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Janet Michael has been living “on a knife’s edge” as the Sparks Lake wildfire moves toward her home. On Tuesday, the ThompsonNicola Regional District issued an evacuation order for 119 properties between Savona to the west, Frederick to the east and Red Lake to the north as wildfire activity in the vicinity is threatening structures. Michael, who lives southeast of Red Lake on Meadow Road, told KTW she and her boyfriend are packed and ready to leave, but were waiting for her cat to show up before heading out. Until now, the area has been on evacuation alert, Michael said, noting she was prepared to leave, but didn’t believe an evacuation order would come to fruition. “And now I’m going and it’s really stressful and really sad,” Michael said, noting her garden and fruit trees may

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Council Calendar In-person public attendance is now permitted. Virtual attendance via Zoom will also continue to be an option July 20, 2021 1:30 pm - Regular Committee Meeting 7:00 pm - Public Hearing July 26, 2021 10:00 am - Development and Sustainability Committee Meeting 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

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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 • Columbia Street West Intersection of McGill Road and Columbia Street West To stay up to date on road work projects, visit: Kamloops.ca/Kammute

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The Curbside Organic Waste Collection Program is shifting into Phase 2—a one-year pilot program—in September. The following five pilot routes have been selected: • Zone 1: Westsyde (west of Westsyde Road from Sicamore Drive to Riverview Road) • Zone 2: Brock/North Kamloops (between 8th Street to Valhalla Drive and Tranquille Road to Pembroke Avenue) • Zone 3: North Kamloops/McDonald Park (between Cottonwood Avenue, Tranquille Road, and sections of Royal Avenue) • Zone 4: Upper Sahali (south/east of Summit Drive from Pineridge Estates to Highway 5A) • Zone 5: Juniper West (Qu’Appelle Boulevard and Galore Crescent area) and sections of Valleyview west of Highland Road (sections of Valleyview Drive, Glenwood Drive, and Orchard Drive) An organics curbside cart, a kitchen bin, and an information package will be delivered to pilot addresses in late summer. There is no additional cost to residents on a pilot route. Residents on pilot routes are encouraged to subscribe to information updates. To view a detailed map of the pilot routes and to subscribe for updates, visit: LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Organics

Renovate Smart Kamloops is a program designed to help homeowners get the most out of their home renovations. Learn how to increase your home’s energy performance and about the incentives that may be available to you.

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ROARING WITH THE B.C. LIONS KTW interviews star wide receiver Bryan Burham at training camp

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Master of ceremonies Ken Hitchcock was among those who spoke of the life of Don Moores during a celebration of life service on Tuesday afternoon at Sandman Centre. Moores, president and COO of the Kamloops Blazers and former regional president of Black Press, died suddenly when he suffered a heart attack on June 30 while golfing at the Kamloops Golf and Country Club. Go online to kamloops thisweek.com to read more about the celebration of life service. DAVE EAGLES/KTW

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On Thursday, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc will present its report on the preliminary findings of what are believed to be the remains of 215 children who were students of the former Kamloops indian Residential School. The report will be shared at the 9 a.m. press conference at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre in Aberdeen. On May 27, the Tk’emlups band announced it had found the remains of children who were students of the school, some as young as three years old, with the help of a ground-penetrating radar survey (GPR) over the Victoria Day long weekend. Thursday’s event will consist of a presentation on the ground-penetrating radar report findings, a technical briefing on the work undertaken, what next steps the band will take and statements from Kamloops Indian Residential School survivors and an

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intergenerational survivor. Speakers will include Tk’emlúps Chief Rosanne Casimir, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc’s legal counsel, the GPR specialist it used and other experts and the survivors. That will be followed by a 45-minute question and answer session with the media between 10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The 215 individual, unmarked graves were located south of the school building near the Secwépemc Museum. The discovery led to worldwide interest and outcry over the abuses of Canada’s residential school system. That report was originally intended to be released in mid-June before being delayed to the end of that month, with Casimir noting it was taking longer than expected to complete. The 215 graves are, to the band’s knowledge, undocumented deaths for which it is still in the process of collecting records. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has identified 52 stu-

dents who died at the Kamloops Residential School, which operated between 1890 and 1977. The list of deaths range in dates from 1900 to 1971 and are part of the centre’s Missing Children Project. The children’s names are not accompanied by their ages. The band is also looking into what it can do to repatriate the remains to home communities and conduct archaeological work at the site. According to the band, the existence of these unmarked grave sites has been long rumoured in its community and work to confirm it has been done in the past, through digs and early versions of groundpenetrating radar — but that was cost- and time-prohibitive. Initial efforts were carried out in the early 2000s. With access to the latest technology, a breakthrough finally came via Tk’emlups’ administration applying for the Pathways to Healing grant. This latest work was accomplished by the band’s Language and Culture Department, along with ceremonial Knowledge Keepers.

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Michael’s home is about 16 kilometres from the Red Lake boat launch on the east side of the lake. Fire information officer Hannah Swift told KTW the Sparks Lake fire is spreading in a southeast direction and has grown from its previously estimated 40,267 hectares, but by how much was unclear on Tuesday afternoon due to smoky conditions. Swift said control lines in the Red Lake area, where the fire was very active on Monday, were breached by the fire and crews were patrolling the eastern flank, from Criss Creek to the Frog Lake area, on Tuesday to extinguish flames that have moved beyond the perimeter. Swift said the Sparks Lake fire on Monday was most active in the Frog Lake area, east of the blaze’s perimeter and north of Red Lake. Though the fire is heading eastward, toward Kamloops, she noted areas such as Kamloops Airport and Tranquille on the Lake are not now under threat. The TNRD will issue evacuation alerts and orders when necessary. Steve Barnes and his wife live in Frederick, where they usually spend five months of the year, the rest of the time being used to travel. Frederick is a recreational community on the north side of Kamloops Lake, opposite Tobiano. It is accessed by water or by private road by those who have contracted that right. Barnes said there are 32 properties above the CN tracks were subdivided in 1960, before which the acreage was a tomato plantation. He said there are six principal residents in four principal homes, noting the community is off the grid — using solar power and wind turbines. Barnes told KTW they left the community on Monday, the day before the evacuation order, to attend an appointment in Vancouver.

As of Monday, Barnes said they had been smoked in, like Kamloops, but no flames from the Sparks Lake fire had been seen. His address in Frederick is inside the evacuation order boundary, so he and his wife will be staying in the Lower Mainland for the time being. Barnes said an average drive from Frederick to the Kamloops Airport, where residents collect their mail, is about 20 minutes. Distance covered is 20 kilometres along Frederick Road and Tranquille Road. Michael remains hopeful the fire won’t reach their homes, but noted a BC Wildfire Service liaison told her there aren’t enough personnel to inform them in person or by phone that they need to evacuate. Michael said she found out online about the evacuation order, but pointed out some of her neighbours aren’t on Facebook or do not have an Internet connection. “If someone doesn’t come to their gate, they won’t know,” Michael said, noting she learned of the order via the TNRD website. “Just think of how stretched the personnel now is in British Columbia.” According to the BC Wildfire Service website, there are 307 wildfires burning around the province, with three of note near Kamloops — Sparks Lake, Embleton Mountain and Durand Lake. The Embleton Mountain wildfire is still estimated at 466 hectares in size and is burning upslope, away from Whitecroft and Sun Peaks, Swift said. There are 132 properties under evacuation orders and 170 others on evacuation alerts. All properties in Sun Peaks are also on an evacuation alert and the Heffley-Louis Creek Road is closed to visitors due to the fire. As for the lightning-caused Durand Lake wildfire, 28 kilometres south of Kamloops, there has been no growth seen on the 277-hectare blaze, though it remains burning out of control.

Weed Wednesday event on July 21 The Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association is hosting its TNRD Weed Pull Challenge on Wednesday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome to drop by and pull some invasive weeds in

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taking part can meet in the main parking lot of Peterson Creek park off Columbia Street with a hat, garden gloves, sunscreen and water. For more information, contact Teresa at 250-3141159.


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In the wake of a fire that was ignited on Canada Day between Valleyview and Juniper Ridge, the city wants the province to increase funding to protect vulnerable locations. Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian said the city currently receives about $250,000 for fire smart initiatives, such as prescribed burns, and he would like to see that number quadruple, to $1 million per year. “What we’re finding is that a quarter of a million is really a drop in the bucket compared to the number of nature parks and the number of interface areas we have now, growing up through Pineview Valley and growing up through Uplands and certainly Juniper and Dufferin,” Christian told KTW. “We’re interfacing with the forest much more.” The city’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan notes areas of Kamloops that are particularly vulnerable. It states houses on the western edge of Peterson Creek and

Flames grow in a ravine near homes in Juniper Ridge about 15 minutes after a lightning strike on July 1. ALLEN DOUGLAS/KTW

within Rose Hill face the most serious long-term threats to wildfire. Other areas of concern include Barnhartvale, Juniper Ridge, Heffley and Pineview. City staff met late last week with provincial representatives in the wake of the July 1 fire, which was sparked by lightning and fuelled by historic drought conditions and heat.

No homes burned and no injuries resulted, though the situation led to confusion and delays in evacuating from Juniper Ridge, with only one paved exit. The city met with the Juniper Ridge Community Association on July 7 and then virtually with Minister of Municipal Affairs Josie Osbourne and Minister

of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy the following day. Christian said a 10-minute drive took 45 minutes when his neighbourhood was evacuated from Juniper Ridge on the night of the fire. He said that in addition to interface fire protection funding, the city is also specifically asking the province for access through Crown land to build an extension off Qu’Appelle Boulevard. Christian said adjudication of about one kilometre of Crown land is needed to build a through-road to Rose Hill Road. Christian said the city asked about funding. Although roadbuilding is not something typically funded by the province, he said it may be considered as part of climate-adaptation work. “Urban interface fire is a function of climate change and climate change is something they do fund, so whether or not there is money for that, who knows,” Christian said. “The point being, we’re going to need a second exit out of Juniper Ridge. We always have known that and we were always

going to build it, but I believe this close call we had on the first [of July] might be just the catalyst we need to build that project ahead a little faster.” Christian said fire-preparedness funding may also be available for the Voyent Alert emergency app, which is estimated to cost $100,000 over five years. He said the city faces risks in addition to fires and needs to determine the right alert system for Kamloops. Christian noted social media added to anxiety during the fire. Asked what the city could have done better on July 1, the mayor said that while the evacuation was orderly, it was also “chaotic,” due to a tactical evacuation (door-kicking) that occurred and not enough time for an evacuation alert and order. He said communication needs to improve. “There were people saying this fire was in Juniper West,” Christian said, noting that kind of misinformation got an extra 1,000 residents unnecessarily amped up. The mayor is advising residents to be vigilant and prepared this summer.

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s I look out our window and into smoky skies, I am reflecting on how much we’ve been through as a community in the past 16 months. This has been a challenging time for Kamloops. We have seen ourselves in the national and international news for tough and sad stories. Friends and relatives outside of town have been in touch to check up on us. Our goodwill and resilience is being tested. Kamloops councillors rotate monthly as deputy mayors and, this month, it has been my honour and responsibility to serve in the role. One of the newer roles council has assigned the deputy mayor is to formally reply to emails sent to all of council and, if needed, forward these emails to city staff.

