest down, the result of an accident in 2007, when she fell down stairs and fractured her neck. She is an incomplete quadriplegic, meaning she has some limited function in her arms, but can’t close her fingers. She moved to Kamloops in recent years to be closer to her sister, but her sibling cannot care for her. McAstocker receives publicly funded at-home care through Interior Health, through which a rotating roster of careaids is supposed to attend her apartment four times daily — once at each meal time and a fourth time to lift her into bed. Lately, however, McAstocker said care-aids have not been showing up for various visits. It happens unexpectedly a few times per week,

she said, with as little as a half-hour’s notice. As a result, when McAstocker’s bedtime visit is cancelled, she has nobody to help her get into bed, forcing her to sleep in her chair. When meal time is cancelled, she is told she can order delivery, though she can’t afford to do so regularly on $800 disability assistance. McAstocker said she was told the cancellations are due to staffing issues and was advised of her option to go into longterm care. But she doesn’t want to go, calling such facilities “depressing,” and alluding to them as a place for seniors that strip one of independence. Despite the need for help at meal time and before bed, McAstocker said she remains independent, paying her own bills, shopping for her own groceries, sweeping her own floor and making her own bed. In addition, McAstocker said moving into a long-term care facility would take away her privacy and, potentially, her pet. She has had Loulou, a part-Maine coon kitty, since the cat was five weeks of age and describes her as her “baby.” “I’ve had her for so long, I’m not going to give her away,” she said. Instead of edging her out of her home, McAstocker said Interior Health should fix its staffing issue by backfilling vacancies with contractors, such as Nurse Next Door or Comfort Keepers. She said she once forked over $200 of her own money for Nurse Next Door staff to help her into bed on a day when she was too sore to sleep in her chair. McAstocker believes

other people receiving at-home care are too afraid to speak up about problems they are experiencing. McAstocker is blunt — she won’t be bullied and has had enough. It’s not the first time she has taken a government institution to task, previously speaking with the Prince George Citizen and questioning why the Ministry of Social Development would not cover her moving costs from Prince George to Kamloops to be closer to family. “What I want is to be treated fairly,” she said. “I don’t want to be public enemy No. 1, how they treat me. And because there’s not enough staff, I would rather them contract me out instead of me missing all these hours.” Asked about the careaid staffing situation in Kamloops, how often people who receive athome care are having appointments cancelled and why it was suggested McAstocker consider trading independent living for long-term care, Interior Health provided the following statement to KTW: “Interior Health’s priority is to ensure that all clients receive timely, regular home support visits. “If appointments are missed for reasons on the part of Interior Health or the client, rescheduling occurs as quickly as possible. Where clients have ongoing concerns, we encourage them to speak to their case manager or the patient care quality office. “Though we cannot speak to a current client’s specific circumstances due to privacy, case managers will discuss options for higher levels of care when the client’s care needs can no longer be met in the community.”


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Kamloops’ top cop said he expects property crime to continue to rise due to changes that have impacted the effectiveness of policing. Meanwhile, a city councillor said she is worried about an overwhelming sense of community frustration. “Everywhere you turn, it’s like, ‘Well we can’t because of these limitations or these resources or for this reason,’ which are all valid. I’m not questioning that,” Coun. Sadie Hunter told the city’s community services committee meeting on Thursday (June 10). “What I am worried about is that frustration is going to start to overflow and turn to vigilantism and taking things into their own hands.” Hunter said that frustration is at the edge, where it is about to bubble over. “I think that sense is not just one that I’m feeling,” she said. “It’s pretty wide in the community.” Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky gave a rundown of first-quarter crime statistics, from January through March. His presentation came in the wake of a letter about crime, sent by the North Shore Business Improvement Association to the city and RCMP. That letter detailed a business owner victimized by crime and told by unwelcome guests in his patio that they “own the streets.” Lecky said that while reported property crime appears to be down compared to 2020, he believes a more accurate metric to compare the current state of property crime in the community is to compare this year’s statistics to those of 2019, due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Compared to 2020, reported property crime has decreased by 28 per cent, with 304 fewer files. Compared to 2019, however, first-quarter reported property crime in 2021 has increased by 30 per cent, with 184 more files. Burglaries of businesses decreased by 44 per cent (56 fewer files) compared to the same period in 2020, a time that included the onset of the pandemic and myriad business closures. Compared to 2019, however, business burglaries rose by 13 per cent, with eight more files. When looking at all other property crime statistics in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 2019, the numbers

are all up this year: theft of motor vehicles increased by 114 per cent (33 more files), break and enters in residences increased by 35 per cent (nine more files) and shoplifting increased by 31 per cent (53 more files). Lecky said he believes calls for service and incidents of property crime will increase again next year. He added that social media has increased awareness of property-crime issues. He said factors beyond police control, including charge approval standards in the courts, policy decisions and case law, have impacted policing, noting officers are as frustrated as residents. Lecky said the public prosecution service “does not have appetite” to charge for minor property offences and noted recent court decisions and legislation introduced federally have impacted policing. Other frontline changes cited by Lecky include a more cumbersome process to institute curfews. The result being police street checks, once commonplace, are now only allowed for wellness checks. Lecky said police may arrest somebody up to four times and, if someone is convicted, sentencing other than incarceration is encouraged. Collectively, he said, the changes are impacting police effectiveness. “This is why I do believe we’re going to see trends for property crime continue to increase, is we don’t have the ability to hold them accountable like we had before,” Lecky said, adding he sees NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK the trend increasing until policy changes JUNE 13 TO 19, 2021 are enacted. NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK In citing her concerns about community frustration and potential federalretirees.ca JUNE 13 TO 19, 2021 vigilantism, Hunter cited the June 2016 federalretirees.ca attack on teenager Jesse Simpson, who was beaten with a baseball bat and will require life-long care. Kristopher Teichrieb, who was convicted of aggravated assault, had complained to police of numerous property crime incidents prior to the We are the Kamloops Branch - BC12 attack, which occurred when Simpson wandered onto Teichrieb’s Brocklehurst PO Box 1397, Kamloops, BC V2C 6L7 property while walking back from a grad For more information, contact us at party. Phone: 250-571-5007 Coun. Denis WalshNATIONAL suggested PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK increased foot patrols on the streets to Email: kamloopsoffice@gmail.com JUNE 2021federalretirees.ca appease public concerns, while 13 LeckyTO 19, Website: and community services director Byron McCorkell advised people need to We will be pleased to serve you. federalretirees.ca secure their properties and not leave valuables in public view.

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A small gathering at Pioneer Park on a crisp, overcast June 11 morning quickly grew to hundreds. People young and old, many in masks to adhere to pandemic protocols, filled Pioneer Park east of downtown in a sea of orange and purple shirts, showing support for survivors of residential schools and those who did not make it home. The Adams Lake Indian Band paid tribute to the students of the residential school system with the first leg of its Walking Our Spirits Home event — a three-day walk from Kamloops to Chase that began with a walk from the park to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Powwow Arbour. It comes on the heels of Tk’emlups announcing it had discovered the remains of 215 children buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School using ground-penetrating radar, though the Walking Our Spirits Home event had previously been planned. The smell of fragrant smoke drifted through the air, along with the resonant sound of rawhide drums as people gathered in a circle some 50 metres wide before crossing the Red Bridge. A few tears could be seen amongst those in the crowd. Some hugged, sang, danced and wafted themselves as part of a cleansing smudge. Many carried walking sticks wrapped with orange ribbon, which one elder described would wake the spirits when tapped gently on the ground while traversing the bridge. The ceremony began with prayers and speeches. Ahead of the walk, many took offerings of tobacco and sprinkled the dried leaves on the waters off the shore of the South Thompson River as a tribute. Some wore the names of those they were honouring on their shirts and signs. Everybody KTW spoke with had someone in their lives who experienced residential schools. “I’m out here to show my support for the elders. Let the elders know the younger generation is here to support them and help them on their healing journeys,” said Dustin Tomma who attended the event

People gathered at Pioneer Park before the walk to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Powwow Arbour to begin the first leg of the Walking Our Spirits Home event — a three-day walk to Chase. MICHAEL POTESTIO/LJI

with six-year-old daughter, Harmony. He said he brought his daughter to the walk to ensure she is included in their ceremonies and understands her history. The 38-year-old father and fifth generation Squilax man participated in drumming at the event, which meant a lot to him given the family members he has who went through residential school. “I’m here walking for my grandparents,” Tomma said. MJ Johnson, an Aboriginal education worker for School District 73, attended to show her support as an Indigenous person, noting her mother attended residential school near Vanderhoof. Johnson said she wasn’t surprised to hear of the remains of the children found at Tk’emlups, but hopes it will validate stories of abuse from other residential school survivors and push Canada, as a country, forward on reconciliation. Mike Arnouse, an Indigenous elder from Adams Lake in his 70s who attended the Kamloops Indian Residential School, described the walk as a restorative effort. “That’s where they tried to get rid of the culture … it didn’t work,” Arnouse said, noting Indigenous people are healing. See A23


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The crowd walks to the Powwow Arbour in a sombre procession. Marchers carry signs of support on their way. A group of women singers and drummers gather in the Powwow Arbour. MICHAEL POTESTIO PHOTOS/LJI

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The large crowd made its way over the Red Bridge — which was temporarily closed to accommodate the walk — and to the Powwow Arbour about four kilometres away, where the thunderous noise of collective drumming could be heard.

“We have a long journey ahead of us to right the wrongs”

Cliff Arnouse, Adams Lake Indian Band chief

Secwépemc chiefs addressed the crowd at the Powwow Arbour and called for healing. Wayne Christian, tribal chief of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, asked survivors of residential schools to allow others to help them carry the burden. “Pass it on to us,” he said. He told the crowd to understand the significance of the discovery at Tk’emlups. “The world, prior to this, really didn’t understand what all our survivors were talking about — they didn’t believe them,” Christian said. “These children

showed the truth.” He also asked the crowd to pray that the Tk’emlups band gets everything it needs amidst the discovery of the 215 unmarked graves. “A forensic anthropologist, an international legal team — everything,” he said. Adams Lake Indian Band Chief Cliff Arnouse said there is research to be done and a long journey ahead to right the wrongs of the residential school system. “We want to make sure the ones that survived, the ones that left a piece of themselves here, the ones left in graves here, are brought home,” he said. “We need to heal.” Tk’emlups Chief Rosanne Casimir said she was honoured to join the walk, adding they are collectively grieving the discovery while also reflecting on their own family stories. “People are now coming to terms with how the past haunts so many of us,” Casimir said. Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian also addressed the crowd, noting he has experienced an outpouring of emotions from citizens, noting there are some 7,000 Indigenous people living in the City of Kamloops, along with many Catholics, all of whom are hurting. Christian said as the weeks and months go by, the truth of what happened at Tk’emlups will be revealed, but added “the reconciliation will take a great deal more time.” The mayor said he is committed to that work and hoped the weekend trek will bring healing and solace.

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Nutritional deficiencies

Bleeding gums are not normal and indicates the early stage of gum disease. Bleeding also indicates a possible deficiency of Vitamin C. Healthy foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, and oranges may help. Poor nutrition in general can negatively affect the body’s immune system. Low levels of vitamin D are now linked to dental implant failure.