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CITY COUNCIL This month, I have spent quite a bit of time replying to residents of Juniper Ridge with significant concerns about the evacuation out of the neighbourhood after a lightning strike caused the July 1 Kamloops East wildfire. Many of these residents gave great praise to emergency first responders and were very appre-

ciative that no lives or structures were lost. However, the evacuation was a very frightening and traumatic experience for a lot of people. And there are definitely improvements that will be made. As I’ve replied to Juniper residents, I’ve been thankful for the understanding and willingness of most to work together to find solutions. After all of the challenges we’ve faced as a community, there are still reservoirs of resilience and goodwill. These reservoirs are being tested. City council members often get tagged/mentioned on social media when people express concerns about substance use, anti-social behaviour and crime. These issues have increased since the beginning of the pandemic, but they have also been with us for a long time. I acknowledge the frustration

expressed. There are no easy answers, but we do have choices. We can blame others and look for simple answers that, frankly, don’t work. Or we can seek to understand these are tough issues that will require great patience and collaboration to find the best solutions. If we decide to try to take matters into our own hands, the outcomes can be very bad — and even tragic. I recognize some citizens don’t have faith and trust in their elected representatives. And I think city council members have to continually work to earn, build and keep your trust. I recently received my second vaccination shot. The progress with vaccinations has given me hope that the pandemic will soon be over and we will soon be back to gathering, shaking hands and engaging in permission-

based hugs of all types. Again, our progress toward the post-pandemic world depends on the choices we make. The vaccination centre at the Tournament Capital Centre is full of helpers, caregivers and people supporting other people. Fundamentally, this is who we are as Kamloopsians. I hope we all remember that. May these challenges we have faced make us better people, more united in common cause and committed to coming out of the pandemic better than we were when we went in. Arjun Singh is a Kamloops councillor. His email address is asingh@kamloops.ca. Council columns appear monthly in KTW and online at kamloops thisweek.com. To comment on this column, email editor@ kamloopsthisweek.com.

Still attempting to solve that Haitian puzzle The presidential dogs were still alive, which meant something was wrong with the official explanation of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse on July 7. In very poor countries, even moderately prosperous people whose houses contain things worth stealing usually have large dogs — and those dogs are trained to attack intruders. The dogs would certainly have attacked Moïse’s attackers if they didn’t know them, but they didn’t have a scratch on them. Neither did his bodyguards, who somehow didn’t hear the 12 shots that killed the president and the several more shots that

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severely wounded his wife. In fact, they heard nothing, saw nothing and knew nothing. But the Haitian police rapidly arrested 15 Columbian ex-soldiers and killed three others. There were two Haitian-Americans with them and six more Columbians are still on the run. “Foreigners came to our country to kill the president,” police chief Léon Charles. lamented.

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returned to their hotels, where most of them were arrested peacefully some hours later. The story told via their wives and families back in Colombia is a bit different. They say the mercenaries were hired as bodyguards for some prominent Haitian (they didn’t know who) for US$2,700 per month. The puzzle of who killed Moïse and why may never be solved, although which candidate emerges victorious from the current cluster of three rivals claiming the presidency will be a pointer in the right direction. Read the full column at kamloopsthisweek.com.

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WE MUST STOP USING FOSSIL FUELS TAKE A BOW, suspected as a significant factor in the increase. After three days of record high temperatures, a fire reduced the Village of Lytton to ashes, overtaking the town within minutes due to dry conditions. Estimates suggest more than a billion seashore creatures cooked alive in the extreme heat, with huge impacts on marine ecosystems. High water temperatures could also wreak havoc on salmon runs later this summer. Berry farmers are reporting crop losses of 50 per cent, while chicken and

dairy producers struggled to keep their animals alive through the heat. Fossil fuel projects like LNG Canada and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are only making this problem worse. Politicians need to stop spending public money on polluting projects and shut construction down immediately to keep us safe. Fossil fuels are killing people and we need to quit them cold turkey. Tony Brumell Kamloops

AFTER FIRE, DEVELOPMENT REVIEW NEEDED Editor: The July 1 fire between Juniper Ridge and Valleyview exposed the egress issue in Juniper, one on which the City of Kamloops has been negligent. Fundamental fire code regulation requires buildings to provide another way out in case of emergency. However, it appears such basic safety regulations don’t apply to a subdivision. There needs to be an

immediate fix to this issue. It was by chance the lightning struck on the east end of Juniper. Had it struck in Juniper West and a strong southwestern wind pushed the fire toward the full length of the subdivision, it could have been very tragic. Burning embers distributed by the wind could have spread the fire throughout the neighbourhood. I note the city has permitted the construction of homes far-

ther up the treed hillside. The view is wonderful, but it increases fire risk. Along with new homes comes more natural gas lines, more human activities and more risk potential. Development needs to be halted and there needs to be a comprehensive neighbourhood plan developed to protect the community and the many people living there from the risk of wildfire as a result of the dramatic changes

occurring in our weather. This is an urgent requirement of local government leaders. Everything needs to be considered. Should preventive fire guards be put in place throughout the hillside? No natural gas lines? A sprinkler system? Emergency response plan, including fire drills? A fire response station? Randy Pearson Kamloops

CITY WORKERS Editor: We are residents of Westmount Drive, which underwent a road, utilities and pedestrian walkway reconstruction. This was a huge undertaking that could have caused major upheaval and frustration for us residents. But we experienced the opposite result due to the courteous, empathetic and obliging city workers on site. They were all so very friendly, never failed to say hello and/or answer our questions and often included a bit of humour. They were so very accommodating and courteous, making what could have been a very destructive, disruptive and frustrating project into one that was very tolerable and somewhat entertaining. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all the city crew member who worked on this project. Take a bow — your efforts and concerns are very much recognized and appreciated. Lynda Jones Kamloops

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Focus is on railway right-of-way fire hazards FAR LEFT: Wooden debris and brush are next to the CN spurline behind Sandman Centre. LEFT: Thick vegetation lines the sides of the CP mainline off Victoria Street West. KEN NICHOLSON PHOTOS

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Asked if the railways should be pressured to clean up tall grasses and discarded materials that have been spotted downtown, Mayor Ken Christian said the city is working with the companies. “We work with them in terms of vegetation control and noxious weed control, but right now, I think that is an excellent point because a spark from a train could really set something off,” he said. Christian noted a right of way through Dallas and Valleyview as particularly vulnerable. His comments come in wake of a Transport Canada order requiring railway companies to do more to prevent and report fires. There have been reports that the June 30 fire that destroyed

Lytton may have originated from a passing train, though that investigation continues. Transport Canada has enacted measures on railway operations between Kamloops and Boston Bar and between Kamloops and North Bend. When operating when the fire danger level in the area is rated “extreme”, CN and CP must have a 60-minute response time to

any fires detected along the right of way or notify the fire service responsible for the area if the fire cannot be controlled without assistance. In addition, train conductors must be responsible for spotting for fires and reporting any fires or smoldering areas along the route. The railway companies must also ensure any vegetationcontrol measures are followed

by removal of combustible materials, while CN and CP must ensure at least 10 fire detection patrols are conducted on the route every 24 hours unless a train has not operated on the relevant route for a period of at least three hours. CN and CP must also consult with Indigenous governments or other Indigenous governing bodies located along the routes

to incorporate considerations of Indigenous knowledge related to the presence of fire hazards, fire risk and control of fires into the preparation of fire hazard reduction plans and the fire preparedness plans required under the prevention and control of fires on line works regulations. In addition, class 1 railways (Canada’s largest railways) must have their trains’ speed reduced when the temperature hits 30 C and the fire danger level for the area is classified as “extreme.” Class 1 railways must complete and implement a final extreme weather fire risk mitigation plan within 60 days following the issuance of the order, the date of which was July 10.

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LOCAL NEWS Among the more jarring scenes in Lytton consist of what survived the village-wide fire of June 30, including the Canada Post office, an Anglican church and this Pride crosswalk, with its rainbow colours standing out in stark contrast to the bleak black and grey landscape of charred wood, twisted metal and mounds of ash. CHRISTOPHER FOULDS/KTW

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rampoline frames, chimneys and skeletons of vehicles remain on Main Street in Lytton, a Fraser Canyon village about two hours southwest of Kamloops. Usually home to about 250 people, Lytton remains eerily quiet today, with nary a resident in town. Fire ripped through the community on June 30, leaving behind an apocalyptic scene. With limited time to flee — estimated to be mere minutes — signs of what was left behind in the rush to get out remain: a hitched-up trailer, a truck with the tailgate down, ladders set up beneath a tree.

If something was built from metal or stone, it may have stood a chance inside the inferno, though chances are it would have been contorted into unnatural shapes, like a twist tie, or rest in piles resembling not much of anything. That pile of rubble was the RCMP detachment. That blackened, jumbled mess was the ambulance detachment. That shell of a building, next to an untouched playground and sports field, was the elementary school. But, unless you are a resident — many of whom toured the devastated town on July 9 before KTW and other media were brought in by the ThompsonNicola Regional District — it is impossible to know what businesses once operated in row after row of razed buildings. Most homes are gone.

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The random nature of the June 30 fire in Lytton is seen in this photo, where an unscathed home is surrounded by charred rubble. CHRISTOPHER FOULDS/KTW

The most important things — wedding photos, insurance documents, identification — would have burned. Signs of weaker materials, like wood, remain in anonymous piles of white ash on the ground. Some things that remain in Lytton make sense, such as structures made of materials built to withstand such a force. Others, not so much. An Anglican Church remains seemingly untouched, with a cross, bell and stained glass window all ready to welcome Sunday morning patrons. Across from that church, a building is in ruins. The Canada Post building looks unscathed, yet everything on either side and behind it has been reduced to charred remains. A chimney stands nearby, next to a cavernous concrete foundation, wall-less and revealing metal

chairs set up in anticipation of a seated group. In another location, a white lattice arbour stands amid the rubble at the edge of a property. There is no rhyme or reason as to which properties burned to the ground and the few that remained intact. TNRD CAO Scott Hildebrand said he took a helicopter ride to view Deadman River Valley, where the Sparks Lake wildfire burned through. Hildebrand said he saw one valley blackened to a crisp and the next dotted with cows grazing on green pastures. He said embers come up, blow and burn land in various random locations. “They just get lucky,” he said of areas that escaped the flames. See RESIDENTS, A13

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On Friday, a half-dozen buses carried about 200 Lytton residents — who remain scattered throughout communities in Interior B.C., including Kamloops — back to see what is left of their community. Media also caught a separate, but similar, glimpse on their own bus, led by TNRD emergency operations centre information officer Debbie Sell. “Difficult day,” Hildebrand said, noting residents were grateful to return to Lytton and see neighbours again. He said he felt humbled to visit. Downed power poles line Highway 1 into Lytton, as do charred shrubs and blackened earth next to highway barricades. Branchless, fire-scarred tree trunks on hills leading into the village resemble porcupine quills dotting the landscape. A burned semi-truck can be seen on the side of the road heading into town. From a highway vantage point and looking down into Lytton: a house with a deck, a bridge, a motorhome, building rubble, a swing set and two walls standing on their own, a view of water through them. The skies were clear on Friday, not smoky, though reporters and photographers were required to wear N95 masks while inside the bus as the vehicle drove down Main Street. In the days leading to the fire, Lytton had broken temperature records, recording an all-time Canada high mark of 49.6 C. Temperatures remained hot on Friday, in the mid-30s. Temperatures so hot they can immediately dry out lands and fuel forest fires, which are so hot they can melt lamp posts

and children’s slides. Will children play again in Lytton? Only time will tell. PROPERTY OWNERS TAKE IN THE DEVASTATION A Delta resident who owns a home in Lytton said the devastation was “breathtakingly shocking” to see. Jennifer Thoss was among those on a bus tour organized by the TNRD. “It’s all flat,” she said. “It looks like it’s powder. Oh, it’s very haunting.” The bus only went down Main Street and Thoss noted “some frustration” that residents couldn’t see all of Lytton and were not allowed out of the vehicle. “Fraser Street that runs parallel to Main Street is where a lot of the people who were on the bus lived or had their homes, including myself, and it was not part of the official route,” she said. “So, as a community, we really wanted to go down Fraser Street. They said it was impossible.” Elderly tenants who rented Thoss’ place on Fraser Street are at a Merritt evacuation centre. “The bus was very quiet,” Thoss said, describing the mood of the people in the vehicle. Some people chose not to take the tour, including Jeff Chapman, who lost both his parents in the fire. He said he knows what the area looks like. “I was there during the fire,” he said. He understands that everyone has their “own way of grieving,” which is what the tour provided to some, he said. “I would rather mourn by myself,” Chapman said. — with a file from the Vancouver Sun

Scenes of destruction are everywhere in Lytton, with almost all buildings razed by the fire of June 30, the cause of which remains under investigation. RCMP is focusing its probe in the southwest area of the village, near CN rail tracks, a parking lot and a playground. Among structures lost were the elementary school, the RCMP detachment, the health centre, the BC Ambulance station and the village hall. More photos and video can be seen online at kamloopsthisweek. com. CHRISTOPHER FOULDS PHOTOS/KTW

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Reflecting on fleeing the flames in Lytton ANDREW LORING’S HOME SURVIVED THE JUNE 30 FIRE, BUT HIS PARENTS’ HOME WAS DESTROYED MICHAEL POTESTIO

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Andrew Loring had no idea what was behind him as he drove home with groceries from Lytton on June 30. He would later learn the fire that destroyed the village was right behind him as he travelled toward his home in the Gladwin Mobile Home Park on the outskirts of the Fraser Canyon village. Exactly one week later, the husband and father of two could be found outside the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Powwow Arbour, where he has been gathering supplies since being displaced by the life-altering blaze. Tk’emlups has an emergency reception centre and services at its powwow grounds and surrounding buildings off Highway 5 for all wildfire evacuees. Some people are staying overnight, either in tents underneath bleachers just outside the arbour or in bedding set up in the stands. According to Tk’emlups Chief Rosanne Casimir, 40 cots have been set up within the Sk’elep School of Excellence gymnasium for overnight guests who don’t wish to sleep outside. Meanwhile, a donation centre at then adjacent Moccasin Square Gardens is filled with items, including mounds of clothing and

Andrew Loring (left) said he has been coming by the Tk’emlups reception centre because he is familiar with the area, having lived perviously at the Silver Sage trailer park on the reserve. Other wildfire evacuees have set up tents under the powwow arbour. DAVE EAGLES PHOTOS/KTW

shoes, as well as canned goods and other food. Loring said he and his family have been visiting the emergency reception centre on the reserve almost every day, grabbing meals, water or clothing. When his family was part of the evacuation of the Lytton area, there wasn’t much time to pack. The family has been living in various hotels in Kamloops for the past week, but Loring, an electrician by trade, said the company he works for will be getting them more permanent lodging in a condo while they await word on when they can return home, which he hopes to be in August.

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He said he has been coming by the Tk’emlups reception centre because he is familiar with the area, having lived perviously at the Silver Sage trailer park on the reserve. Loring has been back to Lytton numerous times, however, as he’s helping to restore power to a nearby band’s water service with the installation of backup generators. He’s also been back to check on his home. “I kind of lucked out because my place didn’t get hit,” Loring said. His mother and stepfather, however, live in Lytton, and did

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lose their home to the flames. On the day of the fire, Loring’s mother came by his house in a panic, urging them all to evacuate. “She was just out of her mind,” he said. Once on the road in Merritt, and within cell service range, Loring said they learned almost all of Lytton had burned down. They carried on to Kamloops where, they’ve been since. Loring, who works at a power plant in Lillooet, recalled seeing a friend outside the Lytton grocery store at about 4:30 p.m. on the day of the fire, which is believed to have started in the village and

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not part of a wildfire. After exchanging pleasantries, Loring drove away and noticed his friend’s eyes widen as she looked down the street behind him. Loring said he didn’t think much of it at the time, but his friend has since told him she was staring at a tree bursting into flames, unbeknownst to him as he drove away. Loring said his daughters, who are 14 and 11 years old, were frightened when they had to evacuate, but added they are holding up well. “They’re troopers, they’re doing pretty good, but it’s affected them,” Loring said.

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Tk’emlúps opens its arms (and arbour) to evacuees MICHAEL POTESTIO

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Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is looking after many people who have been displaced by wildfires. Chief Rosanne Casimir noted the band has been seeing fire evacuees

from Lytton and the nearby Skeetchestn Indian Band, members of the latter leaving their reserve because of Sparks Lake wildfire evacuation orders. Casimir said Tk’emlúps has coun-

sellors on site for evacuees, along with meal services. While some people are staying overnight, many more come for at least a visit. There are also washrooms and showers available and drummers have been on site to entertain evacuees so no one feels

alone, Casimir noted. She said all evacuees must first register at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre’s

emergency reception centre before coming to stay at the Tk’emlups site, so their loved ones can find them. Officials recom-

mend fire evacuees re-register if they move to different emergency reception sites. Tk’emlúps emergency operations

manager Dianne Kehler said the band has been feeding up to 300 people per day and lodging close to 100. For those wish-

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The governments of B.C. and Canada will each match donations to the Red Cross British Columbia Fires Appeal to the end of the year, to a maximum of $20 million. The matching funds will be retroactive to donations received since July 3, when the Red Cross’ British Columbia Fires Appeal began.

This means every $1 donated will become $3 to support those affected by wildfires. The Canadian Red Cross works with the province, local authorities and First Nations leadership to help all people and communities impacted by the wildfires, including the people of Lytton. This year’s wildfire season started early and the weather is expected to stay dry and hot for the foreseeable future.

On Sunday, Environment Canada issued another heat warning for Kamloops and the region. Donations will need to be specifically

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the city sent out communications stating the fire was under control and evacuation orders had been rescinded. The statement said Valleyview and Juniper Ridge residents could return home. Subsequent communication an hour later stated another evacuation was occurring. Kamloops Fire Chief Steve Robinson said the wind, weather and fire direction changed, prompting another evacuation order. The precise number of properties evacuated at each time in the night could not be provided. Singh said that while professionals had the situation under control, he conceded that is “cold comfort” to those who sat in traffic for 45 minutes in Juniper East, watching the glow from the fire. He said he had a conversation with someone who thought they were going to die in their car or, at the very least, lose their home. Despite RCMP officers knocking on doors of those deemed to be in danger and ordered to leave, others inevitably fled from

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the highly visible fire. It was perhaps those people, who did not receive a door knock, who were left with the most questions about what to do as they saw the smoke and flames, read myriad anecdotal social media posts, saw others fleeing and received messages and calls from concerned friends and family. Adding to the angst was the fact the fire appeared to growing quickly, with news of the fiery devastation of Lytton fresh in the minds of the public. The Fraser Canyon town was razed by fire a day before the Kamloops blaze. City communiques did advise of specific areas under evacuation. Notably, however, neither the press release, nor Facebook Twitter posts, advised of preferred evacuation routes. On Tuesday, the city made clear it did not consider Juniper West egress routes located at Coldwater Drive and Galore Crescent to be safe, due to them being unlit, unmarked and unpaved. Even with the wait time factored into getting down Highland Drive, the city said that was the safest

route out of Juniper Ridge. Acting civic operations director Greg Wightman said he understands the wait caused fear and anxiety in residents, but noted other plans were in the works had the situation changed. Asked what the city would tell residents who broke through gates that night as they fled the flames, Wightman said difficult decisions were made. “When we looked at having an access road out of Juniper that was paved, that was lit — that was Highland Drive [Road],” he said. “Knowing full well it was going to lead to congestion, understanding the fear and the anxiety of people sitting on there, it was still the safer route. … Now, had the risk shifted, had Highland Drive become the risky option, we were prepared to open those other access points. Residents did take it upon themselves to do that and that was certainly not a recommendation of the city because we feel very strongly that the safer access out of Juniper was Highland Drive.” Perhaps a simple social media post or line in a press release could have

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helped prevent chaos that night, a post to let residents know they need only evacuate if someone knocks on their door and that they should take Highland Road, even if waits occur, as it is the safest route and there is adequate time. City CAO David Trawin said he would be recommending to council implementation of the Voyent Alert app. The app is utilized by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, which, to complicate

matters, sent out a Tweet the morning of the fire, urging residents to sign up for emergency alerts. Asked why the city had not already been using the emergency alert app, Trawin told KTW the city had been looking into utilizing the technology in a more fulsome way than that utilized by the regional district. Heshka said she has been vocal about wanting that technology for a couple of months, but noted there is a long process to

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activated its multiagency emergency jessica@kamloopsthisweek.com operations centre 90 minutes later, at 9:30 p.m. City of Kamloops The first official says it will make communication, communication improvements in the including a press release and social wake of the Canada media posts, did Day fire, which was not come until sparked by lightning 10:50 p.m. between Valleyview The first press and Juniper Ridge. release was received “Getting the by media at 10:53 information out to p.m., the first people as soon as Facebook post was possible will be, I published at 10:55 think, a key learning p.m. and the first from this,” Deputy tweet on Twitter Mayor Arjun Singh went out at 11:08 told KTW. p.m. The city faced Heshka said the criticism over EOC put out the communication information within during last week’s minutes of receiving fire, including verified information questions about from the incident initial social media commander. posts, evacuation “The priority in orders issued, then those first few minrescinded, then issued again and utes, when there’s confusion over no time to issue an evacuation routes, evacuation alert, is including gates a tactical response on egress routes of door-knocking,” in Juniper West Heshka said. remaining locked. “So, the people On Tuesday (July immediately at risk 6) during a press were receiving faceconference, city staff to-face communicaaddressed gaps in tion. All of that led communication. to a press release Communications coming out a little manager Wendy bit later, social posts Heshka said coming out a little communication bit later and that will was “delayed.” In a be part of the debrief timeline provided that we undertake in to media, the city a few weeks to look received reports at what could be of fire in the hills done differently, how between Valleyview we could improve and Juniper at 8 that response.” SALESAt&11:30 INSTALLATIONS p.m. on July 1 and p.m., JESSICA WALLACE

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The School District 73 board of education has approved an updated capital plan for 2022-2023 that includes 20 major and 24 minor capital projects. The plan is broken down into a number of funding requests to the Ministry of Education, including five new schools, three sites for future schools, one expansion project, eight replacement schools, three rural demolitions, five enhancement projects, five projects to lower the district’s carbon emissions, playground equipment at three schools and 11 school buses.