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he small bead hit the back of my head with enough force that, if I didn’t know better, I would have thought a kid had nailed me with a pellet gun. Instinctively, I poked at the tender spot to see if there was blood. There wasn’t any. The only wound I suffered was to my pride. The piece of metal that struck me was at the end of my fly line. Yes, I whupped myself in the head with my fly, as I sometimes do. But there was a reason why it happened, at least that’s what I tell myself. It was the wind that really did it. It was a sudden gust of breeze that snatched my fly line, sending the terminal gear straight at my head. I’m grateful the little pointy part behind the bead didn’t also make contact. When it comes to fly fishing, there is only one enemy, at least as far as I’m concerned. Fly anglers can brave rain, cold, heat, snow, sleet and even infestations of scurrilous biting insects. The only thing that bears the potential to shut down the fly fishing game completely, however, is the wind. There have been a few extremely windy days this past spring, enough to keep me on the shore when I had hoped to be on the water. There are many reasons why the wind is the bogeyman, starting perhaps first with the fact

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NARRATIVE it has a tremendous effect on the surface of the lakes fishermen like to visit. A stiff wind can transform almost any lake into a frothy, rolling mess dangerous to the passage of all but the biggest boats. Some of our local lakes are known for their vulnerability to wind. Stump Lake, for example, is notorious for blowing anglers to dry land. The day starts calm, but soon the wind begins to howl. Often, the wind there comes up fast, almost unnoticed. One year, back when I still fished from a canoe, I found myself pretty much trapped in a small bay on Stump Lake’s far side. I’d been fishing there for a while with my back to the main body of the lake. When I finally noticed the gusts, the waves behind me were whitecapped in big swells, making a traverse to my waiting truck at the boat launch a bit foolhardy. In the end, I paddled back

When is comes to fly fishers, a sudden gust of wind can become their enemy.

by hugging tightly to the lake’s shore, all the way around to the boat launch. But the wind need not be ferocious to cause problems. Swirling, unpredictable gusts can be as devilish to fly anglers as big winds. To understand why, one needs to consider the physics of fly casting. In essence, fly anglers do not cast flies. Instead, we cast fly lines, with the almost weightless fly taken along for the ride. As a result, fly lines are substantial — thick and heavy compared to the monofilament line used in spinning reels. And the process of heaving that line with a rod bears the potential for risk. Few people consider that each back-and-forth pass of the fly rod brings the fly line more or less over the angler’s head. Attached to the end of the line is, of course, that sharp little hook, often weighted slightly with beads or split-shot. It generally

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poses no problem until the wind starts to blow. Then, each gust — especially those coming from the sides or quartering from the front or rear — can cause problems. I stuck a chironomid in a friend’s cheek once after a nasty little gust of wind caught my line at just the wrong time. Amazingly, he plucked it out, wiped away the trickle of blood and said no more about it. However, he did repay the favour later in the day when he dinged his fly not once, but twice off the back of my head. Neither drew blood, though. As a rule, the potential for painful humanhook encounters increases exponentially as both the length of the cast and the wind’s swirling gustiness increase. As a result, I always try to shorten my casts and more carefully watch my timing on blustery days when I have companions in the boat, especially family. I suspect my wife would

not take a chironomid in the cheek as graciously as my friend once did. I don’t doubt there are fly casting experts out there who will say casting problems are always the fault of the angler. Probably true. But until I learn to co-ordinate all my casting muscles and reflexes to the point I can throw out 60 feet of fly line in any conditions, I will continue to practise the only technique I know to be effective when the wind comes up. When the day is windy and you are casting fly lines, know when to duck. Robert Koopmans is an avid angler and hunter who spends as much time as possible in B.C.’s wild places. He also hosts the Hunting & Fishing British Columbia podcast (find it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you find your podcasts). To share a thought, send an email to info@theoutdoornarrative.com.

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Rome holds a special place in Matt Berger’s heart. The 27-year-old skateboarder from Kamloops secured qualification to the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo last week at the Street World Championships in the Italian capital, using energy from the crowd to bounce back from a nasty fall and sneak into the finals. Berger was 17th in Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings heading into the world championships, the final qualifying event for the Games. He was under the impression he needed to be ranked inside the top 16 in the world after the Rome event in order to guarantee his place on Canada’s first-ever Olympic skateboarding team. That world-ranking positioning could be secured by being one of eight skaters to reach the finals at the world championships. One mistake in the warm-up session prior

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Berger’s last trick of the semifinal round was the same one he bailed on during warm-up — a kickflip, backside, tail slide big spin out on the 10-stair rail. He stomped it. “I ended up putting everything together and that trick was the very last try I had and if I didn’t land it, I wouldn’t have made the finals,” Berger said. “The crowd was just so psyched. I just remember rolling away with this huge sense of relief, but also looking at the crowd and being like, ‘You guys helped me with this.’” The video of the trick and his reaction, which includes forming a heart with his hands and pointing to the crowd, is approaching 10,000 likes on Instagram. “That was probably one of the most life-changing tricks I’ve done in competition,” Berger said. “I didn’t even realize it at the time, but in hindsight, that last try and that trick was a really big game changer for my Olympics.” Berger, Andy Anderson of White Rock and Micky Papa

of Vancouver will represent Canada in skateboarding at the postponed 2020 Games, which are scheduled to run from July 23 to Aug. 8. Relationships with companies such as RBC and sponsors Etnies, Flip Skateboards, Monster Energy, Thunder Trucks and Bones Wheels, along with competition prize money and video appearance fees, help Berger pay bills. Qualifying for the history-making Canadian team promises to open up more doors for his career. “General Mills, and I couldn’t even believe it, but they decided to put me on my favourite cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, so you can find that in the local grocery store,” said Berger, who will feature in the X Games Real Street video coming out on July 5. “It’s been very life changing in a lot of ways.” Berger underwent failed knee surgery in 2015. In 2017, he had an experimental, cadaverimplant knee surgery. See FRIENDS, A29

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Isaac Kaay would hit fastforward if he could. The Canadian rugby sevens team is expected on Monday, June 21, to cut its roster down to 14 players, 13 of whom will travel to the postponed 2020 Olympic Summer Games, which are scheduled to run this year from July 23 to Aug. 8 in Tokyo. “I’m looking forward to getting that day over with, whether I make the team or not,” said Kaay, a 27-year-old Kamloops product. “When you work toward something for five years straight, it’s kind of hard to put into words. I’ll probably cry, to be honest with you. I would give probably anything to go at this point, give up a lot to go.” Of the 20 or so players who remain on the roster, 17 are healthy and eligible for selection, said Kaay.

Isaac Kaay (right) of Kamloops is aiming to crack Canada’s rugby sevens roster for the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo.

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. That experience will be taken into consideration, as will his recovery from a knee injury

(torn lateral collateral ligament) in January. Kaay was sidelined when the Canadians travelled to Dubai in April for an Olympic tune-up tournament, missing out on an opportunity to impress team brass, including head coach Henry Paul, who took over in 2019. The Kamloopsian has since returned to full-contact action and played the past three weekends in exhibition matches against Rugby Canada Pacific Pride Performance Academy on Vancouver Island. “I’m optimistic,” Kaay said. “The knee feels really good. “I’m confident in myself and that I’ve done enough in the past and been a pretty big contributor to the team.” Adversity has galvanized the team. The pandemic brought uncertainty and threatened to pre-empt the Games, a bitter labour dispute with Rugby Canada took place in 2018 and

the team lost its head coach when Damian McGrath was fired in 2019. Some team members have put their professional lives on hold for nearly a decade while pursuing Olympic caps (Canada failed to qualify for Rio 2016). “We’re extremely tight,” Kaay said. “You have guys straight up battling for spots against one another and no one is saying a bad word about another. It’s a very cool, tight-knit group and I think that’s why we’ve had success in the past.” The tight-knit group will lose a few members on Monday, Olympic dreams dashed at the eleventh hour. “It’ll be heartbreaking,” Kaay said. “Yeah, it’s quite nerve racking. Fingers crossed I get a good phone call and can book my trip. “I think the whole group is aware the best team needs to go. Whether I’m part of that group or not, the best team does need to go.”

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BRIEFS Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season is slated to begin on Oct. 1 and conclude on Feb. 20., a 42-game campaign for each of the league’s 20 clubs. The playoffs will begin on Feb. 22. The league’s executive committee has two new members after Kamloops Storm governor Matt Kolle and Princeton Posse governor Mark McNaughton were selected to serve twoyear terms representing the Doug Birks and Bill Ohlhausen divisions, respectively.

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“So to mentally be in those spaces and then to be able to have come back from that place, in hindsight, is overwhelming, especially after Rome, realizing, hey, you did this — you’re going to the Olympics,” Berger said. And he might be going to Japan with a childhood friend from Kamloops, Isaac Kaay, who is likely to find out on Monday if he cracks the roster of the Canadian rugby sevens squad that will compete at the Games. “That’s like my brother,” said Berger, who attended elementary and secondary school with Kaay. “We keep talking in hopes we can do the opening ceremony and cruise together, but I don’t know if COVID is going to allow for it.” Berger was born and raised in Kamloops and credits mentors such as Derek Swaim and Stacy Gabriel for contributing to his development. “For me, growing up, we ended up getting the new skate

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acters visiting medieval France. The novel was made into a movie in 2003. It has been said that today’s science fiction can become tomorrow’s science fact. However, I’m not convinced the ability to travel back in time would be a good thing. There are some potential benefits. It could help historians as they are able to examine details of past events. And it could be a refreshing reprieve to spend some time in a nostalgic world of yesterday. But some might use this technology to go back in time to change aspects of the present. Theoretically, one could return to the 1980s and purchase stock of Apple and Microsoft. The stock values have increased significantly over the years, which means a small investment in 1987 could be worth a small fortune today. Or one could find the winning lottery numbers from a past draw,

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buy the ticket and enjoy sudden wealth. It is also possible that a time traveller could have the goal of killing a tyrannical ruler before the ruler could assume power. Whether this would be a good use of time travel technology cannot be known. If one despot is eliminated, would someone even worse rise to power instead? If one war could be prevented, would something more destructive occur later? I don’t know what the alleged time traveller was doing in the world of 1943. He may have been on a field trip from a future history class. He might have been relaxing after spending the previous days investing in stocks he knew would skyrocket in value. Or he may have done something to alter the course of the future. If he prevented something from happening, we today would have no way of knowing. The future we know would

have happened without any traces of the future that might have been. Talk of time travel is a nice diversion, but at present, it doesn’t exist — at least not to my knowledge. The more likely explanation for the man in the picture is that he is rolling a cigarette, looking at a pocket watch or jotting down the telephone number of someone he has just met. On the other hand, if time travel works, it’s possible a future version of myself has gone back in time to write this column, after first stopping in the 1980s to buy Apple and Microsoft stock. This future me, now extremely wealthy, has returned to his own original time and is enjoying a nice cup of tea. John Arendt is editor of the Summerland Review. He can be reached by email at news@summerlandreview.com.

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2040 Galore Cres $1,119,900

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• Full side by side duplex • Each side has 3 levels • One side has 5 bedrooms, 3 up and 2 in the basement • The other side has 3 bedrooms and an unfinished basement • Currently rented for $3650 per month • Both sides have had many renovations and are in good condition • Close to shopping, schools, bus, and Rivers trail. • The yards are fenced and offer lane access • Notice required for showings.

• Custom built home is sure to impress • Close to 4000 sq ft and a mortgage helper! • Grand entranceway features 18 ft ceilings and opens up into a large living area • Main floor: spacious kitchen, two dining areas, an office, laundry and access to the two car garage! • 2nd Level: 5 bedrooms, a jack and jill bathroom between two rooms, and additional 4 piece bathroom • Master bedroom features a spacious walk-in closet, oversized ensuite and its own private sun deck • Private, level, backyard with garden, storage shed, and concrete patio • Self contained 1 bed daylight suite, with separate access = great income

• Panoramic city, river and mountain view • Located in desirable Juniper West • Open concept design, large view windows, high end finishing’s • Large great room with gas fireplace • Custom kitchen from Excel, Kitchenaid appliances, quartz countertops • Hardwood floors • Stunning master bedroom with custom walk-in closet • Grand 5 piece en-suite with a freestanding tub, spacious shower and double vanity • Large Laundry space (same level as master) • Potential for 1 bedroom in-law suite • Landscaped with underground irrigation systems.