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In order of priority, the district is looking to build five new schools, including an elementary school in Batchelor Heights, a secondary school in Aberdeen, an elementary school in Juniper Ridge west, a K-12 school in Sun Peaks and an elementary school in Aberdeen East. The district needs new schools to expand capacity, as many schools, especially in Kamloops, are facing issues with overcrowding. A new school in Batchelor Heights is currently the district’s top priority because of overcrowding. The elementary school in Batchelor’s catchment area — Westmount elementary — is currently at 164 per cent capacity, with 39 per cent of all students in the

The City of Kamloops has announced routes selected for a pilot project beginning this fall that will see staff collect organic waste at the curb. The routes include: • Zone 1: Westsyde (west of Westsyde Road from Sicamore Drive to Riverview Road);

school’s five portables. SD73 secretary-treasurer Kelvin Stretch said the district already has Crown land available in the area to construct a new school. One familiar list item, a new school for Pineview Valley, was left off the wish list this year because it has already received the support of government, according to facilities manager Art McDonald, who went over the plan at a recent board of education meeting. The district is currently preparing a business case for that school. It is also looking to acquire sites three future school sites in Aberdeen, including one for a secondary school and one each for elementary schools in east

• Zone 2: Brocklehurst/North Kamloops (from Eighth Street to Valhalla Drive and from Tranquille Road to Pembroke Avenue); • Zone 3: North Kamloops/ McDonald Park (between Cottonwood Avenue, Tranquille Road and sections of Royal Avenue);

and west Aberdeen. To replace aging schools, the district has prioritized the following facilities: Dallas elementary, South Kamloops secondary, Bert Edwards elementary, Kay Bingham elementary, Raft River elementary (Clearwater), A.E. Perry elementary, Marion Schilling elementary and Beattie elementary. For school expansions, the district has requested funding for an addition to Brocklehurst middle school. As for the timeline for new schools and replacement schools to be constructed, the fulfillment of these projects is not likely to happen soon. Earlier, following the release of

• Zone 4: Upper Sahali (south and east of Summit Drive from Pineridge Estates to Highway 5A); • Zone 5: Juniper West (Qu’Appelle Boulevard and Galore Crescent area) and sections of Valleyview west of Highland Road (Valleyview Drive and Glenwood Rive, Orchard Drive).

the district’s long-range facilities plan in April, McDonald commented that it is unlikely for the ministry to approve one new project per year. Using the example of Juniper West, McDonald said that school might not be built for another 10 years. To deal with issues of overcrowding, the district recently completed consultations on catchment changes and approved new boundaries for a number of schools in the city, including the reopening of Ralph Bell elementary in Valleyview, which will take on students from Juniper Ridge elementary and Marion Schilling elementary in September 2022.

Residents who live in areas selected will not have to pay any additional costs for the city’s curbside collection during the pilot project. Organics carts and kitchen bins will be delivered to homes on weekdays from late August to mid-September.

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The provincial government has eased restrictions around visitation in long-term care homes and assisted living and implemented new protections for residents, including requiring workers to be fully vaccinated or regularly tested while wearing masks. Beginning July 19, those visiting residents at long-term care homes will no longer have to schedule their visit in advance and the limit on the number of visitors will be removed. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the past 18 months have been “dramatic” for everyone, but no one has been more affected than those living in long-term care facilities. She noted that those in long-term care were the first to suffer from severe illness

and that the first deaths in the province were in long-term care homes in Vancouver. “That was a harbinger of the heartbreak that was to come,” she said during a joint press conference on July 8 with Health Minister Adrian Dix. Visits to long-term care homes were restricted early in the pandemic, only eased some earlier this year, on April 1, when visits were once again allowed. Henry said that change was made due to the success of the province’s vaccination campaign and the efficacy of the vaccines. Visitors will still need to be screened for infectious disease symptoms upon arrival and will need to sign in, which will aid in contact tracing should cases emerge. Visitors will also need to provide proof of protection from both doses of vaccine, meaning at least two weeks following a second dose.

Those who aren’t fully vaccinated or refuse to provide proof will need to continue to adhere to infection-control measures, including masks, Henry said. Masks will not be required for fully vaccinated visitors, except in common areas of the facility. Changes for workers are also being implemented to protect residents. Henry said she will issue a public health order to collect information on residents, staff and volunteers at all long-term care and assisted living facilities in the province, including their personal health number, and will be assessing the level of vaccination at each facility, focusing vaccination efforts on facilities where vaccination rates are low. Workers who are not fully vaccinated are also subject to new guidelines and must continue to wear masks during their work.

They will also be tested three times per week using rapid testing. For volunteers and personal service providers, they must be fully vaccinated in order to continue their work inside the facility. Henry also said the ministry of health is working with health authorities and unions to establish pools of fully vaccinated workers who will be able to move between multiple facilities — a practice that was halted early on in the pandemic. As of Monday, 78.8 per cent (3,652,759) of eligible people ages 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 44.6 per cent (2,068,450) have received their second dose. In addition, 79.9 per cent (3,455,472) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 47.7 per cent (2,064,190) have received their second dose.

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The Loop Community Resource Centre, a homeless drop-in centre located on Tranquille Road in North Kamloops, is cutting services as a result of funding shortfalls. Glenn Hilke said almost 20 applicants applied for $670,000 in available Reaching Home federal funds, which flow through the city. The group behind the Loop, the

Lived Experience Community Life and Peer Skills Program, applied for $188,000 in funding and says it has received $38,000. Hilke said the group hoped with the money to continue daily service into the evening, with three meals per day. That schedule was piloted in the last two months. However, he said that without the funding, the Loop will be forced to close earlier (from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and to 2 p.m. on

weekends, from 7 p.m.). Hilke said closing earlier means fewer opportunities to spend with people on the streets to try and assist them to get into shelter. Hilke said as the day wears on, people wear down, meaning there is typically greater opportunity to help get people into shelter later at night. Hilke questioned the application review process and said the group is currently working to seek out bridge funding. Meanwhile, Hilke said he

thinks The Loop has become a “punching bag” on social media and throughout the city but is only a small piece of the landscape of social services. He is asking for creative problem solving. “Our staff and volunteers are extraordinary people and to get blamed for the fact that there is an opioid overdose crisis throughout the province and here in Kamloops, that there is a housing crisis, that there is a mental health crisis,” he said. “I mean, Jesus — it would

be a hell of a lot worse if people didn’t have this service.” The city previously designated the property that houses The Loop a nuisance property. City of Kamloops social and community development supervisor Ty Helgason said the city had received funding recommendations from the community advisory board and it is conducting due diligence, evaluating agencies that have been recommended for funding.

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Dozens of pets found in Lytton tion lines in Lytton on July 8. The agency was granted access to the area between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to search for animals in the area following the devastating fire of June 30 that destroyed much of the Fraser Canyon village. Working from lists provided by residents to the BC SPCA Helpline, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Lytton First Nations, SPCA officers found and brought to safety 12 cats,

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Working from lists provided by residents to the BC SPCA Helpline, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Lytton First Nations, SPCA officers found and brought to safety a large number of pets and farm animals displaced due to fire. BC SPCA animal protection officers were able to rescue 41 animals from 27 different properties behind fire evacua-

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said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA. “We are here to support the residents of Lytton and their animals however we can.” The rescue efforts were carried out by 10 SPCA animal protection officers and two shelter staff, with additional staff and volunteers on hand to care for incoming animals. Call 250-376-7722 for information on the animals.

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t amazes me the number of people in my neighbourhood who still put their garbage out the night before collection day. Even in Juniper Ridge, where bears sometimes seem as common as prowling domestic cats, people put out their trash and let it sit all night, allowing it to work its powerful bruin magic. It makes me shake my head every time I see it. I’m tempted to put my Jeep’s bumper against those night-time garbage cans and spread the contents all over the person’s lawn. Of course, that’s just what bears do anyway, so what’s the point? It’s not just Juniper, of course. There are many other bear hot spots in Kamloops — Sahali, Aberdeen, Dufferin and Westsyde, to name a few — where it seems small numbers of people have the same bad habit. In a city like Kamloops, where bears invade our neighbourhoods in decent numbers at least half the year and authorities work continually to educate people about garbage and bears, it must mean those people who lug their trash out in the evening before just don’t care. Fine, so you don’t like bears much and don’t care if they will be trapped and shot. Consider your neighbours, then. Every time you put your garbage out the night before, you create a problem for everybody else. Unfortunately, bears don’t just target the houses where people leave their garbage outside at night. A bear that becomes habituated to garbage wants it more than natural foods.

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NARRATIVE It tastes good, all that old bacon fat and chicken bones. Shrivelled Saskatoon berries pale in comparison. Garbage makes bears lose that natural fear they have of humans and the places we live. In fact, bears seek out human smells to find the good stuff once they develop the taste. As a result, bears that once skulked unseen in the night shadows start cruising neighbourhoods in the day and walk up on decks or push open garage doors. Don’t believe that? There are scores of stories from across B.C. over the years of bears that decided humans and the places where they live made for easy pickings. Here’s one of the most memorable. Several years ago, a trio of bears in Scotch Creek — a mother and two cubs — learned that deep freezers equal food. A woman came home in the late afternoon to find the three bears inside her house. One of the little ones was sitting inside the freezer, gorging on frozen cake. Don’t think you can ignore the Bear Aware message because we are in the heat of summer.

Robert Koopman’s oldest daughter snapped this shot of a bear ambling by her home with dinner, in the form of a garbage bag, firmly clenched between its teeth.

Spring and fall might be the big bear seasons, but there are still many bears lingering around. I have a game camera on my back deck that shows regular visits from bruins. A friend of mine who lives a few blocks away says a big bear visits his backyard pond almost every night to cool down. Not long ago, my oldest daughter caught a video of a bear walking by our house with a bag of garbage in its mouth. She was sitting on the street in her car talking with a friend when the big animal sauntered by. Bears are still around, even in the summer, and they are always hungry. Yeah, but the conservation officers will take care of it, some stubborn homeowners might say. Really? Are you sure about that? For the most part, conservation officers only respond to cases in which bears have damaged property or threatened people.

That bear sitting in your yard pulling apart black Glad bags may not rate a Code Red response. That’s not the point, anyway. People need to take responsibility for their actions. We need to learn to live with big predators in a way that’s fitting for all. We shouldn’t need conservation officers to clean up problems of our making. Killing bears because they eat garbage doesn’t do anyone any good. Let’s allow the conservation service to spend time doing other more important things, like tracking down poachers on our lakes or in the bush. Every nuisance bear call an officer must deal with is one less morning they can spend on other activities. B.C.’s Wildlife Act was amended years ago to make it an offence to attract dangerous wildlife. As well, the City of Kamloops

long ago passed a bylaw prohibiting homeowners from putting out the trash until the morning of garbage day from May 1 to Nov. 30. The fact people continue to put their trash out the night before means no one is being charged. Perhaps that needs to change. Maybe it’s time for someone to get a ticket if only to make the point that losing a few minutes of sleep on garbage day is a smaller price to pay for people and bears.

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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Philanthropist tops up awards for TRU students KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK

Back in the day, when Thompson Rivers University was known as Cariboo College, Ken Lepin donated a C-note to the school. “I probably gave one of the first donations to this university when they started. It was $100, they remind me,” he told KTW. “That was a lot of money. I’ve sort of increased that over the years.”

Indeed he has. In the intervening years, Ken has donated $3.98 million to TRU and recently added $275,000 to increase all of his awards by 10 per cent to account for post-pandemic inflation. Ken has 17 student awards at TRU that are funded by his endowments, including a new award for software engineering. The 82-year-old also has awards in science, nursing, trades, business, law, education, animal

health technology, culinary arts, tourism management, respiratory therapy and graduate studies. Ken started out as a chartered accountant, then entered the sand and gravel business with a client, Ron Bregoliss. From there, Ken became a landlord of multiple rental properties and has done well enough to donate substantial amounts to the various causes. Through the years, he’s built, owned and sold dozens of properties, starting with the Pemberton

Terrace 47-suite building in 1971 and ending with the Hillside Plaza shopping centre in 1995. At one point, Ken noted, he was informed he was Kamloops’ second-largest taxpayer, behind Weyerhaeuser, which owned and operated a pulp mill (now owned by Domtar) and saw mill. “What it was, was playing Monopoly with real money,” he said. “I used to play a lot of it as a kid and I was pretty good at it. I’m not too bad with this, either.”

Ken and wife Maureen choose to where the money is allocated. The larger donations began in 2008 with a focus on trades programs. Nursing awards followed — and with good reason, since Maureen graduated from the school’s nursing program in 1976. A daughter also studied nursing at TRU. What thrills the Lepins is the opportunity to meet with students who benefit from the awards. See AWARDS, A24

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“They’re such fun to talk to,” Maureen said. “A rattlesnake researcher down by Osoyoos. We just get into these conversations that are so interesting.” Added Ken: “It restores your faith in the coming generation like you wouldn’t believe. Holy smokes. I don’t remember kids in my class who were that smart and that hardworking.” Maureen pointed to a student who used an award to help her graduate from TRU about a decade ago. Since then, the student worked on the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator near Geneva and today has a doctorate and is teaching at Sorbonne University in Paris. She stays in touch with Maureen and Ken. “And that’s a story that people in

Kamloops don’t know,” Ken said. “A lot of Kamloopsians still think this is sort of a hick town. Kelowna, they know they’re the world’s best, but I think people here should know the students here are damn good. “My awards, I don’t think, are not dependent on how much money you have in the bank,” Ken said. “You just gotta be bloody good.” Maureen noted the majority of the recipients now are women, a reversal of the ratio when he first started the donations. In addition to about $4 million in donations to TRU, Ken has donated to Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops Hospice Association, BC Wildlife Park, Salvation Army and Kamloops Art Gallery, among other groups. Ken said part of the reason he publicly donates is to encourage others with means to do likewise.

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CREATING ART

Unsung is one of many creations Sandra Pasmen has produced by using charred wood and ashes from the July 1 wildfire that threatened homes between Juniper Ridge and Valleyview. Many more can be seen (and bid on) by visiting Pasmen’s Facebook page. All money raised is going to wildfire evacuees and the Kamloops Fire Fighters charity.

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As local artist Sandra Pasmen listened to her friends tell their stories from the night of the recent fire that threatened Juniper Ridge and Valleyview. She said it was their eyes that spoke more than words ever could. Each shared stories of the night that saw the fire between Juniper Ridge and Valleyview spread quickly, threatening homes above and below it, forcing the evacuations of residents in Juniper and Valleyview on July 1. Their stories gave rise to an idea in Pasmen’s artist’s mind — to create art from the ash and charcoal remains of a oncevibrant forested landscape and donate money raised from sales to wildfire evacuees and Kamloops Fire Fighters charity. When recent thunderstorms rolled into the city, Pasmen couldn’t sleep. She picked up her smartphone and

messaged a friend at 3 a.m., requesting she ask her husband (who works as a city firefighter) if he might be able to safely collect some of the recently charred wood and ash from the Juniper wildfire. The firefighter was able to oblige Pasmen’s request, collecting Mother Nature’s materials. Pasmen began doodling right away, learning to use the new medium. Within days, she had mastered the new sketching technique, using the charred wood from the burnt trees. The art is a stunning portrayal of the localized fire that threatened so many homes in the Valleyview and Juniper Ridge neighbourhoods. Through her Facebook page, Pasmen has been posting each day’s new charcoal print, taken fresh from her sketch book. The response has been strong, with many people living along Nechako Drive in Juniper Ridge showing an interest in bidding and obtaining sketches created from the very fire that forced them from their homes. Bids go live once the post is on her

Facebook page and close at 8 p.m. that same day. “The last person standing gets it,” Sandra Pasmen said. If somebody wants a print, but feels they can’t afford to bid, they can message Pasmen on Facebook and she will make sure to provide a print at an affordable price. She feels art should be accessible to everyone. “I am blessed and honoured for the $250

bid, but I want to make to make art accessible to everyone,” Pasmen said, “So do not hesitate to contact me separately and I will do a sketch of a tree for $40. A steady donation is fine with me. I don’t mind doing it.” Pasmen said she will continue producing the charcoal art pieces throughout the current fire season. As of Monday, Pasmen’s art had raised $1,650 and she will be drawing live in Juniper Park on Sunday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Gary Hill knew someone in Kamloops had won the lottery when he checked his ticket on Wednesday, June 23. But when his numbers — memorized digits of 7-11-22-28-33-44-49 — matched the winning combination, he cussed and felt his legs turn to “spaghetti.” “I looked at the ticket and I looked at the numbers and I fell on the bed,” Hill, 61, told reporters during a July 7 press event at BCLC headquarters in Kamloops. The formerly semi-retired and now fully retired Kamloops trucker — who at one time owned his own company, but had been ploughing roads during winters of late — said he continued to remain in shock two weeks later, as he became B.C.’s newest multi-millionaire. Hill was handed a cheque for $35 million. He had been playing the same

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has changed dramatically,” BCLC interim president and CEO Lynda Cavanaugh said. Hill purchased his winning ticket from McGoo’s Smokes N Stuff in Northills Centre in Kamloops. It wasn’t Hill’s usual place to buy tickets as he normally purchases them at gas stations. In fact, Hill noted, he stopped his weekly letter ticket purchase just a few weeks before the big win because of never winning. But he had what he called an “intuition” in advance of the monster Lotto Max jackpot of June 22. He pointed to a full moon and dragonflies — often seen as a symbol of transformation or change — as signs of good luck leading to the win. He told his mother right away, but largely kept his big win a secret from others until Wednesday. Hill said it will take some time to figure out what he will do with all of that money, but he plans to travel in the future. One thing is

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Canada first had a Loonie, then came the Toonie. A regional politician looking to succeed Cathy McLeod as the area’s next MP has a novel idea to replace the $5 bill with a coin featuring First Nations symbolism. The name of the new proposed coin, however, may need a little work: the Foonie? “I have no idea,” Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer told KTW when asked what his proposed $5 coin would be called. “That’s totally up to the people. I’d love for everybody to run with it.” Stamer, one of four people seeking the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Conservative nomination in the next federal election, said his idea for a coin to replace the $5 bill came as a way to recognize First Nations. “None of our money truly is specific for our indigenous peoples, not one,” Stamer said. “And I thought, why not have something like that because it’s going to be around for a long time?”

As for those who would prefer Prime Minister Laurier remain on the $5 bill? “Well, if it’s such a big deal, you could have a bill where you have four or five prime ministers on it, for crying out loud,” Stamer said. “I’m not one for cancel culture, but just because his face is on it today doesn’t mean it has to be on there tomorrow.”

Stamer had made a prototype drawing (seen above) depicting what the proposed $5 coin could look like. The design includes a fish and a hole in the middle in the shape of a maple leaf. Animals are commonplace on Canadian coins and Stamer noted fish are symbolic to First Nations peoples. He said older money had holes in the middle, used by people to string coins around their necks and keep it safe. In addition, he said the hole would be a metaphor because looking through the coin could represent looking to the future. Every time one went into their pocket to pay for something, Stamer said, the coin would provide a reminder. “There’s one person who said, ‘Oh, it’s tokenism,’” he said. “No, it’s not because what it does is, it starts the conversation and it reminds you of something … whether it’s what we’re talking about right now with residential schools and so many people not truly understanding what happened. “ I graduated 40 years ago. We didn’t get taught really what went on in residential schools and the socio-economic

impacts that occurred there for the people.” Stamer said he does not know if the Royal Mint is considering a $5 coin in place of polymer bills currently in circulation. However, he said if there is support for such an initiative, he doesn’t see why it wouldn’t come to fruition. If he manages to win the Conservative nomination and be elected as MP, Stamer said he will take the $5 coin idea to Ottawa through a private member’s bill. In addition to honouring First Nations, Stamer pointed out that a $5 coin would be less expensive in the long run as it will outlast even the most modern polymer bank notes now in circulation. MONEY MATTERS • The loonie replaced the Canadian dollar bill in 1987. The loonie has 11 sides, weighs 6.27 grams and is 1.95 millimetres in thickness. • The toonie replaced the Canadian $2 bill in 1996. The round coin weighs 7.3 grams and is 1.8 millimetres in thickness.

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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OVID-19 restrictions put an end to live music, dance and theatre for months, with no certain end date in sight. So what’s a performing arts organization to do? If you’re Project X Theatre Productions, you use all that creativity to start something new! Best known for their annual family-friendly summer shows -known as X Fest -- in Prince Charles Park, Project X has been producing innovative, audacious live theatre in Kamloops, exploring non-traditional venues and forms, since 2004. With X Fest on hiatus last year due to the pandemic, the board and staff reflected on the organization’s impact

on the community and goals as an organization. With a renewed focus on supporting the creation of art by and for Kamloopsians, they launched a new play development program, New Shoots. Through New Shoots, an emerging artist writes a new play for family audiences with an artist fee and dramaturgical support from Project X. The organization had an overwhelming amount of interest in the program from potential playwrights all over the province. A talented local playwright, improviser, and theatre artist, Dan Ondang, was selected as the first New Shoots playwright. Dan has spent the past year developing an adaptation of

“I love the performance outside. Prince Charles [Park] is a wonderful location. The quality of the performances are top notch, but they still feel personable, and accessible to a wide range of audiences.” – A happy audience member the Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient tale from Mesopotamia! Several local actors have participated in workshops of the show, and Project X plans to do a public reading of the piece this summer. Luckily, restrictions have eased, and Project X will be back with another live

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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family-friendly production this August! Join Poor Goat, Rich Goat, and a terrifying, goat-eating Troll in a rockn-roll parable about what happens when the grass really is greener on the other side. Inspired by the tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, you won’t want to miss this story of friendship, sharing, and individuality. Tickets to the show, which is directed by Tracey Power and features an all-local cast and creative team, are on sale now! Let’s Keep Kamloops creative. Purchase a ticket to see this summer’s COVID-safe, family-friendly live show GRUFF! (Aug. 3-21 in Prince Charles Park), buy a raffle ticket, or donate at www.projectxtheatre.ca

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Explaining Step 6 of the 12-step program

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e’ve been through a lot lately. Forest fires, evacuations and residential school deaths. Extreme heat, climate change, opiate overdoses and death. Ice storms, floods, horrific bus crashes, train explosions/derailments and more death. COVID-19, isolation, conspiracy theories, political turmoil, me-too revelations, sex scandals and death. George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement, racism/hatred, a call to defund the police, increasing homelessness/street crime and entire towns burning down. It is a list of destruction, death and despair.

ASK AN ADDICT Ask an Addict is a column penned by Helena Paivinen, a Kamloops scholar with expertise in addiction issues and someone who is also an addict. The column is meant to inform and help, which is particularly important as we remain mired in an opioid crisis that continues to claim thousands of lives each year. If you have a question you would like answered, email it to editor@ kamloopsthisweek.com. Anonymity is guaranteed. The world could use a little hope right now. With so much happening, it is difficult to write exclusively about the steps, yet it is exactly these that help keep me sane. The steps provide hope

by allowing me to find something bigger, better and more powerful out there. Step 6 reads (we) “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” This step requires that I

become mentally prepared to have an unreserved willingness to let go of destructive behaviours and thoughts. Step 6 does not mean character defects will disappear, but rather that I recognize this as a lifelong process of conscious self-review. Some people may find it difficult to let their defects go. For example, if a friend asks what we think about their hair after receiving a horrific cut, we might choose a white lie and say it looks good. Or we might choose to be brutally honest and say it looks horrible. The program suggests rigorous honesty, however (this is where it gets tricky about being willing to let go absolutely), we may consciously decide to keep (and

use) our character defect of manipulation and deflection by saying to our friend, “It’s a totally new look for yo. How do you like it?” Perfection is impossible, but consciousness is key. The program suggests spiritual progress, not spiritual perfection. I want to be aware of when I am congruent with my spiritual values and beliefs. In this hair example, I may consciously decide to place my value of not being hurtful to others above my value of being brutally honest in all my affairs. When I fall short, I take time to review my thoughts and behaviour. I try to unearth what instinct drove me (most often it’s fear). I reflect, meditate and speak to my sponsor (or a

trusted person) and when I am wrong (and when it does not injure another), I make my amends (Step 9). Step 6 requires committing myself to an ongoing process of constant review. I become willing to become aware of when I have erred or steered off a right living path. With time, I learn to check myself before I unconsciously react. It is usually the unconscious that causes the most trouble for me. My unconsciousness often leads to knee-jerk reactions, which then only cause more confusion and anger about where I got it so wrong. All Ask An Addict columns can be read online at kamloopsthisweek.com by searching “Ask An Addict.”