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8 - 2171 Van Horne - Commanding views from this 1 owner 5 year old 2 storey townhome in Aberdeen are sure to please. Main floor has it all including master bedroom with beautiful ensuite and laundry. 2nd floor features 1 bedroom, den & storage plus 4 piece bathroom. High ceilings, quartz counter tops, engineered hardwood flooring, upgraded lighting package, stainless appliances & window coverings are just some of the quality features. Pets and rentals allowed with approval. $609,900

2504 Sunset Drive - Unique opportunity, this ranch style home of 1,703 sf is on a C4 zoned lot in East Valleyview. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, double garage + storage shed and ample parking on the fully fenced yard. $569,900

2145 Glenwood Drive – Large fully fenced yard (84x232) with a 42x20 detached shop. Centrally located in Valleyview close to schools, shopping, transportation and minutes to the city center. This 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home has had some updates in the past years, including a new kitchen in 2021. For additional information and viewings call Phil 250-318-0100. $749,900

798 7th street - Pride of ownership shows throughout this centrally located North Kamloops home. This would make a lovely family home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, partially finished basement and nice fully fenced yard. Within close proximity to schools, parks, rivers trail, shopping & conveniences. 2 wood burning fireplaces, single carport + room for additional vehicles. Nice upper level deck for summer enjoyment.$549,900

306 - 970 Lorne Street - Simply one of the most desired locations downtown! Park Place's secure, gated complex has it all with this immaculate 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 898 sq ft apartment. Southwest exposure and a covered sundeck. Heated indoor pool, workout gym, hot tub, sauna, pool table in amenities room, outdoor patio, BBQ, library, wine-making room, woodwork shop, wharf w/boat slips, secure underground parking, car wash & bike storage. All this and it's pet friendly too and within walking distance of city parks! Definitely a must see! $445,000

13-3220 Village Way - One of the best locations on the mountain. This True ski in and ski out unit is centrally located, minutes from ski lifts, village center and golf course. The location does not get much better. Call Phil for additional details and for viewings. $898,800

11-6000 Valley Drive - What a wonderful opportunity to purchase a one-owner townhome in the heart of Sun Peaks Village. Morrisey & Orient Express lifts out your door and village square a 10 minute walk. This 2 storey townhouse has 1,052 sf of living space with 2 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms. Purchase price includes furniture and household items. Strata $476/mth, taxes $2,960/ yr. Outdoor recreation right out your door, now that’s living! $759,900

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2356 Dunrobin Place - 1 owner home with lovely north views, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. A great family home with main floor laundry, nook off kitchen, family and games room down, plus 2 car garage on quiet cul-de-sac. $665,000

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#U1880A • $25,998 +tax or $226 bi-weekly 78 months @ 7.99% OAC

Mercedes-Benz Kamloops, 695C Laval Crescent, Kamloops, BC, Toll Free 855-984-6603, Mercedes-Benz-kamloops.ca Some conditions apply. See dealer for details. Payments based on financing on approved credit with $2000 down or equivalent trade and include all fees & taxes. Total paid: #M21041A $35,353, #U1923A $35,999, #U1934 $46,260, #M20140A $39,871, #U1929A $60,919.


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Beige sofa bed double size. $100.00. 250-3768726.

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“DOZING LYNX” Robert Bateman 30 3/4”h x 43 1/2W Forest Green mat & dark green frame $250. 250-578-7776

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

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Bicycles

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Trek Crossrip Road Bike. Like new. Paid $1950 Asking $1300. 250-5720753.

Used fishing gear plus rods and reels, reasonably priced. 554-1675

3 seater Garden swing needs new canopy. $25. 250-554-1746 6pc patio set. $350. 6pc Bedroom set $695. Entertainment centre. $175. 250-374-8285. 80’s style Coca Cola clock. $39. Jim. 778-6945242.

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Antiques

Exec desk dark finish $200. Teak corner cabinet $100, Custom oak cabinet $200. 250-8517687.

Scotch Pine trees smaller ponderosa in pots 2ft (50) $10 each obo 250376-6607

2 - Portable A/C units for windows. $200-$250. 250-312-3902.

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

Diningroom table w/8chairs, c/w Buffet and Hutch. Med Colour. $800. 250-374-8933.

“Power of One” Magnificent creation by John Banovich 43”hx50”wide brown wooden frame. $500 Firm 250-578-7776

Found: 1000 Hugh Allan Drive prescription glasses in pink coloured case. Call 250-571-1800.

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

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

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

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Lost: Natural Buckalder Walking Cane. It is varnished and has initials P.Z. burned in under crook handle. Reward. 778-471-3223.

No Businesses, Based on 3 lines Merchandise, vehicles, trailers, RV’s, boats, ATV’s, furniture, etc. $ 3500

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Eagle coffee tables $100, beige rugs $100. 250374-8285. Fuel tanks - 1-300 gal and 2-100gal on stands. $300. 250-672-9712 or 250-819-9712. Greeting cards made in England each cellophane wrapped 90,000 for $17,000/obo 250-3766607. Pressure washer $100. Battery charger $100. 48” table saw. $200. Angle grinder $100. 250-3748285. Satellite phone Model Iridium 9505A handset w/attachments. $1300. 250-374-0650.

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

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GarageSale DIRECTORY ABERDEEN Sat, June 19th. 9am-1pm. 118-1555 Howe Road. Collectors are Downsizing. No Early Birds! Covid Rules Apply. BROCK Sat & Sun, June 19/20th. 9am-2pm. 721 Ridgeview Terrace. Moving Sale. Bookcases, dresser, hshld items, pic frames. Covid Rules Apply. DOWNTOWN Sat, June 19th. 8:30-?? 761 Pine Street. Fill your trunk with our junk. Covid Rules Apply.

NORTH KAMLOOPS Sat & Sun, June 19/20th. 9am-5pm. Ottawa Place Yards of Sales. Sebring Convertible, un-opened boxes of hand sanitizer, stove top elements, pots & pans, lamps, dishes and more. New tires, greeting cards from England each cellophane wrapped, antiques, plants, pine trees, new Whirlpool microwave hood fan, dresser, chairs, Echo Eco Art, launching a new T-shirt. Granite slabs. NORTH SHORE Sat, June 19th. 8:30am-3:30pm. 648 Cumberland Ave. Hshld, furn, sporting goods, baby toys, books, yard items, clothing. Covid Rules Apply.

DOWNTOWN Sat, June 19th. 9-2pm. 432 St. Paul St. inside at the back in bsmt. Tools, plants, purses, shoes, pictures in frames by local artists, brass items, lamps, fans, jewelry, lots PINEVIEW of unique items. Covid Saturday, June 19th. Rules Apply. 9am-3pm. Olive Way. Puzzles, tools, jars, boat, HEFFLEY CREEK golf clubs. Covid Rules Sat, June 19th. 10am- Apply. 1pm. 29-130 Station Road. Pictures on Kijji. WESTSYDE Covid Rules Apply. 3636 Overlander Dr. Sat June 19th. 8am-2pm Share your event Games, movies, hsld KamloopsThisWeek.com items. Little bit of every/events thing. Covid Rules Apply.

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Concrete Services

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Houses For Rent

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Furnished4bdr&denIdeal Corporate/Crewnsp2blks RIH$4400. 250-214-0909

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DAN’S HANDYMAN SERVICES For Sale by Owner $55.00 Special The special includes a 1x1.5 ad (including photo) that will run in (two editions) in Kamloops This Week. Our award winning paper is delivered to over 30,000 homes in Kamloops and area every Wednesday. Call or email us for more info: 250-374-7467 classifieds@ kamloopsthisweek.com

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

www.danshandymanservices.net Handyman for hire. One call for all your handyman needs. Carpentry, drywall, painting, renovations, sheds, decks and fences and more. Free Estimates. Blaine 250851-6055.

Landscaping PETER’S YARD SERVICE Time to trim Cedar Hedges Tree pruning or removal Yard clean-up, Landscaping Licensed & Certified 250-572-0753

Lawn & Garden Reliable Gardener. 30 yrs experience. Cleanups & pruning. Call 250312-3986.

Misc Home Service JA ENTERPRISES Furniture Movers Rubbish Removal and Minor Furniture Repairs 2 Kings 5:15 778-257-4943 jaenterpriseskam @gmail.com

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RS5 Audi winter studded snow tires and wheels over 90% tread $1388.00 Call 250 319-8784

Motorcycles

Renos & Home Improvement Renovations on construction, complete interior and exterior projects. Free estimates. 250-2626337.

Classes & Courses HUNTER & FIREARMS Courses. A Great Gift. Next C.O.R.E. July 10th and 11th. Saturday and Sunday. P.A.L June 20th. Sunday. P r o f e s s i o n a l outdoorsman and Master Instructor: Bill 250-376-7970

Boats 2 Canoe’s 17’. Good cond. Choose your own on Tranquille. 250-3192101.

2015 HD Electra Glide Ultra Ltd. Deep Jade, 30135kms, Project Rushmore. Added features. $23,995.00 250-828-8994.

Domestic Cars RUN UNTIL SOLD ONLY $35.00 (plus Tax)

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Rims

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Parts & Accessories Flat Deck 8ft long x 7ft wide. 40” high for overhead loads. $350. 250577-3155.

Utility Trailers

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Automotive Tires

AUCTION

STARTS CLOSING SAT. JUNE 19 • 9:00 AM Viewing: Thurs/Fri (June 17/18) 9:00 - 5:00 3311 - 28 AVENUE, VERNON

Bedroom & Dining Suites, 4 PC Leather Sofa Set, 4 Post King Sized Bed, Grandfather Clock, Lamps, Paintings & Prints, Hides, Antique Wash Stands, Chaise Lounge, Native Carvings, Area Carpets, Benches, Instruments, Coin, Bills, Stamps, Jewellery, Fridges, Stoves, Washer & Dryer, Exercise Equipment, Coffee & End Tables, Occasional Tables, Salon Chair, Pool Table, A/C Unit, Mattress Sets, Shelf Units, Small Appliances, Kitchen-Aid Mixer, Dishes, Pots & Pans, Glassware, China Cabinets, Large Jewellery Case, Entertainment Units, Antique Toys, Collectables, Massage Table, Float Tubes, Towels, Robes, Sheets, Large Wooden Display Boat, Bikes, Clocks, Fishing & Camping Gear, Kayak, Saddle Bags, Folding Chairs, Snow Shoes, Blinds, Vacuums, Bedding And Much More! Compressors, Cordless Tools, Large Snow Blower, Wood Chipper/ Shredder, Grinders, Wood Working Tools, Mechanics Tools, Model A&T Parts, Carburator, Chainsaw, Leaf Blowers, Plasma Cutter, Tires, Lawn Mower, Wheelbarrows, Jacks, Refrigerant Recovery Unit, 1” Air Impact, Sanders, Gas & Electric Weed Trimmers, Grow Light Ballasts, Air Tools, Doors & Ladders, Primative Tools, Torch Set, Pressure Washer, Truck Box, Garden Tools, Coolers, Garden Furniture And Much More!

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Employment

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6ft x 4ft utility trailer 29” deep, 15” tires, spare. Top and side access, water tight. Boat rack. $600. 250-579-5880

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250-374-3853 Work Wanted HOME & YARD HANDYMAN If you need it done, Give us a call! Steve 250-3207774.

Pirelli P7 Cinturato Run Flat tires on 17 “ BMW M series rims. $ 850.00. 250-819-0863.

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

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

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Children’s Circle Daycare Society have a few openings for full time Early Childhood Educators. We are a Non-Profit Society striving for excellence in the care of our children and families. We are a play-based centre that also uses emergent curriculum. We are a union centre and our wages and benefits are per the current BCGEU collective agreement. After 3 months, you would qualify for extended medical and dental benefits at no cost to you. We also offer matched RSP’s up to a certain percentage. Our daycare also subscribes to the new Wage Enhancement program, and you would also qualify for paid holidays after 3 months. Applications must hold a valid Early Childhood Educator License to practice and a current first aid certificate. The right candidate must enjoy working with children from Infants -5 years of age, have strong communication abilities, reliable, dependable. Come and join and be part of our team in a fun and caring environment. This position is open to both male and female applicants. Please apply with cover letter and resume to one of the emails below. childrenscircle@ccdaycare.ca or stpauls@ccdaycare.ca or executivedirector@ccdaycare.ca

TRADE JOURNEYMAN HEAVY DUTY MECHANICS & TRADE APPRENTICE HEAVY DUTY MECHANICS FT,TJHD Mechanics for our Kamloops & Barriere Mech Shops. LicensedTJHD Mech with CVIP Cert, BC DL Class 3 w/Air. 2nd to 4th levelTrade Apprentice HDET sponsorship will be considered. Comp. wage & benefits package as per Union Contract. Resumes from qualified applicants will be accepted by email at argokam@argoroads.ca or by fax to 250-374-6355.