MEMORIES & MILESTONES MEMORIES & MILESTONES Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary

Roz and Jim Butterfield

Celebrate The Big Day

July 17th

Love Family and Friends Nick and Tina Kulchyski along with Mike and Tracy Moonie are very excited to announce the engagement of our children:

Meagan Nicole Kulchyski to Devon Brandon Moonie both of Kamloops.

Wedding to take place in 2022. What a journey! We’re so happy for you both!

For details or to place your announcement in next Friday’s paper call 250-374-7467

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2021 KTW COMMUNITY LEADER AWARDS at a special lunch at the Delta Hotel by Marriott on Wednesday, June 30.

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Kristay Faraday accepts the Mentor Award from Kamloops This Week's Ray Joliceour.

Neil Rachynski accepts the Courage Award from Tara Johnson of Johnson Walsh Plumbing and Heating.

VOLUNTEER Nikki Lussier accepts the Volunteer Award from Kamloops This Week’s Ray Joliceour.

YOUTH VOLUNTEER

Amanda McGillivray accepts the Youth Volunteer Award from Kamloops This Week’s Ray Jolicoeur.

COMMUNITY BUILDER

Korah De Walt-Gagnon accepts the Community Builder Award from Kamloops This Week’s Ray Joliceour.

ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER Dan Groess accepts the Environmental Leader award from Peter Aylen of Absorbent Products.

FRESH IMPACT AWARD

Nic Zdunich accepts the Fresh Impact Award from Jim Anderson of Venture Kamloops.

COACH Brad Yamaoka accepts the Coach Award from Kamloops This Week’s Ray Joliceour.

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THE AWARD-WINNING PROJECT RETURNS!

Last year, Kamloops showed just what a kind community it was in Kindloops - a special project produced by Kamloops This Week and presented by Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. We asked for your submissions of random acts of kindness, published them weekly This project was recognized as the winner of the Ma Murray Community Service Award by the BC and Yukon Community NewsMedia Association earlier this month. That’s a testament to our community as a whole pulling together to help each other through the most challenging time of our generation. While we are beginning to emerge from the global crisis caused by COVID-19, we continue to suffer the effects that prolonged isolation from others, economic uncertainty and fear bring. We need to keep being reminded what a kind place we can be - and need to be.

So we’re bringing it back. All you have to do to participate is give the name of a local individual who’s done something kind for someone else in Kamloops. We’re going to publish those submissions in Kamloops This Week every week for the next 5 weeks, and pick one random submission each week. The person who performed that act of kindness and the person who nominated them will each get a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant. On July 28, we’re going to put all the entries together into a special commemorative edition, celebrating all the acts of kindness that have been nominated, and pick one random entry. The person who performed that act and the person who nominated them will each win a prize of $500 worth of gift certificates to local restaurants!

Celebrate kindness with us in Kamloops with Kindloops.

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Go to www.kindloops.com OR Enter via social media - put your nomination in Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and just tag Kamloops This Week (@kamthisweek) and include the hashtag #kindloops in your post

Your Kindloops stories: CORREEN GENSHOREK

My son Alex and I were driving up Columbia Street when we saw a elderly gentleman on the sidewalk trying to pull hid scooter up the hill. It was obvious he was really struggling. Sadley, some people walked right passed with what seemed like they simply didn’t see him. My Son said “Mom turn around” so thats what I did. Alex jumped out and asked if he could help. This poor old guy was so grateful and thanked immediately. He was out of breath so Alex suggested he sit on his scooter while he pushed it up the hill for him. It was quite a ways before we reached a point where it was flat and the gentleman could actually use the last of the battery power to get him to Superstore and some shelter. He thanked Alex very much and was on his way. My Son jumped into the jeep exhausted but happy to have been able to lend a hand. I was just so proud of the kind & compassionate man I had raised. #kindnessisking

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MARK NELSON:

I live at the Hillside Walk apartment complex located beside the Juniper fires. The night of the fire, the tenants were quite panicked and nobody seemed to know if we were to stay or leave. Next thing I know, the building manager Kevin is on site talking to everyone and providing some calm direction. He advised us to have a bag packed but that there is no need to leave, unless we want to, and that tenants would be informed quickly if there was any change. He stayed on site until about 1am talking to the returning tenants after the nearby evacuation was lifted. He was all over the property, walking in the rain, going from person-toperson. I later learned that he lives in Sun Rivers, which also had a fire at the same time, yet he chose to be with us instead of worrying about himself. He could have just stayed home and protected his own property but instead he came out to ensure his tenants were taking care of. I think that kindness deserves mention.


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A primer about angels among us in all ages

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n an age of skepticism and aversion to the supernatural, angels are big players and much in demand in many obituary notices. They are on bestseller lists, on prime-time TV and even in the outfield. Angels have become a hot item. And why not? Our postmodern culture has shrugged off the arrogant assumption that humanity represents the top of the chain of being, that there is nothing greater than ourselves. We seem to be opening our minds again to the possibility of the supernatural. But a cultural fad is not enough to foster belief. Aren’t we justified in dismissing angels outright? No. Those who dismiss the possibility of the existence of the angels, the most ardent materialists, do so because they believe that giving existence to anything non-material is a contradiction of terms, much like a square circle. But, while the concept of a square circle is a contradiction of terms and unimaginable, angels are not unimaginable. And, while that does not prove their existence, it does not allow us to dismiss them outright as impossible. In art, they have been depicted as buff warriors of the stratosphere and as chubby little babies with dove wings. Poets have given them features both glorious and grotesque. Over time, many have taken these artistic visions literally, leading to many misunderstandings about angelic nature, rather than understanding the artist’s figurative representation of something unseen. Angels have been painted with bodies beautiful and corrupt to reflect the moral quality of different spirits. They have been given wings to depict their role as messenger (“angel” literally means messenger). A glow is often added to depict their spiritual quality. An artist often works to make a concrete representation of the abstract, but the artist does not expect us to mistake the representation for the thing represented. Angels are purely spiritual

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beings, essentially minds without bodies. The concept of angels was first introduced in the Old Testament and, later, in the New Testament. In the book of Genesis, God is credited with creating the earth (or corporeal objects) and the heavens (things purely spiritual) with the creation of the angels occurring before the creation of man and woman. So, what about all the cool, Twilight Zone parts of the Bible, with people seeing wheels within wheels, angels with six wings and creatures with four faces? Some of the angelic visions in the Old Testament are just that — visions. Daniel is visited by an angel in the form of a man, but with a body made of crystal and arms and legs of bronze. His face was like lightning and his eyes were like shining torches. But Daniel is very clear that this was a vision of revelation sent to him by God. The angel is still acting as a messenger, but not physically present. At other times, angels are physically present. When three angels came to tell Abraham he was to father a son in his old age, the angels talked openly with him, ate a meal he prepared and were seen by others. The same is true of the angels that led Lot out of Sodom and Gomorrah. It would seem that an angel can assume a body, human and otherwise, when the need arises. But these bodily manifestations are temporary. The angel returns to its invisible nature. An angel is finite. Its attention and its power can only be focused on one point at a time. Only God has an infinite scope,

taking in all creation instantly and being able to act everywhere at once. Then there is the famous question of medieval theologians everywhere: “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” In fact, this was not an allencompassing medieval debate. They had better things to talk about and knew angels had better things to do with their time than hold square dances. The question’s real origin is modern. It was invented by contemporary detractors of religious faith. There are two questions that angels help us to explore. The first is about our own nature. There appears to be four stair steps in the chain of being: • humans or physical beings with spirit; • angels or finite spiritual beings; • and God, the infinite spiritual being. Since we are a mixture of two natures, we can learn something about ourselves by looking at the animals below us and the angels above us. The second question deals with death. If the material universe is all there is, then death really is an end for each one of us and all that we are is wasted. Sure, we may try to comfort ourselves with the assurance that we will live on in the memory of others, but that hardly compensates for the loss of our existence as a conscious person. Most of us wouldn’t trade identity for a handful of eightby-ten glossies. While our desire to maintain some significance beyond the grave is not enough to prove the existence of the supernatural, it should be enough to make us want to explore the possibility. Thus the interest in angels in all ages. Narayan Mitra is a volunteer chaplain at Thompson Rivers University. His email address is ryanmitra225@gmail.com. KTW welcomes submissions to its Faith page. Columns should be between 600 and 800 words in length and can be emailed to editor@ kamloopsthisweek.com. Please include a very short bio and a photo.

Annual General Meeting Canadian Mental Health Association, Kamloops Branch will be holding their AGM on August 11, 2021 at 5:00 pm via ZOOM. For more info go to www.kamloops.cmha.bc.ca

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LEGEND AT WORK

Kamloops resident Kaye Kaminishi, a 99-year-old third baseman and the last surviving member of the famed Asahi baseball team, threw out the first pitch on Friday night at Norbrock Stadium as the 2021 Kamloops Senior Men’s Baseball League season began. The Asahi first took the field in 1914, a club that was the team if you were a member of the Japanese-Canadian community in Vancouver. The Asahi developed a unique style of play to compete against bigger, more powerful teams. Dubbed “brain ball,” it involved bunts, base stealing and squeeze plays to score runs — and wins. However, when Canada declared war on Japan in December of 1941, the Asahi was disbanded as its players were scattered to internment camps all over the province. Kaminishi ended up in Lillooet and later settled in Kamloops. In recent years, his celebrity has been reported on by Kamloops This Week and other media locally and across the province. In the spring of 2019, Kaminishi helped Canada Post unveil a stamp honouring the team. ALLEN DOUGLAS/KTW

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Burnham catches questions from KTW Star B.C. Lions’ receiver Bryan Burnham hopped onto a Zoom call with KTW editor Christopher Foulds and reporter Marty Hastings to talk about training camp, which is underway in Kamloops, and a variety of other topics. The transcript, which has been edited for length, is below. Catch the video version of the interview on Wednesday, July 14, on Episode 8 of KTW’s online YouTube show, Kamloops Last Week. KTW: What’s it like to be back in Kamloops for training camp and how has it been dealing with the smoke? BB: Oh, man. It was really cool driving back up here, ALLEN DOUGLAS/KTW but yeah, it was kind of eerie because you’re just B.C. Lions’ receiver Bryan Burnham prepares to snag the pigskin on Monday at Hillside Stadium during a training camp session. He sits 10th all-time in Lions’ receiving yards. driving through smoke.