Now Hiring Caregivers! Currently accepting resumes for part time caregiver positions. Daytime Shifts: 18-25 hrs/weekly, Evening Shifts: 4-10 hrs/weekly Previous training and experience an asset but willing to train the right people. Looking for reliable and trustworthy individuals. Must be willing to cover additional extra shifts if needed. Serious inquiries only. Criminal record check and driver’s abstract required. Contact:

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In Memoriams

In Memoriams

In Loving Memory of Dominic Neuhaus March 27, 1945 – June 17, 1996

www.kamloopsthisweek.com In Memoriams

Obituaries

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In Loving Memory of

Ask DRAKE

Mario Dal Ponte

Drake Smith, MSW Funeral Director Every Wednesday in KTW!

April 2, 1947 June 20, 2016

Q. Can I make Mom’s ashes into something like a diamond ring? A. Yes you can. It costs quite a bit of money (I’ve never had a client follow through with this, after they learn the price!) But people are doing some incredible things these days. Including making nice glass ornaments with ashes. Most people want something more simple, however.

It’s been 25 years since you passed away.

Love always remembers

Loving you always, forgetting you never. You will always be in my heart for ever and ever.

Gone are the days we used to share, but in our Hearts you’re always there, never more than a thought away. Loved and Remembered every day.

Loving remembered By your life’s partner ILENE

Love from, Josie, Mark, Leah and Emma.

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LOWER SAHALI/SAHALI Rte 400 – 383 W. Columbia St. – 21 p. Rte 401 – 250-395, 405-425 Pemberton Terr. – 81 p. Rte 449 - Assiniboine Rd, Azure Pl, Chino Pl, Sedona Dr. – 90 p. Rte 451 – Odin Crt, Whiteshield Cres, Whiteshield Pl. – 39 p. Rte 452 – 1430-1469 Springhill Dr. – 64 p. Rte 453 – 1575-1580 Springhill Dr. – 73 p. Rte 456 – Springhaven Pl, Springridge Pl, 1730-1799 Springview Pl. – 47 p.

Rte 457 – 990 Gleneagles Dr, 662-698 Monarch Dr, 1810-1896 Springhill Dr, Tolima Crt. – 50 p. Rte 459 – Monarch Crt, & Pl. – 39 p. Rte 468 – 320-397 Monmouth Dr, Selwyn Rd, 303-430 Waddington Dr. – 57 p. Rte 471 - 100-293 Monmouth Dr. – 38 p. Rte 474 – Coppertree Crt, Trophy Crt. – 21 p. Rte 475 – Castle Towers Dr, Sedgewick Crt & Dr. – 47 p. Rte 476 – Tantalus Crt, Tinniswood Crt, 2018-2095 Tremerton Dr. – 50 p. Rte 480 – 3-183 Chancellor Dr, Sapphire Crt. Sheffield Way, Steeple Crt. – 48 p. Rte 483 - Breakenridge Crt, Cathedral Crt, Grenville Pl, 409-594 Robson Dr. – 59 p. Rte 487 – 201-475,485-495 Hollyburn Dr, Panorama Crt. – 76 p. Rte 492 – 2000-2099 Monteith Dr, Sentinel Crt. – 35 p. ABERDEEN Rte 508 – 700-810 Hugh Allan Dr. - 49 p. Rte 511 – Drummond Crt. – 50 p. Rte 523 – 2300-2399Abbeyglen Way, 750-794 Dunrobin Dr. – 73 p. Rte 528 - 1115-1180 Howe Rd, & 1115-1185 Hugh Allen Dr.-47 p. Rte 542 – Coal Hill Pl, Crosshill Dr, Dunbar Dr. – 58 p. PINEVIEW VALLEY/ MT. DUFFERIN Rte 580 – 1300-1466 Pacific Way, Prairie Rose Dr, Rockcress Dr. – 83 p. Rte 584 - 1752–1855 Hillside Dr. – 26 p. Rte 587 – Sunshine Crt, & Pl. – 51 p. Rte 588 – Davies Pl, 1680-1751 Hillside Dr, & Pl, Monterey Pl, Scott Pl. – 46 p. Rte 590 - 1397 Copperhead Dr, Saskatoon Pl. – 36 p. RAYLEIGH Rte 830 – Chetwynd Dr, Stevens Dr. – 55 p. Rte 831 - 4904-5037 Cammeray Dr, Mason Pl, Pinantan Pl, Reighmount Dr & Pl. – 61 p. Rte 832 - Bolean Dr & Pl, Chilco Ave, Kathleen Pl. – 58 p. Rte 833 – Cameron Rd, Davie Rd. – 44 p. Rte 838 – 4556-4797 Cammeray Dr, Strawberry Lane. – 62 p.

May the Sunshine of Comfort Dispel the Clouds of Despair

VALLEYVIEW/ JUNIPER Rte 603 - Chickadee Rd, Comazzetto Rd, Strom Rd, 1625-1648, 1652-1764 Valleyview Dr. - 40 p. Rte 606 - Orchard Dr, Russet Wynd, 1815–1899 Valleyview Dr. – 39 p. Rte 607 - Cardinal Dr, 19092003 Valleyview Dr. – 33 p. Rte 618 – Big Nickel Pl, Chapman Pl, Marsh Rd, Paul Rd, Peter Rd, 24402605 Thompson Dr. – 58 p. Rte 662 – 2763-2895 Capilano Dr. – 35 p. DALLAS/BARNHARTVALE Rte 701 – Freda Ave, Klahanie Dr, Morris Pl, Shelly Dr, 901-935 Todd Rd. - 87 p. Rte 706 – 1078-1298 Lamar Dr, Mo-Lin Pl. - 29 p. Rte 710 - 1350-1399 Crestwood Dr, Ronde Lane, 1300-1399 Todd Rd. - 43 p, Rte 714 – 1101-1247 Highridge Dr. - 44 p. Rte 750 - 5101-5299 Dallas Dr, Mary Pl, Nina Pl, Rachel Pl. – 31 p. Rte 751 - 5310 Barnhartvale Rd, Bogetti Pl, 5300-5599 Dallas Dr, 5485-5497 ETC Hwy, Viking Dr, Wade Pl. – 64 p. Rte 755 – 6159-6596 Dallas Dr McAuley Pl, Melrose Pl, Yarrow Pl. – 71 p. Rte 760 – 149-167, 6303-6697 Beaver Cres, Chukar Dr. – 62 p. BROCKLEHURST Rte 3 – 2402-2595 Young Ave, - 38 p. Rte 4 – 727-795 Crestline St, 24122741 Tranquille Rd. – 71 p. Rte 18 – 919-942 Schreiner St, 2108-2399 Young Ave. – 56 p. Rte 20 – Barbara Ave, Pala Mesa Pl, Strauss St, Townsend Pl, 2105-2288 Tranquille Rd. – 48 p. Rte 24 – Dale Pl, Lisa Pl, 806999 Windbreak St. – 50 p. Rte 27 – Bentley Pl, Kamwood Pl, 1866-1944 Parkcrest Ave, - 62 p. Rte 32 – Laroque St, 1709-1862 Parkcrest Ave, - 65 p. Rte 41 – Alexis Ave, 520-796 Singh St, Slater Ave. – 58 p. NORTH SHORE Rte 137-144-244 Briar Ave, 106-330 Clapperton Rd, Larkspur St, Leigh Rd, 100204 Tranquille Rd, Wilson St, - 55 p. Rte 151 – 1020-1132 7th St, 1024 + 1112 8th St, Berkley Pl, Dundas St, Richmond Ave. – 73 p. Rte 153 – 640-680 Seton Pl, Kemano St. – 36 p. Rte 158 – Cornwall St, Hamilton St, Kent Ave, 1305-1385 Midway St, 1303-1393 Schubert Dr, 601-675 Windsor Ave.- 76 p.

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It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Wendy Ellen Worthington, wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother, at the age of 82, on June 3, 2021. Wendy is survived by her husband Gordon Cory, brothers James Worthington, Danny Worthington, Ross Worthington and Wayne Worthington and her sisters Sharon Henderson and Sheila Worthington and by her children Elle Owen, Brenda Hanna (Randy), Kelly Nightingale, Deena Kohler (Scott) and James Nicola, seventeen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren and many friends. Wendy was born October 22, 1939 in Williams Lake, BC, spent her early years in and around central BC. She married an American serviceman and moved to the States where her five children were born. After 16 years in the States, she moved back to BC with her kids and settled in Kamloops. The youngest two children moved back to the States where they are now, the eldest moved to the States sometime later. After moving to Kamloops, Wendy was employed in the hotel industry and later became part owner in The Leland Hotel in Kamloops and the Commercial Hotel in Duncan. She and Gordon got together in 1997, spent 4 years in Costa Rica where they we partners with others on two oceanfronting developments. Returning after 9/11, they started an appraisal firm that still operates today. Her family was everything to her. She would call her siblings, children and many of the grands at least twice a week. Wendy also loved reading, her soap operas, but mostly, she loved her Blue Jays, Canucks and golf. She and Gordon went to just about every Blue Jays games in Seattle when they played the Mariners and often went to a Canucks game.

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Wendy Ellen Worthington

Wendy is well known for her infectious smile and her innumerable jokes, some that make sailors blush. She will be most sorrowfully missed by family and friends but all will cherish the many memories as she will always be in our thoughts.

THE TIME IS NOW If you are ever going to love me, Love me now, while I can know The sweet and tender feelings Which from true   Love me now         I’m gone And then have it chiseled in marble, Sweet words on     If you have tender thoughts of me,

A service for Wendy will be held at some future date. If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions can be made to the Heart and Stroke Association.

Jean Hambrook 1938 - 2021

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Jean Hambrook of Kamloops, BC, on June 4, 2021, at 82 years of age. Jean is survived by her son James (Lisa Lavoie) Hambrook of Kamloops, BC, and grandchildren Terry Hambrook, Robyn Hambrook, Zachary Hambrook and Nathan Hambrook. She is also survived by her siblings Shirley, Donna, Richard, Helen, Mike, Barb, Elizabeth, and Ed. Jean is predeceased by her husband Thomas Hambrook, and son Charles Hambrook.

Never to awaken,

Jean was born in Kamloops in 1938, and spent her childhood living on the family farm in Barriere. She had nine brothers and sisters. Jean married her loving husband Tom Hambrook on the family farm in 1962. They had two sons, Charles and James. Tom and Jean spent many happy years working, camping, and living the life they chose.

There will be death between us,

Jean will be missed by all of her loving family.

         am sleeping,

And I won’t hear   So, if you love me,      Let me know it while I am living       

A memorial ceremony will take place at a later date. Donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.myalternatives.ca


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John Albert (Jack) Buckham John Albert (Jack) Buckham passed away on the afternoon of Wednesday June 2 while working on his beloved farm, 30 km East of Kamloops on the South Thompson River. Jack’s passing was sudden, unexpected and heart-wrenching for all of us. His children Brad (Dionne) and Aaron (Tanya) and grandchildren Madison, Alex, Daryn, Tyson and Riley had grand plans for involving ‘Grandpa Jack’ in family activities, school concerts and youth sports after over a year of separation from him due to the pandemic. Jack is predeceased by our wonderful mother Dianne Buckham (nee Bond) and will be forever remembered by his loving friend and companion Maureen Nucklaus. He is survived by his sister Sue (Norm) McGowan, brothers Bruce (Patricia), Bob Buckham and Dianne’s siblings Jim Bond, Karen Chayeski, Gerry Bond, Vicki Hay and Kenda Pauwels and numerous nieces and nephews and their children who have lost the attentive ear, encouragement and unconditional support that characterized ‘Uncle Jack’. Since his death, the response from the community Jack loved, the city of Kamloops and the surrounding region, has been both overwhelming and uplifting. Numerous articles, reports, and posts have quite vividly described Jack’s impact as an educator, a coach and a force behind many of the sporting events that have helped establish Kamloops as a “Tournament Capital” and a hub for athletic competition that is recognized regionally, provincially and nationally. Many of you know of Jack’s exploits better than we do. Many of you worked closely with him, shared his visions and goals and were committed, like him, to building opportunities through sport for the youth of this City. Rather than attempt to recap all of Jack’s accomplishments to a community that has already recapped these very things for us over the past weeks, we instead want to take this moment and platform to speak on Jack’s behalf - to give a voice to one last unspoken message that we believe he would have conveyed had he been warned that he would be leaving us. Our father’s identity was interwoven with the accomplishments of the school sports programs he built, teams he coached, individual players he invested himself in, and committees that he led or worked within to host provincial and national championships in this city. Jack valued ‘struggle’ - he was attracted to those who showed a will to better themselves, to chase a goal even in the face of uncertainty or even worse the threat of failure. Jack believed in struggle as a means of empowerment, and recognized the empowerment of young people as being a pillar our society leans on. Yes, Jack was immersed in athletics but he saw athletics as a mechanism - a means to an end. Sport facilitates, even encourages, struggle. It draws people together to witness and celebrate struggle, and through display of perseverance sport can motivate those who are holding back, or who are being held out, to engage in what is important to them. Whether it was a teenager trying to become a better player, a team trying to overcome long odds or a city trying to raise itself to increasingly higher standards, Jack was drawn, like a moth to flame, towards participating in those situations. Out of these struggles, he believed, to his core, that new leaders would emerge. It may not manifest for decades, but from the scores of kids that he helped learn to compete, from the

adults he encouraged to build ever bigger and better venues for competition, from the crowds that attended those events - leaders would emerge. As far fetched as it may sound, these leaders might excel in any life endeavour. They could develop scientific knowledge that keeps us healthy, develop technology that cleans our water and air, or develop the mutual respect and compassion that bridges division in our communities. He understood that we could never predict who these individuals would be in advance, and so the best way to see them emerge was to include everyone. The pursuit of that impossible goal became Jack’s defining characteristic. How did this pursuit come to be? In the mid 1960’s Jack stood at a crossroads faced with a decision to return to Kamloops to accept a teaching, coaching and athletic director role at Valleyview Junior Secondary, or to become an athletic trainer with a professional basketball team. He had just finished his studies at Seattle Pacific University, his own personal athletic path having led there from Kam High in his attempt to play basketball at increasingly higher levels of competition. Those of you familiar with the stories Jack kept on ‘high rotation’, know that his basketball dream never materialized. But he did endear himself to his coaches and he had become a member of the athletic therapy staff at the university and this had opened a door to an intriguing opportunity to join the staff of an expansion NBA (or ABA?) team. The decision: follow that intrigue, or return home to a ‘small dusty town’ (Dad’s words specific to that time) absent the lights, excitement and allure of professional sports to teach and coach teenagers. You all know what he picked. Working hand-in-hand with many of you reading this, Jack came back to Kamloops and started building - building opportunities for young athletes to struggle. He was part of the team of educators in this city that established junior high football for the region. Not one team mind you, but a pool of school teams that competed passionately against one another under ‘Friday night lights’ in what is now (we believe) the field in front of the bandshell in Riverside Park. From that beginning was built a community of people who evolved the meaning of football to this region. Through their efforts, Kamloops witnessed this sport at higher and higher levels of competition, and now it is played under bigger lights at an even better venue at the TCC under the direction of accomplished people raised in Kamloops’ sporting culture. Jack loved basketball and immersed himself in coaching. As young children, we tagged along with our dad’s Kam High teams as they competed in Kamloops, throughout the Okanagan and then increasingly in the lower mainland. Jack was ‘hell-bent’ on forcing his ‘Red Devils’ to understand what it means to step onto a court under the eyes of 100’s or 1000’s of people and battle against an opponent supported by a larger population with greater resources and more fanfare. To facilitate this, he went to ever increasing lengths (quite literally), acquiring his Class 2 driver’s license so that he could transport his players by highway coach to venues all over the province. But the days of basketball caravans originating in the interior (what Dad lovingly referred to as “beyond Hope”) traveling through the Fraser canyon to compete at the lower mainland venues are now indeed in the rear-view

mirror. Kamloops’ basketball players have repeatedly prevailed on the Provincial stage and some have moved on to compete at the highest possible levels. Through your work, the caravans changed direction; they came to Kamloops and this community showed visiting competitors how sincere it was about honoring excellence in this sport - setting a higher standard that those visitors took back to their own homes. Jack was legendary in the 80’s for his intensity as a basketball coach. This is likely due to our mother having retired from coaching with him to raise us and thus she was not present on the bench to balance his emotional responses. But that same intensity was also present in his role as an athletic director. Evening at-home debriefs of his day’s struggles made us witness to the battles to find resources, build venues (in some cases literally by hand) increase participation and maintain opportunities for competition. We apologize on his behalf to those of you that were forced to say ‘No’ to him at some point. To define his commitment to the sporting youth of this community, we point you to 1991 when Dad went against the wishes of the BC Teacher’s Federation and refused to shut down school sports at Kam High in support of a labour dispute at that time. To appreciate the magnitude and toll of that decision, one must understand how passionate our father was about the teaching profession. He had been a member of the Kamloops District Teaching Association’s bargaining team years prior and had fought fiercely for improved learning conditions and supports for teachers, coaches and kids. Going against the governing body he was devoted to was a bitter pill, but one that had to be swallowed to uphold what he believed most important. What has come of his pursuit? Generations of people who benefited from Jack’s mentorship, support, encouragement and demands helped create a culture of “we can do this” inside the city of Kamloops. The ‘small dusty town’, hosted provincial, national and world championships. Children attending these events were inspired to participate in future offerings, and they translated that motivation into action through school and community sports programs that gave them venue to do so. This sporting ecosystem is currently maintained by networks of people that include Jack’s former students. Some of you have hands on the torch that Jack once carried. Some of you have formed successful businesses in Kamloops and use your position to keep these torches lit. You may not have inherited his specific events, teams, logos and institutions but perhaps you inherited the same vision, and following that vision you have crafted a brand new torch that someday you will hand off. Career and family paths have taken us away from this region. Regrettably, we have lost touch with many of you. Our own children, while fully aware of Grandpa Jack’s force of will, compassion and character, can’t fully appreciate the extent of his impact as they have never had the opportunity to be around most of you at length and witness what you created and continue to build here in Kamloops. But being external to this City gives us additional perspective. While we love our current home, we can better recognize from afar how truly unique this community is because of all of these lit torches you carry.

May the Sunshine of Comfort Dispel the Clouds of despair

The past years our father did develop concerns. The world was forced to retreat to its corners and we are witnessing society somewhat absent of the competitions and celebration of youth that Jack cherished. Children are struggling to find a calling, to feel celebrated and to have opportunity to be empowered through sport, music, etc. This has overlapped with an increasing tendency in some parts of the world to ensure that rare remaining opportunities are held for certain groups by disregarding others. Specific to sport, there is a danger that as activities resume from the pandemic, that protectionism starts prescribing that quality of the sporting experience be measured by the dominance of one’s own team or association, rather than by the quality and intensity of the competition against many teams and other associations. Had he known what would befall him, we are certain our father would have wanted to seize a last chance to implore his colleagues, his old students and his community to continue to lead. Show other communities what it means again to champion youth, empower them through sport and celebrate their struggles. Build on what was built, make the community he was so tremendously proud of even better. Inspire the city’s youth by hosting the Province, Country and the World - again. Show other communities how excellent the new normal can be and welcome them into your tent. As the City and the World open back up, if you are wondering what can be done, how it might happen, who to work with and whether its worth the effort, Dad wanted to tell you, “you can do this.” A celebration of life is being planned - timing and location are dependent on changing regulations on public gatherings in respect of Covid. Further details will be announced at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com as they become available.

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Frank Almond Senior July 25, 1927 - June 11, 2021

Most people will remember him from Kamloops Billiards Recreation Centre that he ran from the mid-50s to the early 90s. This is where he gained numerous friends throughout the community and was known as a very kind and generous man who loved to tell a good joke. Most people don’t know of his achievements in the boxing ring or that he was inducted to the BC Hall of Fame, and nominated for the Canadian Hall of Fame. At the younger age of 18, he won the North American Golden gloves championship in Portland, Oregon, and later turned pro and won the Canadian featherweight title, he defended his title eight times and relinquished his title as undefeated at the early age of 25 to move from Vancouver to Kamloops to raise his family. He retired as the fourth contender in the world as a featherweight champion boxer. He retired from Kamloops Billiards in 1991, so had the luxury of enjoying many years with his close family and friends. He loved to walk everywhere and many may remember meeting him on his trails and engaging in lighthearted fun conversation. He was admitted to Ponderosa Lodge ............ and recently transferred to Pine Grove in North Kamloops, 2 very good seniors care homes, where he was treated very well and felt pampered and spoiled. Sadly, on Friday, June 11, 2021 he passed away peacefully in his room. He is survived by his only son Frank Almond Junior, his granddaughter Erika Almond, his grandson Jiles Almond and three beautiful greatgrandchildren Ava, Paisley, and Nixon. Also, survived by his sister-in-law Margaret and Pauline Fuoco, his lifeline and companions following the passing of his wife Linda 6 1/2 years ago. Many more family members brother-inlaw Frank, sister-in-law Elda Morton, and sister-in-law Rosie and Lloyd Dupas, plus several special nieces Shelly, Paula and nephews. His humour and conversation will be deeply missed by all his longtime friends. “Godspeed Dad!

Murray Elson Ford

November 14, 1934 - June 4, 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Murray Elson Ford of Kamloops, BC on June 4, 2021 at the age of 86. Murray Elson Ford was born November 14, 1934 and raised in Collingwood, Nova Scotia. He was one of 7 kids. He was predeceased by his brother Ron, and four sisters Joyce, Eleanor, Brenda and Joan. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Joan and his younger brother Merlin. He moved to Quebec and started a career in mining joining Gaspe Copper Mines. There, he met Joan and they married in 1958. He moved the family to Logan Lake, BC to join Lornex Mining Corporation in September of 1978. He continued to work there until his retirement in 1999. He loved golf in particular but he was also an avid curler and softball player. He was active in his community including volunteering thousands of hours to the Logan Lake golf course. He was awarded Citizen of the Year award in recognition of his efforts in the community. Murray and Joan eventually settled in Kamloops and enjoyed life at RiverBend. After a long struggle with declining health Dad passed away peacefully on June 4, 2021 at the age of 86. Murray was the father to three boys Mike, Roger (Shelley) and Robert (Roberta). He was grandfather to nine - Justin, Richard, Quinton, Nathan, Corissa, Corey, Asya, Breanna, Matty, and great-grandfather to seven Olivia, Logan, Toby, Jacob, Emma, Violet, Grace. We will always remember his humour, his contagious laugh, his willingness to help others, and his work ethic.