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It’s pretty bad out there. I guess this isn’t new for people in Kamloops, but I’m used to being here in May and early June. In July, it’s definitely a little different, but it’s great to be back. KTW: Are you noticing any effects after two days of practice? BB: It hasn’t been too bad. Last night, we practised later. We started at 7 p.m. Once the sun started to go down, it cooled off and we didn’t really notice the smoke too much. KTW: This is your first real taste of life under head coach Rick Campbell. Last time out, DeVone Claybrooks was running the show. What are the main differences you’re noticing in their styles of running camp? BB: It’s a little bit differ-

ent. Rick is a guy who wants things run really fast and really smooth, but he’s not going to run you into the ground. He’s going to give you breaks and let your legs rest and things like that. Claybrooks was a good guy, but there was a lot of extra stuff — conditioning, running after practice, all that good stuff. Campbell is more of a guy [who says] that should be done during practise as you’re running your plays, and then when you’re done, you’re done and it’s been good so far. KTW: That’s interesting because I think the outside perception is it was the other way around, that things might be a little more relaxed around DeVone. See BURNHAM, A38


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based on all my experience playing hockey and having different coaches.” Chyzowski had stops with Delta Hockey Academy, as head coach of the under-18 girls’ prep team, and with the Vancouver Giants, as an assistant coach with the WHL team. “Unfortunately, everything came to a shut down when this rancid pandemic came and brought everything to a halt,” Chyzowski said. He kept his wheels rolling by joining Kamloops Ford Lincoln in a sales position, but the coaching bug itched away and Chyzowski jumped at the opportunity to apply for the opening in Merritt. “I’m a big believer in how you can push different buttons,” Chyzowski said. “Some kids need a pat on the back and some kids need a kick in the ass. “I have a pretty good ability to be able to notice what’s

His eldest son, Nick, toiled for the Blazers for five seasons and captained the team during his graduating campaign in 2017-2018. His youngest son, Ryan, played five years for the Medicine Hat Tigers and was captain in his graduating season in 2020-2021. “As a hockey player, you miss a lot of stuff with your kids growing up,” Chyzowski said. “I didn’t get to watch my kids play hockey and do the first things — walk and school plays, like normal parents do. “When I got to watch him [Nick] play for the Blazers for five years, I loved it. It was almost like I got to make up for lost time. When he left, I had this empty feeling coming into the rink every day and not being able to see him. “As goofy as it sounds, it was really hard and I felt like I was missing out on giving kids a chance to learn something

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year. I really want to bring in a mixture of some heavy defencemen that are hard to play against and give the young, smaller forwards the ability and courage to play to their potential — and I want to make sure our rink is the hardest building to play in in the league.” Chyzowski was asked about his coaching goals. “I’m not looking at anything long-term other than trying to help Merritt build back up and be a professional, classy, well-respected organization again,” Chyzowski said. “I don’t have any aspirations right now of going to coach at different levels. Maybe that will happen one day. I don’t know. But I love the idea of helping kids develop and achieve goals scholastically and from an athletic standpoint. “It’s like watching your own kids have success in their lives.”

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helped you with the mental aspect of the game? BB: When I got hurt in college. I hurt my knee and it was my senior year and I didn’t know what direction I was going to go, and if I was going to play football any more. That’s something he really helped me through, just staying ready and being prepared for the opportunity when it presents itself. It took almost two years for it to present itself, but he always really

KTW: You went to the University of Tulsa and you’re a history major. Before the protests and the George Floyd death and how that brought things to light, did you know about the Tulsa Massacre? And what kind of memorials are there in Tulsa? BB: My wife and I bought a house [in Tulsa] a couple months ago. I learned about the Tulsa race riots right when I got to Tulsa and started taking history classes there. It was a rough history and I think something they tried to bury and forget about. It

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South Thompson Valley

28-712 Shuswap Road East $339,900

• Truly a turn key home. Brand new 2021 - NO GST! • Low maintenance yard, fully fenced & incl. garden shed • 10 foot ceiling vault • Quartz counters throughout and upgraded 5 burner gas range

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BOB GIESELMAN 250.851.6387 South Kamloops

306 – 510 Lorne Street $489,900

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681 Wittner Rd • $1,469,000

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63 Thor Drive • $1,350,000

• Executive custom home • Views and amazing private yard • Extensive updating – granite kitchen • Easy suite potential • Unique features throughout – must see to appreciate!

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232 Sagewood Drive • $749,900

RIVERFRONT

Westmount

• Riverfront with ultimate privacy • Quiet cul de sac • Immaculate home • Easy Suite Potential • Double Car garage and lots of parking

Lower Sahali

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LISA RUSSELL 250.377.1801

728 Driftwood Place $749,900

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Sun Rivers

• 8,794 sq ft lot tiered with entertaining space including hot tub • Walkout legal suite 1 bed & 1 bath with separate entry and laundry • Recent updates throughout • Black s/s appliances in kitchen, gas range and quartz counters

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1215 Canyon Ridge Place • 1,249,000

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1826 Ironwood Cres $995,000

• Have you been dreaming of LAKE living? • Nature lovers paradise • West Coast home with full suite • Private lake front dock

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• Shows like new • Totally private end unit • Three outdoor patio areas • Triple garage for all the toys

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Paul Lake

2245 Paul Lake Road $945,000

703 Belmonte Terrace $689,900

• Top floor corner unit • River and Mountain view • Updated stainless steel appliances • Spacious covered deck

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MIKE GRANT 250.574.6453

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NEARING COMPLETION!

Dufferin

1216 Prairie Rose Dr $1,399,000

• Dream kitchen with high-end Fisher Paykel appliances included • Master ensuite with soaker tub & steam shower! • Fully finished walkout basement • Under Construction – Nearing Completion

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2039 Priest Ave • $399,900

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1987 Monteith Drive • $719,000

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SUN PEAKS

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

13-3320 Village Place - 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

20-250 Pemberton Terrace - 3 bedroom 2 bathroom townhome centrally located in Lower Sahali. Well maintained with a formal living and dining area plus a lower level family room currently used as the primary bedroom. The kitchen is quaint with easy access to the dining area. This unit is one of the largest in the complex with a fenced patio ideal for summer barbeques. Some additional features are a fireplace in the living area, appliances,and central air. Rentals are limited and pets allowed with strata approval. QUICK POSSESSION POSSIBLE. $398,800

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

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. $559,800

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

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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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

Call today for your

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60-3099 SHUSWAP ROAD E $324,900 • MLS®162473

104-1160 HUGH ALLAN DRIVE $299,900 • MLS®163018

305-629 LANSDOWNE ST $299,900 • MLS®162730 • Immaculate 2 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment in Riviera Gardens • Pets are allowed with strata permission • Great central downtown location

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North Kamloops

North Aberdeen

303-550 LORNE STREET $399,900 • MLS®162128

479 LINDEN AVENUE $425,000 • MLS®163050

6-2020 VAN HORNE DRIVE $549,900 • MLS®162283

• Centrally located 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo/apartment in Pioneer Landing with over 1400 sq ft on 2 levels • Includes storage locker, 1 parking stall, and 2 sundecks • Quick possession possible

• Cute and cozy 2 bedroom 1 bathroom home in central location • Private fenced yard with side access and good parking • Great starter, downsizer, or investment property

• Nicely updated 2 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment in Highland Vistas • 1 dog or cat allowed with strata permission, no rental restrictions • Quick possession possible

• 3 bedroom 1 bathroom home in Countryview Estates • Own your own land with a bareland strata fee of $125/month • Quick possession possible

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Sahali

344 ARROWSTONE DRIVE $699,900 • MLS®162571 • Beautifully maintained and landscaped 3+1 bedroom 2 bathroom home • 1 bedroom basement suite with shared laundry • Great family home and area close to schools and amenities

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3262 WESTSYDE ROAD $699,900 • MLS®163072

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LISTINGS

DEADLINES

REGULAR RATES

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

Wednesday Issues

Based on 3 lines 1 Issue . . . . . . . . . . . $1300 Add colour. . . . . . . $2500 to your classified add

• 10:00 am Tuesday

All ads must be prepaid. No refunds on classified ads.

| RUN UNTIL SOLD

No Businesses, Based on 3 lines Merchandise, vehicles, trailers, RV’s, boats, ATV’s, furniture, etc. $ 3500 Tax not included Some restrictions apply

Tax not included

Coming Events

Art & Collectibles

Furniture

Basement Suites

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

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

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

Dwtn 1brm fully furnished. N/P/S. $1,000/mo incls util/internet. 250318-0318.

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

Plants / Shrubs / Trees

If you have an upcoming event for our

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Lost Lost gold watch and ring at McArthur Island Lake Park, parking lot. (604) 345-5710 Lost: Natural Buckalder Walking Cane. It is varnished and has initials P.Z. burned in under crook handle. Reward. 778-471-3223.

To advertise call

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

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

For Sale - Misc 2 Horse Saddles $300/each. Water Cooler Dispenser $40. 250374-8285. 6-dozen wide-mouth pints/quarts canning jars. $5.00-$10.00/per dozen. 5-dozen wine bottles $7.00/dozen. 250-5733243. 6pc patio set. $300. 6pc Bedroom set $695. 250374-8285. 75 gal fish tank. $50. 250554-4427. Battery charger $100. 48” table saw. $200. Angle grinder $100. 250374-8285. 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.

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

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

Greeting cards made in England each cellophane wrapped 90,000 for $12,000/obo 250-3766607. Greeting cards made in England each cellophane wrapped 30,000 for $4,000/obo 250-3766607. Portable swamp cooler uses water. $100/obo. 250-376-6607. Satellite phone Model Iridium 9505A handset w/attachments. $1300. 250-374-0650.

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

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

Commercial

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Garage Sales

BROCK Sat, July 17th. 9am-??. 2335 Downie Place. Reno items, LP’s, hshld +more. GIGANTIC SALE 432 St. Paul St in the back in the basement. Mon to Sat 9-3pm. Tools, bedding, paintings and prints, DVD’S & VHS movies, women and men’s clothing, purses, lamps, jewellery, furniture, electronics, books, Bradford Exchange plates, lots of household items, unique items and much more.

IT’S GARAGE SALE TIME Call and ask us about our GARAGE SALE SPECIAL ONLY $12.50 FOR 3 LINES (Plus Tax) ($1 per additional line)

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UPPER SAHALI Garage Sale ESTATE SALE: Sat, July deadline is 17th. 9am-2pm. 1738 Tuesday 10 am for Springview Place. ProfesWednesday Paper sional tile tools and material, garden tools, camping gear, solar panels. Emergency prepared kamloopsthisweek food, coolers, quality out.com erwear, housewares etc.

Apartments / Condos for Rent

Apartments / Condos for Rent

LOGAN LAKE, BC RENTAL AVAILABLE AUGUST 1ST 2 Bedroom Condo, Alder Apartments $625/mo. Call Michael 604-837-3728 michael_kwasnica @hotmail.com

Logan Lake bachelor suites 30mins to hospital. $600/mo. includes internet, hydro, partially furnished. Gord 250-5239433.

Basement Suites Dwtn 1brm fully furnished. N/P/S. $1,000/mo incls util/internet. 250318-0318.

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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 Scheduled for one month at a time. Customer must call to reschedule. Tax not included. Some restrictions apply

Commercial

$1250 - 3 lines or less BONUS (pick up only): • 2 large Garage Sale Signs • Instructions

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

Tax not included

Tax not included

Handyperson

Handyperson

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

COMMERCIAL SPACE for Lease Approximately 900 Sq. Ft., on High Traffic North Kamloops road. Premises are bright and attractive with good On-Street parking. Call 250-3769152 for more information.

DAN’S HANDYMAN SERVICES

Houses For Rent

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Furnished4bdr&denIdeal Corporate/Crew nsp 2blks RIH$4200. 250-214-0909

House-sitting

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

Peace of mind house sitting and pet care. Keep your house and pets safe while your away. 250374-6007.

Time to trim Cedar Hedges Tree pruning or removal Yard clean-up, Landscaping

Shared Accommodation

Licensed & Certified 250-572-0753

Downtown 2 connected rooms + half bath. N/S/P. $800/mo. Util/internet included. 250-318-0318.

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Concrete Services

Concrete Services

SMALL

RVs / Campers / Trailers

Renovations on construction, complete interior and exterior projects. Free estimates. 250-2626337.

1995 Roadtrek Campervan Dodge 350 152kms. $12,500. 250-318-8187.

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Pirelli P7 Cinturato Run Flat tires on 17 “ BMW M series rims. $ 750.00. 250-819-0863.