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Keith Allen Pryce 1955 - 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Keith Allen Pryce on May 28, 2021. Born on March 20, 1955 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan and lived in the small farming community of Readlyn, Saskatchewan. At the age of 13 he moved with his parents to Kamloops where he remained and eventually raising his own family. At age 15, Keith got his first job at the Shell station on the corner of 12th Street & Tranquille where his love of cars and equipment began. He attended Valleyview Secondary school and it was in these teenage years that Keith began his lifelong passion of converting old fixer upper cars into hot rods. He loved to take something broken or deemed useless and make it beautiful and useful again. A passion that stuck with him for nearly 50 years. When Keith was 17 he began his auto body career at Luigi’s Body Shop which ironically was located across the street from where Keith’s own shop is now. Later Keith shifted into commercial heavy truck and trailer repair as an employee with James Western Star. At age 35 Keith went into business for himself. First running Versatile Body Shop, then expanding into Overdrive Collision Centre & KV Truck Parts. Then later ProTruck Collision where he specialized in collision repair of RV’s and those large beautiful motor coaches. He was well know and praised for his painting on those beautiful extremely intricately designed rigs. Keith was a well respected pillar of the community and provided employment opportunities for countless individuals over many decades. We will all remember Keith as an incredibly hard worker who was defined by his resiliency. We will miss his kindness, fairness and humour. He entertained us with his Griswold Christmas lights and decorations and one-of-a-kind vehicles. A few of his favourites included his hot pink Dodge Demon, signature elaborately painted jet black and Kermit green 1981 Chevrolet El Camino which was a head turner as he drove it proudly around the city. And there was also his colour matching 1997 Freightliner FLD112 “ShowTime” complete with spinners and train horns. Keith liked anything with a big engine, lots of colour, flair and bling. His love of drag racing and anything fast on four wheels was reflected in his sponsorships in the past of local racing teams and Hot Nights In The City. Those who were fortunate enough to work alongside Keith will remember his attention to detail and desire to achieve perfection. From a frame repair to one of his beautiful paint jobs, nothing could leave the shop that had not achieved the highest quality possible. Keith was a lifelong learner, always seeking new ways to enhance the services he provided. His customers and friends both benefited from his generosity. Keith’s family and many, many friends will miss him dearly. No matter where we were in life, he was the families anchor. He was an amazing storyteller, making us laugh constantly and was always willing to pass on his pearls of wisdom. Keith would always show up for us and we would always be there for him. He succeeded in developing a business and a livelihood that would support all of his family. We are so very proud to call him ours. Keith’s many skills and aptitudes went beyond day to day work. He put just as much effort and energy into his home, his love of flowers and gardening, woodworking and caring for his many dogs and cats. He would take in any animal that needed a loving home. Left to mourn his passing are his daughter Tara, step-children Amanda (Nick), Melanie, Tim and four grandchildren. Best friend and partner in work and life Martha, sister Judy and his many adopted cats and dogs. Keith was predeceased by his father Donald, mother Margaret and sadly by his son Allen in 2001. He was larger than life and his family has never considered life without him. We are all so heartbroken. He will be unbelievably missed, but we are thankful he is now reunited with Allen forever. We hope to plan a celebration of life for Keith at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BCSPCA, Kamloops Humane Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association in honour of his children. Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com

You can just relax now Murray!! Enjoy all the free golf! In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kamloops SPCA. A celebration of Murray’s life will be held in Kamloops at a later date. Once a date is set and we are able to gather, it will be announced. (Subject to Covid restrictions) Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

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Kevin Allan Zuk

Kevin was grand in every way. He led a life full of adventure, always ready to have a good time. He travelled the world making friends wherever he went. His huge heart, all encompassing hug, and shining presence will be greatly missed. He leaves us all with happy memories and great stories. Kevin will be forever remembered by his wife and step-sons; parents; aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many many friends. A private Celebration Of Life will be held for Kevin at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com

It is with great sadness the family of James Michael Fink announce his passing on May 24, 2021, at the young age of 49. James, known as Jamie to many, was born in Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan on October 28, 1971. He will lovingly be remembered by his children Mackenna (Chase Richburg), Cole and Dalton, and the mother of his children Jessie-Ann MacArthur. Jamie will always be loved and remembered by his mother Eleanor Fink, brothers John (Leanne) and Kevin, nieces Dani, Annalea, Jadea and Samantha. Also left to cherish Jamie’s memory are Amanda King and her children Cassidy and Kayden. Jamie was predeceased by his father Daniel Michael Fink. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Gary Ralph Wagner

July 11, 1946 - June 2, 2021 Gary Ralph Wagner passed away on June 2, 2021 in Kamloops at the age of 75. Gary is survived by his wife Nellie Vielvoye Wagner, brother Dennis Wagner (Anna) of Vancouver, children Katrina Hogaboam (Lane) of Kelowna, Jamie Wagner (Candice) of Portland, Oregon, Steven Wagner of Kamloops, Angela Miller (Dave) of Kamloops, and many grandchildren. Gary worked in the parts crib at Thompson Rivers University up until his retirement. His hobbies were baseball and trout fishing. Due to travel restriction a private family gathering will take place in the summer. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Foundation in his name would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

Mark Holland Mark Holland has passed away on June 3, 2021.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Kamloops Brain Injury Association. Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324 Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.myalternatives.ca

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Charles Alexander Brown 1933 - 2021

It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Charles (Charlie) Alexander Brown announce his passing on June 3, 2021. His first wife Diane Brown predeceased him in 2013, his second wife Bertha Daloise in 2019 and his sister Geraldine Barr (née Brown) in 2020. Survived by his two children Dana Brown (Marjorie) of Calgary, AB. and Deborah Watson (Chris) of Halifax, NS, grandchildren Stefan (Maya), Tyler, Courtenay (Charlie), Victoria and his brother Allan Brown (Sharon) of Nanaimo. Charlie dedicated 36 years as a Volunteer First Responder for the Kamloops and area Fire Department. During his career, he worked until retirement with Tolko Lumber Mill (Balco, Canfor) in Kamloops, BC. In 2008, Charlie moved to Vernon, BC. Charlie’s passion was playing slow-pitch ball. Charlie will always be remembered by his fellow ballplayers as a great pitcher; his ball stories always emphasized his love of the game and the love of his teammates. Charlie was never alone in his battle against cancer. Charlie’s family along with his best friend Laura Wilson fought the fight every day along his side witnessing his courage, strength, and resilience. The family send their heartfelt regards to Gilles Hebert for his unwavering support, Dr. Boucher and staff, Care Aids Fatima Hartman and Agnes Heilman, Interior Health, Community Palliative Care Team, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Third Floor East Nurses along with the North Okanagan Hospice House. The family ask that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the North Okanagan Hospice House, Vernon, BC. Due to Covid-19 a celebration of life for Charlie will be announced at a later date.

Brandon Vandenberg Brandon passed peacefully on June 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the age of 41, with his mother Kelly by his side. Brandon is survived by his mother Kelly, his sister Terresa (Clayton) and Stephanie. He is also survived by his four nieces Anieca, Aeashia, Kai, Foxx and his nephew Zeth, his aunties Joann (Ed), Barb, his uncles Tim, Delvin (Debra), Emery and Sean, and his grandmother Elna Paquette and is survived by plenty of cousins and numerous friends. Brandon was predeceased by his grandfather Edward Paquette and his cousin Kasper Paquette.

He leaves behind his daughters Melissa, Mackenzie, and Skye. Our hearts mourn hoping for Mark’s reunion in heaven with his wife Fiona, and that his spirit, like an eagle in the wind, will be free with God forever.

Allan Jalmar Johnson

August 27, 1943 - June 8, 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Al Johnson on June 8, 2021 after a short battle with cancer. Al was born in Sherridon, Manitoba and raised in Lynn Lake, Manitoba. He met his wife, Julie, of 53 years in Calgary while he was at SAIT. They moved to Kamloops to raise their three children, Trina, Rhonda and Clint. Al was a very kind and gentle soul with a great sense of humour. He very much loved his family and friends and was loved by all who met him.

Until We Meet Again

Left to mourn are his wife, Julie Johnson, kids Trina (Len), Rhonda (Barry), Clint (Katie) and grandchildren Jesse, Samantha, Lucas, Jacob, Lara and Parker and numerous nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com

He was predeceased by his parents Jack and Bertha Johnson and his brother Ernie Johnson. We would like to thank everyone who helped care for Al, the nurses at Royal Inland Hospital on 5N and Dr. Montalbetti.

Mark wishes for no service to take place. Donations can be made to the ALS Society of Canada.

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James Michael Fink

On June 2, 2021, Kevin Allan Zuk passed away at the age of 45. Kevin was born on July 6, 1975 in Lloydminster, SK and lived most of his life between Kamloops, Vancouver, and Whistler.

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In lieu of flowers, Al would have preferred donations to the charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com


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Sheila Ada McMillan (née Boyd) July 31, 1932 - May 22, 2021

We are saddened to announce the death of Sheila McMillan, age eighty-eight, on May 22, 2021, in Kamloops, BC. She passed at Kamloops Seniors Village after a struggle with Alzheimer’s. Sheila was born in Revelstoke, BC on July 31, 1932, the eldest child of Lorna Elizabeth (Stevenson) and Charles Clark Boyd. She spent her early years in Arrowhead, BC with extended visits to her Grandmother Stevenson’s farm in Mara. In 1941 the family moved to Deep Cove, and shortly after that to North Vancouver. The summer of 1949, Sheila went to the Cariboo to work at the Flying U Guest Ranch on Green Lake. She met James McMillan that summer at a dance at the Watch Lake Hall. The following summer, after graduating from high school and becoming engaged to Jim, Sheila returned to the Cariboo and worked at the Unicorn Guest Ranch on Horse Lake. Following the sudden death of her mother, Sheila returned to North Vancouver and kept house for her father and her three siblings, until she and Jim were married on April 20, 1951. Jim and Sheila’s first home was the cookhouse at Jim’s logging camp on the East end of Canim Lake. They moved to Lone Butte in November 1951, where they lived (behind the big red garage) until the fall of 1975. They then moved to their home overlooking the lake and the golf course at the 108 Mile Ranch. For over 30 years Jim and Sheila wintered in Palm Desert, California, enjoying the warmth and the golf. They played regularly with the ‘Brown Baggers’; many of whom were fellow BC snowbirds. Sheila and Jim also enjoyed travelling and were able to see many parts of the world including the traditional motorhome trip across Canada! In 2011, they moved to Kamloops to be closer to their eldest daughter Lorna. Sadly, as Sheila’s memory deteriorated and she required more care than Jim could offer, Sheila moved to the Residential Care Unit at Kamloops Seniors Village in March of 2019, where she remained until her death. While busy raising her daughters and supporting Jim in all his endeavours, Sheila was also an active participant in the community, volunteering with the Lone Butte Community Association, the Legion Women’s Auxiliary, and the 100 Mile Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She was a Guide leader for many years in Lone Butte, and later became District Commissioner for the Girl Guides of Canada for the South Cariboo. She was an early member of the 108 Women’s Golf Club and was involved in organizing the Pud Griffin Memorial Tournament in the 1980s. Sheila had many skills, which she passed on to her daughters. She wallpapered or painted many a room at Lone Butte and the 108. Summers were a time for picking raspberries, making jam, and canning fruit, along with trips to Green Lake, and later, golf at the 108. Sheila was a gifted needlewoman. She sewed clothes for her girls and their dolls, hooked rugs, crocheted, tatted lace, did cross stitch and embroidery, and knitted! Indeed, she was seldom seen without her knitting in her hand, or at least nearby, and she was proud to be certified a Master Knitter by the Knitting Guild of Canada in 2001. Sheila was an avid reader, a love she instilled her daughters from an early age. We often laughed that Mum was the only person we knew who could read, knit, and watch TV simultaneously! Sheila leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband Jim, daughters Lorna McMillan (Robin Johnson), Leslie Watson (Jamie), and Barbara McMillan (Yen Jong) and grandchildren Sheila and Ian Johnson, Alex and Michael Watson, and Sophia and Brian Jong, her brother Alan Boyd (Janet), sisters-in-law Shirley McMillan and Leslie Ginther and numerous nieces and nephews. Sheila was predeceased by her parents and siblings Iris and Ian. Many thanks to the loving staff at the Kamloops Seniors Village for the care they gave Sheila. A celebration of Sheila’s life will take place later, when we can gather in large numbers. Donations in Sheila’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity dear to your heart. Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com

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The more you give, The more you get, The more you laugh, The less you fret,      The more you live abundantly, The more of everything you share, The more you’ll always have to spare, The more you love,     That life is good, And friends are kind, For only what we give away, Enriches us from day to day.

Fly Me He understands every mode of force He knows what’s true of the elements He is subtle but genuine at lift off and landing He is an airplane ride blowing through the clouds He is an airplane window that reveals a whole dimension He is a propeller to delve farther deep into the universe like fractals He is an airplane grounded in the sky mighty with fuel He is an airplane engine efficient, sustaining and swift He is a wing of a plane that stabilizes my lift He has an open storage to keep the baggage balanced on flight He has a trap door that releases the body of pain He has a water tank to keep the peace Here is a safe place to crash A ride in the sky at night reveals a bright shiny movement You, my plane, are visible to the naked eye in each spectrum

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Share It Forward with Save-On JUST ADD MUSTARD The Mustard Seed Kamloops is feeding the business community to raise money for those facing homelessness and poverty. Just Add Mustard Deli was launched on June 10. This project is geared toward businesses in the Kamloops area, but all residents are invited to join in. In exchange for a minimum donation of $21, businesses and donors can choose from a menu featuring five waffle-based sandwiches. With a minimum order of five, the businesses and donors will receive a lunch, with the proceeds going toward funding local Mustard Seed programs and initiatives. Lunch packages can be ordered online at TheSeed.ca/JAMD. HELP THE HOSPICE The Kamloops Hospice Association has launched raffle and 50/50 draw to raise money for the organization, which operates the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home. The raffle is for a Chevy Bolt electric vehicle, valued at $28,000. Car raffle tickets are $10 each, with a three-ticket pack for $25, an eight-ticket pack for $50. Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are $10 each, with a five-ticket pack for $25. There are 12,800 car raffle tickets and 16,000 50/50 raffle tickets for sale Ticket sales close on July 5 at 5 p.m., with the draw scheduled to take place on July 6 at 10 a.m. For more information, and to buy tickets, go online to kamloopshospice. rafflenexus.com.

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Daniel Bahamondes performs Mitologia Musical Chilota as part of the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops’ final concert for the 2020/2021 season. It can be viewed online through June 26.

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The many uses of a piano feature in the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops’ final concert for the 2020/2021 season. They vary from the traditional accompaniment of a stringed instrument, to presenting the unusual, to the instrument of choice for composition. All are well represented in the three new pieces of music for piano by composers Daniel Silverberg, Ryan Noakes and Daniel Bahamondes. Silverberg matches the soothing sounds of the viola in The Sky Around Us and incorporates the unusual by matching to a visual track of etchings. In Os-hyp-ti-no-ti-co, Ryan Noakes has the right

hand doing something very unusual while the left-hand distracts nicely. Daniela O’Fee does a great job presenting this. In between, Ashley Kroecher plays Solo Cello Suite No.1 by Ernest Bloch. It is a work in which the viola (subbing for cello) becomes a choir of instruments. The final new work, Mitologia Musical Chilota, is inspired by the myths from the islands of Cholé, where Bahamondes grew up. About the time he was composing Mitologia, Bahamondes was living in Logan Lake. The pandemic returned him to Chile — unable to perform here. He appears through an excellently filmed video. Although the work has been published (we see

pages in the video), this is the first public performance. We have been blessed. I see Bahamondes as a piano superstar. He sped through his studies at the University of Chile, completing an eight-year course in 36 months. Bahamondes appears to have a deep understanding of music and its expressive range. He embraces the piano sitting, standing, knocking on it and leaning deep into it. Mythical beings emerge from its depths as he coaxes the piano to do more and more. It is well worth a watch. The concert is available until June 26 at 10 p.m.. Tickets and program information are available online at chambermusiciansofkamloops.org.

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Former Thompson Rivers University president Alan Shaver has been awarded the title of President Emeritus by the university’s board of governors. The recognition was made because of Shaver’s “forward-thinking leadership” and initiatives that shaped the university under

his eight-year tenure from 2010 to 2018. Board chair Barbara Berger said Shaver’s leadership led to a number of significant initiatives, including partnership agreements with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and the City of Kamloops, along with TRU’s establishment as a full member of Universities Canada and the Research Universities’ Council of BC.

Shaver also established the TRU Community Trust in order to create The Reach university neighbourhood, which has led to the development of private commercial residences on university grounds. Under Shaver, the university also opened its law school and began the accreditation process for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an accrediting

body for the northwestern United States. Shaver worked for 46 years in academia, including past leadership positions at McGill University in Montreal and Dalhousie University in Halifax. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

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It’s Men’s Health and Wellness Week IN KAMLOOPS, THERE ARE TWO RESOURCE-SHARING EVENTS BEING HELD KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK

June 14 to June 20 is Men’s Health and Wellness Week, a week to encourage all male-identifying people to take care of their health and know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It falls within Canadian Men’s Health Month, which is marked in June. “Men in general, and myself included, are procrastinators

and deniers about their personal health,” Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian said in promotion of Men’s Health and Wellness Week. “ Stop it! We are not bulletproof tigers. Prevention and early detection save’s lives.” Canadian statistics show that those who identify as male have life spans almost five years shorter than those who identify as female, account for almost 80 per cent of all opioid overdoses and

alcohol-related deaths and almost 75 per cent of all suicides. Nationally, the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation is marking Men’s Health Month with the theme of “Move for Your Mental Health.” Go online to menshealthfoundation.ca to find activities and tools to help support an active, healthy life. In the Kamloops area, there is a community table of service pro-

viders supporting Men’s Health and Wellness Week with two resource-sharing events. • Men’s Health and Wellness Resources Zoom Event June 16, 1:30 p.m. online at https://zoom.us/j/98096448802?p wd=TElTNGthMHJNQnVrb1NEd 0NmVkx0dz09. Meeting ID: 980 9644 8802 Passcode: 603612 • Men’s Health and Wellness Information Booth

June 19 at the Kamloops Regional Farmer’s Market in the 200-block of St. Paul Street downtown, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those interested can take part in a survey on what services they see a need for and would consider using. By completing the survey participants, could win a $50 gift certificate. Go online to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T2XSJRG.

Canadian Pacific commits $350,000 to RIH KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK

Royal Inland Hospital Foundation will continue to benefit from the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open golf championship despite the tournament being cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian Pacific has helped raise more than $2 million through matching programs

put in place for the BC Children’s Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital. In partnership with CP and to continue raising money for RIH — and in accordance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols — Kamloops’ South Central Trucking and Industry Charity Golf Tournament is still set to take place Aug. 20 at Rivershore Golf Links. It is one of Kamloops’ most successful

charity events, having raised in excess of $2 million for Royal Inland Hospital to date. Canadian Pacific has committed $350,000 to RIH, with $75,000 to go toward matching donations made on behalf of the South Central Trucking and Industry Charity Golf Tournament. In addition, LPGA tour CP ambassador Lorie Kane is tentatively scheduled to make

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Despite pandemic, Myers keeps on writing STEVE MARLOW

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Christina Myers was on the verge of releasing an anthology book called Big: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies, with stories from more that 20 writers from around the world. Then the pandemic struck. Like many authors at the time, all of her plans to promote the book went out the window. Myers, a former Kamloops resident (she did an internship at Kamloops This Week) now living in Surrey, had plans for a book tour, which would take her to the Toronto International Festival of Authors, along with other promotional dates in Victoria and Kelowna. Those events, which had many of the anthology’s authors planning on attending, had to be cancelled. “Having to tell writers that I would be shepherding their work into the world that the events were cancelled was devastating,” Myers

said. “It was really hard to promote a book with people getting sick. How do you promote a book with everything else going on?” Myers shifted to online promotion to help promote the anthology. Virtual meetings got the word out about the book. “It allowed anyone who wanted to participate to participate from anywhere,” she said. As with musicians, authors need to embark on tours to keep

the public interested and to spur sales. Festivals and book signings with authors to sell and promote books no longer happened during the pandemic and books slipped off the bestseller lists much more quickly. Without book tours, authors have had to scramble to fill in the gaps in their income. Myers has taken on freelance writing gigs and editing and teaches a creative writing course at Simon Fraser University to bring in income, but she was lucky her partner has a steady well-paying job that supported her and her family during the pandemic. Myers’ latest book is a fiction release, released this past April, called The List of Last Chances. Myers started planning the virtual release of the book in January, knowing a traditional book launch wouldn’t work. She began touching base with booksellers and other authors to plan online events to promote the book. On May 17, the book debuted

at No. 12 on the BC Bestsellers list. Myers encourages authors to be “as enthusiastic as you can” when rolling out a book launch and not focus on “what could have been” if not for the pandemic. Books of established authors have been selling well during the pandemic, but emerging writers have been overlooked. Myers encourages readers to check out books from small publishers and independent bookstores, which can help them and authors immensely during the pandemic. ABOUT THE LIST OF LAST CHANCES At thirty-eight years old, Ruthie finds herself newly unemployed, freshly single, sleeping on a friend’’s couch and downing a bottle of wine each night. Having overstayed her welcome and desperate for a job, Ruthie responds to David’s ad: he’s looking for someone to drive his aging mother, Kay, and her belong-

ings from P.E.I. to Vancouver. Ruthie thinks it’s the perfect chance for a brief escape and a much-needed boost for her empty bank account. But once they’’re on the road, Kay reveals that she has a list of stops along the way that is equal parts sightseeing tour, sexual bucket list and trip down memory lane. As David prods for updates and a speedy arrival to his home in Vancouver, Kay begins to share details about a long-lost love and Ruthie takes a detour to play matchmaker, but finds herself caught up in a web of well-intentioned lies. With the road ahead uncertain, and the past and present colliding, will Ruthie be able to forge a new path? Heartfelt and humorous, The List of Last Chances follows a pair of reluctant travel companions across the country, into an unexpected friendship, new adventures and the rare gift of second chances.

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Kamloops This Week took home five awards at this year’s Ma Murray Awards, presented by the BC and Yukon Community NewsMedia Association.

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A wild Western Week at Ridgeview Lodge MICHAEL POTESTIO

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A Kamloops care home is aiming to revisit the Old West annually after a week of activities, which are becoming more consistent amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Seniors at Ridgeview Lodge in Brocklehurst were treated to a week of Western activities at the end of May, culminating in a visit by some barnyard companions from The Barn in Black Pines. Residents were involved a wide variety of activities, including gold panning, cattle roping, virtual Western concerts, scenic drives into the countryside and Western movies. For the gold panning, staff utilized a kiddie pool and pie tins and made fake gold nuggets. In order to cattle rope, a staff member brought in a fake steer head and rope and

demonstrated how to do it. For the petting zoo, residents were brought outside in groups to see the animals — a miniature horse named Lily, goat named Kenny and a five month old lamb aptly named Bo Peep. “It was amazing. Some of our residents were brushing the horse and telling us things about horses that we didn’t even know,” Kiara Janzen, director of resident programs, told KTW. “The smile on peoples’ faces — some people you hadn’t seen smile in years — just smiling ear to ear. And I think everyone’s hearts were gleaming all day. Janzen said Ridgeview opted for the Western-themed events in recognition of the fact so many of its residents grew up on farms. “And we knew it really resonated with them,” Janzen said. One resident who got a kick out of the events was Patricia Crawshay, who turned 100 in March. She said the week of

activities was lovely and was delighted when the lamb settled in her lap for a cuddle in the sun. Crawshay recently moved to Kamloops from Sechelt to be closer to family and had been living on her own. Janzen said recreational activities have been inconsistent and were more or less shut down for care homes through the pandemic, but over the past few months, they have been running more consistently. “And we really wanted to kick off that with a really fun week,” Janzen said, noting Western Week will return as an annual event. Next up for the residents at Ridgeview? Hawaiian Week. “That’d be nice,” Crawshay said. Ridgeview Lodge resident Patricia Crawshay, who turned 100 in March, makes friends with a fivemonth-old lamb named Bo Peep. RIDGEVIEW LODGE PHOTO

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e opens the manila envelope and unfastens the massive clip that’s securing the wad of

documents. They are all in triplicate — everything from the paid auto insurance to our dog’s rabies vaccine. He knows precisely where everything’s located and has even highlighted the must remembers. My husband’s fastidiousness can sometimes be grating. But today, at the Mexican customs office, — after getting our mandatory permits and stamp of approval — I’m feeling grateful for his organizational skills and quirkiness. The border headquarters is the first stop and real eye-opener during our two-day drive from Nogales to Mazatlan. “This highway is supposedly pretty sketchy,” I say to Brent as we pull out of the customs lot and pass two armed guards. “Don’t worry, Hon,” he responds. “Most of the violence happens after dark.” I immediately check my watch and do a quick scroll on Google Maps. I’m relieved to see that my travel guide has done the calculations. We should be rolling into Ciudad Obregón, for our overnighter, just before sunset. As well as permits, we’ve filled our pockets with pesos for the many tolls along the way.

TOP: Sandy beaches line a 21-kilometre stretch of a Mazatlán boardwalk where sunbathers unite and deep sea fisherman reel in a hefty catch. ABOVE LEFT: Stopping roadside for a snack at a make-shift cooking station hits the spot. A nice place to check-in for an overnight rest, the Residencial Galerias is located in the heart of Ciudad Obregón. BRENT CASSIE PHOTOS

The cost from each booth doesn’t break the bank and by travelling Highway 15, we’re entitled to aid from the ‘Green Angels’ and, more importantly, some peace of mind. There are “Libre” A.K.A. “free” routes that bypass a few of the main hubs, but these potholed byways would likely trash our truck. After driving 277 kilometres, we bypass Hermosillo, the capital and largest city of the Sonora region, which overflows with a population of 868,000. Guaymas is the next significant landmark. This port city is popular for its giant shrimp and fresh-off-the-boat seafood. It’s also known for its crime,

particularly surrounding the illegal drug trade. We see signs, directing us to this seaside haven — and we keep on trucking. A string of two-bit towns also dot the route, some hosting nothing more than a few shanty shacks or cardboard-sided huts. Speed bumps provide prewarnings and as we slow down and rumble over the risers, the masses swarm; vendors selling juice concoctions, window washers with dirty cloths, children bearing outstretched hands. All are peddling for a few pesos, so we dig into our bottomless pockets, grateful that we are able to give. Over the entire day, we haven’t passed by anything that

comes close to resembling a Hyatt or Hilton and due to major construction and countless “Desviacions,” (detours) our ETA is an hour later than we had expected. I’m feeling nervous about where we’re going to shack up for the night. The sun is slowing dipping toward the horizon as we cruise into Ciudad Obregón and I’m thinking even a Motel 6 would be inviting. Residencial Galerias, located in the heart of the city, ends up being a welcome surprise; updated room, walk-in shower, courtyard pool and a comfy bed that promises some much needed sleep. Fortunately day two is surpris-

ingly easier, although the signs of destitution are clearly evident when passing through Navojoa, Los Mochis, Guasave, and other impoverished communities, I don’t feel the same culture shock. In spite of the poverty, people seem happy and content. Some proudly display their goods; ceramics, flowers, produce. Others have make-shift cook stations, where Mexican favourites sizzle on outdoor grills. Everything is primitive and questionable, but there’s no tension or apprehension. As we drive on by, they smile and wave. Life is simple and slow. In a strange way, I feel envious. Our final destination of Mazatlan evokes a similar laidback feel. Sandy beaches line its 21-kilometre boardwalk, where sunbathers unite and deep sea fisherman reel in a hefty catch. The Centro Histórico, or Old Mazatlán hub, features 9thcentury landmarks including the performance hall, Teatro Ángela Peralta and the towering Immaculate Conception basilica. The modern district of Zona Dorada is known for nightlife and hotels. Over our two week stay, we explore it all. When it’s time to do the return trip to Nogales, I’m less sceptical. I know the route and feel comfortable with the culture. It feels good to be travelling in Mexico. Travel Writers’ Tales is an independent travel article syndicate. For more, go online travelwriterstales.com

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On an outside wall of David Thompson elementary, there is a striking sea of orange handprints alongside a message proclaiming “Every child matters.” The handprints were applied to the wall by the Westsyde school’s students in memory of the 215 children whose remains were found on grounds near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, as announced last month by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. Principal Berni Linfitt said the idea came from intermediate teacher Christine McCauley and is designed as a tribute to those lives lost. “Our numbers at the school are 225, which is very close to the number of bodies (215) that were found,” Linfitt said.

“It kind of made reality hit when you take a look at the numbers in the school. The kids really made a connection to it. It was quite something to see.” Orange is the colour used to recognize the impact residential schools have had on the Indigenous peoples of Canada. The term “Every Child Matters” is linked to Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education, a magazine published by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and written by award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith. The magazine, which is based on the Seven Sacred Teachings, is aimed at students in grades 5 to 12, with each chapter teaching children about residential schools, treaties and the historic and current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

From left: David Thompson elementary Grade 1 student Ronan Cockell (left) and kindergarten students Claire Sorichta, Ella Kuroyama and Hannah Sorichta place their hands over the orange-coloured handprints on the wall of their school. DAVE EAGLES/KTW

The Keep Kamloops campaign aims to provide a boost to culture, recreation and heritage organizations by publicizing their importance and by encouraging people to donate and participate. We want to “Keep Kamloops” active, creative, and engaged by supporting the organizations that do just that. Our vision is to foster a community that is resilient and supported through COVID-19 by residents who value the contributions that arts, culture, and recreation make to their quality of life and the livability of our community. THIS WEEK'S FEATURED ORGANIZATION

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or over 45 years, the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association (KJCA) has been committed to introducing Japanese culture to the people of Kamloops. Workshops, classes and/or demonstrations are held in taiko drumming, sushi making, Japanese cooking, Japanese language, ikebana (flower arranging), Japanese calligraphy, origami, kite making, odori (Japanese folk dancing), and more. Not to mention their food booth at Folkfest on Canada Day at Riverside Park! The KJCA was founded in December 1976 to bring Japanese Canadians of Kamloops together so they could participate in the Japanese Canadian Centennial celebrations held across the country in 1977. The Association’s purpose is to foster

fellowship among its members, to assist in community activities and events that will be for the benefit and welfare of the community and to participate in the furtherance of the Japanese culture and heritage. Activities the KJCA produces include Shinnenkai (New Year’s Party), the Annual Sushi Dinner fundraiser, Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day), Natsumatsuri Summer Festival, Raiden Taiko drumming, and many more. The KJCA operates out of the Kamloops Japanese Cultural Centre at 160 Vernon Avenue on the North Shore. In early 1988, Mr. & Mrs. Shintaro Yamada generously donated a house and lot to the KJCA to be used as a bunka (cultural) centre. This house was used until early 1994 when a larger space was needed.

After many long years of struggling by the National Association of Japanese Canadians to resolve the injustices to Canadians of Japanese ancestry in the 1940s, a ‘Redress Settlement for Japanese Canadians’ was announced. As part of the settlement, a community fund of $25 million was awarded to rebuild Japanese Canadian communities across the country. The KJCA applied for funding and received $285,000 toward building a larger cultural centre at the same site. The Cultural Centre is also used by other community groups on an as-needed basis. Serving approximately 250 members, the KJCA has currently paused most of its activities due to COVID-19. Members, especially seniors, miss the friendship and community found at the Cultural Centre. But the good

Are you an arts, heritage or recreation organization that has made changes in response to COVID-19? We are looking for stories to share about charities and non-profit organizations that make our community special and are implementing new or innovative solutions to navigate this crisis. We also want to direct people to donate to your organization. Go to keepkamloops.ca to learn more.

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elcome to the weekly Kamloops Art Page. With the COVID19 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 health-care workers or musicians offering up weekly free concerts online.

This page is an attempt by KTW to bring some colour into the lives of our readers via artwork created locally. We hope to, on a weekly basis, use this page to showcase works by various Kamloops artists, with between one and three pieces displayed. Thanks for reading Kamloops This Week and we hope this page can help ease the stress of this uncertain era in which we are living. Email editor@kamloopsthisweek. com if you have any questions or suggestions relating to this page. Email editor@kamloopsthisweek. com if you have submissions for Kamloops Art Page.

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eing a father these days is brutal, to say the least. Rob (name changed) is a father of three. I asked him what he thinks of fatherhood. He tossed out the above comment with a laugh that landed somewhere between exasperation and delight. There was no time to elaborate. He had to rush out of the day care on his way back home to help prepare supper. Rob insists on being an involved father. He admits not all of his colleagues are “the involved father type,” but he and wife Michelle, who has her own job pressures to worry about, put family at the top of their multiple priorities. What does the church have to say about being a father that will make sense in hectic lives of people like Rob and Michelle? In the past, fathers were outsiders when babies were born. The man’s role was to chauffeur the expectant mother to the hospital and wait outside the delivery room until the doctor declared mother and child were fine. But times have changed. Today, when babies are born, fathers are expected to be in the delivery room. There is a release of emotion that

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fathers feel when they share in the birthing experience. Being a parent today means playing an active role in daily physical and emotional life of one’s children. This new code of behaviour means fathers (many of whom are today’s corporate warriors) are supposed to go home to be with their children. And mothers also have to work outside the home for economic survival. For the older fathers, the question that is often put to them by their about-to-bemarried children is this: What would you have done differently if your children were young again? For fathers who think they have failed, this leads to some serious reflections. If we take parenthood seriously, this question would be uppermost in the minds of many fathers. A few suggestions have surfaced in my heart as I have talked to some

dads: If I were starting my family again, I would love the mother of my children more. This involves that I would be more free to let my kids see that I love her. A child who knows his parents love each other has security and stability about life that is gained in no other way (Eph. 5:25). I would listen more. Most fathers find it hard to listen. They are busy with burdens of work and, at the end of the day, are tired. I would seek more opportunities to give my child a feeling of belonging. When a child feels he belongs in the family and is of real worth there, it is not a big step to also feel accepted, loved and of worth to others and in God’s sight (Ps.127:3). I would express words of appreciation and praise more. Many children seldom hear words of commendation and encouragement when they do a job well or exhibit good behaviour. Probably no other thing encourages a child to love life, to seek accomplishment and to gain confidence more than proper, sincere praise when she does well (Mt. 18:10). I would spend more time together. A study showed

a group of nearly 300 grades 7/8 boys kept accurate records of how much time their fathers actually spent with them over a two-week period. Most saw them only at dinner table. A number of them never saw their fathers for days at a time. The average time a father and son were alone together for an entire week was something like eight minutes. If I were to start my family again, I would laugh more. I recall squeals of delight when I laughed with my kids and shared in their stunts on living room floor. I know when I laughed with my children, our love for each other was enlarged and opened the door for doing many other things together (Prov. 17:22). Somehow we manage enough muscle to handle big things of life, but forget that life is largely made up of little things. A father’s faithfulness in small things determines happiness of his children. And not just that — it strongly influences their spiritual direction. The best father is one who knows God as his heavenly father. Only Christ can provide that relationship. Only he can say, “I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).”

When we place our child-like trust in Christ, when we believe only his death, burial and resurrection can bring forgiveness, then we become a part of God’s family. At that time, we receive a new potential for fathering by gaining access to God’s unlimited resources. Narayan Mitra is a volunteer Chaplain at Thompson Rivers University.

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You may be confused about a love interest’s seeming lack of communication this week, Aries. What may seem like silence to you could be patience to him or her.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 It may be challenging to see the progress you are making when it comes in small quantities, Taurus. Rest assured you are getting things done and moving along.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, others have a lot of interest in you, and that can lift your spirits — especially if you are looking for a new job. Being in demand also can lead to new friendships.

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Cancer, the praise you deserve finally arrives. After all of this waiting, the recognition can be a bit overwhelming. However, do your best to accept it with grace.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, someone you haven’t seen in a while reaches out to reconnect. It may come as a surprise to hear from this person, but welcome him or her with open arms.

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Scorpio, with so much high energy, you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to this week. You might even polish off your entire to-do list.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Positive new influences may come in your life through a new relationship or a career change, Sagittarius. Embrace the changes and enjoy the results.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan20 Capricorn, you have all the support in the world but you may not be ready to embrace it. Accepting help is not a sign of weakness. Rather, it shows you are self-confident.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 You can fix problems for others or yourself with ease, Aquarius. In fact, others may start coming to you for help more often. It can be emotionally fulfilling to help others.

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Pisces, with a steadier financial situation and improved self-esteem, you have less to worry about what the future will bring you.

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