10-989 McGill Pl. Kamloops

CONCRETE JO 250-374-0916

BRICKS, BLOCKS, PAVERS SIDEWALKS + PRUNING

RVs / Campers / Trailers

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250.851.5079 • 250.554.1018 Farm Services

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Security

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Luigi s Luigi’s

HUNTER & FIREARMS Courses. A Great Gift. Next C.O.R.E. August 7th and 8th. Saturday and Sunday. P.A.L July 18th. Sunday. P r o f e s s i o n a l outdoorsman and Master Instructor: Bill 250-376-7970

Renos & Home Improvement

Landscaping PETER’S YARD SERVICE

Classes & Courses

Farm Services

SHAVINGS & SAWDUST 10 TO 150 YARD LOADS BARK MULCH FIR OR CEDAR

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250-838-0111

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

Call: 250-371-4949

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

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

Motorcycles 2011 Honda CRB 250, ABS, 2400kms. Like new. $2250/obo.250-372-7817

2015 HD Electra Glide Ultra Ltd. Deep Jade, 30135kms, Project Rushmore. Added features. $23,995.00 250-828-8994. 2017 Harley Davidson Road King Milwaukee 8 engine. 35,000kms. $17,000/obo. 250-6823152.


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Career Opportunities

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NVWIA 1990 Jaguar Red. leather, 4-door, A/C, Power everything. 142,597kms, 1,000.00 250-851-0209.

Nicola Valley Women in Action P.O. Box 371, Merritt BC V1K 1B8 nvwomeninaction@gmail.com

Sports Utilities & 4x4’s

VICTIM SERVICES CASE WORKER (FULL TIME 35 HRS/WEEK) 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD. Fully loaded. 5 passenger 2 row seating. C/W winters on rims, trailer hitch. 249,000kms. $9,500.00 250-319-5911

Rims

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

Nicola Valley Women In Action has an opening for a full time Victim Service Caseworker with Merritt RCMP Police-Based Victim Services. The successful candidate should have post-secondary education in social work, criminal justice or a related field OR a minimum of one (1) years’ experience working with victims of crime or trauma; an extensive knowledge of victim issues, social services and community resources; as well as a sound understanding of the criminal justice system. Must achieve and maintain RCMP Reliability Security Clearance; possess a valid BC driver’s license, and have access to their own vehicle for business use. This is a regular, full-time position (35 hours/week) with a wage between $24.00 - $27.00 per hour plus benefits. Please submit your resume and cover letter to nvwomeninaction@gmail.com

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

This posting will remain active until a successful applicant is identified. We thank all interested applicants.

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

Career Opportunities

REGISTERED DENTAL HYGENIST

Registered dental hygienist needed to join our patient and team centered family dental practice. Competitive wages and benefits provided. Fully renovated digital practice. New grads welcome. 1 day per week available. Contact through email: chaeannsomogyi@shaw.ca Part time 1 day a week 8 hour days Riverside Dental Clinic

REGISTERED DENTAL HYGENIST

Registered dental hygienist needed to join our patient and team centered family dental practice. Competitive wages and benefits provided. Fully renovated digital practice. New grads welcome. 1 day per week available. Contact through email: chaeannsomogyi@shaw.ca Part time 1 day a week 8 hour days Riverside Dental Clinic

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES • Fund Development Team • Production Heads in Wardrobe, Properties & Carpentry • Casual Part-Time Box Office & House Staff For more information or to apply, visit wctlive.ca/postings.htm

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2 days a week. Looking for a driver to drive 3/4 ton van hauling newspaper from Merritt to the Okanagan and back via Hwy 1. About 9-10 hours, leaving at 3 am. Winter driving experience a must and 2 year experience. Email resume and drivers abstract to

jimjoeco@telus.net (Attn: Dale) Phone: 250-457-9678 Fax: 250-457-9736 Business Oportunities ~ Caution ~ While we try to ensure all advertisements appearing in Kamloops This Week are placed by reputable businesses with legitimate offers, we do caution our readers to undertake due diligence when answering any advertisement, particularly when the advertiser is asking for monies up front.

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Work for yourself, not by yourself! Driverseat is a Canadian owned and operated transportation franchise and we’re looking to expand to the West Coast of Canada. Kamloops is the perfect opportunity for a Driverseat location, and you could be the next franchisee. For under $70,000, you can own your own Driverseat Franchise. Services include wine tour shuttles to Kamloops Winery Trails and through the Okanagan, wedding shuttles, and airport shuttles to Kamloops Airport (YKA). Driverseat was named the top franchise in Canada in 2019 and is now looking to open in Kamloops. You will receive the best technology and the best training available. Driverseat is scheduled to open in 60 new cities this year across North America. A Canadian success story, Driverseat’s support office is located in Kitchener, Ontario. Only one franchise is available in your city. Contact us to set up a time to talk about this incredible opportunity!

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BRIDGE RIVER INDIAN BAND P.O. BOX 190, LILLOOET, BC VOK 1V0 • PH: (250) 256-7423 ADMIN FAX: (250) 256-7999 • HEALTH FAX: (250) 256-2443

JOB POSTING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR ASSISTANT Full Time Permanent Position Bridge River Head Start / Daycare Program is seeking an individual to commit to providing high quality care to children aged 0-6 years with interest in working in a unique program and ensuring that there is use of best practice provided during the program delivery. Duties and Responsibilities • Ability to work with parents, children, and elders • Must Participate in all aspects of the program including outdoor activities, luncheons, community functions and workshop / training opportunities • Strong communication skills (Oral and Written) • Strong computer skills an asset (Email, Word, Excel, PDF, PPT, Outlook, Fax, Photocopier, Scanner) • Assist with administrative duties (OR willing to learn) report writing, filing, proposal writing, daily attendance, invoice writing as per parent/guardian and government agencies, etc. • Apply St’at’imc cultural values and benefits to all aspects of daily programming • Must be able to work individually and in a team setting • Work flexible hours and willing to attend conferences & professional development programs, sometimes outside of office hours • Chaperone all trips, Driving Bridge River Head Start / Daycare vehicle as needed • Maintain the cleanliness and service Bridge River Head Start / Daycare vehicle routinely Qualifications: • Early Childhood Education Assistance License to Practice • CPR Infant First Aid • Clear Criminal Record Check • Current on all immunization shots • Food Safe Certificate • Class 4 Drivers License preferred • Speak the basic St’at’imc words and commands an asset (OR willing to learn) • Knowledge of St’at’imc Traditions and Culture an asset Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume to: Gary Forsyth, Administrator Bridge River Indian Band P.O. Box 190, Lillooet BC, VOK WO Email: administrator@xwisten.ca | Fax: 250-256-7999 Posting Closing Date: Until Filled

BRIDGE RIVER INDIAN BAND P.O. BOX 190, LILLOOET, BC VOK 1V0 • PH: (250) 256-7423 ADMIN FAX: (250) 256-7999 • HEALTH FAX: (250) 256-2443 JOB POSTING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR Full Time Permanent Position Bridge River Head Start / Daycare Program is seeking an individual to commit to providing high quality care to children aged 0-6 years with interest in working in a unique program and ensuring that there is use of best practice provided during the program delivery. Duties and Responsibilities • Ability to work with parents, children, and elders • Must Participate in all aspects of the program including outdoor activities, luncheons, community functions and workshop / training opportunities • Strong communication skills (Oral and Written) • Strong computer skills an asset (Email, Word, Excel, PDF, PPT, Outlook, Fax, Photocopier, Scanner) • Assist with administrative duties (OR willing to learn) report writing, filing, proposal writing, daily attendance, invoice writing as per parent/guardian and government agencies, etc. • Apply St’at’imc cultural values and benefits to all aspects of daily programming • Must be able to work individually and in a team setting • Work flexible hours and willing to attend conferences & professional development programs, sometimes outside of office hours • Chaperone all trips, Driving Bridge River Head Start / Daycare vehicle as needed • Maintain the cleanliness and service Bridge River Head Start / Daycare vehicle routinely Qualifications: • Early Childhood Education Assistance License to Practice • CPR Infant First Aid • Clear Criminal Record Check • Current on all immunization shots • Food Safe Certificate • Class 4 Drivers License preferred • Speak the basic St’at’imc words and commands an asset (OR willing to learn) • Knowledge of St’at’imc Traditions and Culture an asset Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume to: Gary Forsyth, Administrator Bridge River Indian Band P.O. Box 190, Lillooet BC, VOK WO Email: administrator@xwisten.ca | Fax: 250-256-7999 Posting Closing Date: Until Filled

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BRIDGE RIVER INDIAN BAND P.O. BOX 190, LILLOOET, BC VOK 1V0 • PH: (250) 256-7423 ADMIN FAX: (250) 256-7999 • HEALTH FAX: (250) 256-2443

JOB POSTING - REPOSTING AMA7 SWA7 NURSE Full-time Permanent (35 hrs/week) Ama7 Swa7 Nurse is responsible for providing quality home care to Xwisten Clients that are referred to the Home and Community Care Program. Duties and Responsibilities • Assists in direct nursing care as required with and for clients to achieve optimum health in various situations: chronic disease, acute illness, injury, wound care and palliative care. • Promotes and provides health related knowledge, treatment services to clients, care givers while supporting independence. • Perform assessments; evaluations; plans; goals; deliveries; treatment plan or care plan. • Maintain confidential data records and documentation • Coordinate nursing care services with the client, physician, hospital, rehabilitation, long term care programs and other community services/ programs. • Coordinate, develop and teach nursing care strategies to assist client and family. • Provide information and create workshops regarding health related issues and preventative measures as needed. • Maintain financial records and budget • eSDRT (Service Delivery Reporting Template) reports to FNHA monthly Qualifications: • Graduated from an approved school of nursing and must hold a current Registered Nurse License with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) or Licenced Practical Nurse License (LPN) • Knowledge of cultural safety principles, working within First Nation’s Health and Social Development areas • Criminal Record Check: Vulnerable Sector • Valid Driver’s License: Reliable Vehicle • Excellent communication skills — written and verbal; • Ability to develop and maintain budgets, and do financial and administrative reporting; • Filing and record keeping skills; • Experience supervising other employees Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume to: Gary Forsyth, Administrator Bridge River Indian Band P.O. Box 190, Lillooet BC, VOK WO Email: administrator@xwisten.ca | Fax: 250-256-7999 Posting Closing Date: Until Filled

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In Loving Memory of our

Michael J. Kitto

February 6, 1985 – July 14, 2011

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There isn’t a day goes by that we don’t think of you.

Deeply Missed Forever Loved Your Loving Family

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Donald (Don) Edward Ray

In Loving Memory of Marilyn Margaret Strutz February 6, 1945 - July 20, 2020

It seems like only yesterday that you passed away. It’s been 10 years ago today time flew by.

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Those we love don’t go away They walk beside us everyday Unseen, unheard, but always near Still loved, still missed and very dear. Your loving family

GIVE LAVISHLY LIVE ABUNDANTLY By Helen Steiner Rice 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,

June 19, 1931 - June 30, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Don on June 30, 2021, just 11 days after his 90th birthday. Dad was born in Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan to Ed and Helen Ray. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Mildred and Eileen. He is survived by his loving wife Mary, just shy of their 64th Anniversary. As well as his three children Charlotte Valente (Dan), Ed Ray (Kathy) and Donna Ray (Guy), grandchildren Chad (Haley), Colton, Caitlyn and Camryn. He will be missed by his siblings, Catherine Barritt, Jean Coleman and Cliff (LaVerne) Ray, as well as many nieces and nephews. Dad was a family man and his family meant everything to him. Dad was an intelligent, hardworking, skilled and loving man, always willing to lend a hand. Dad was not shy to speak his mind. He always had a twinkle in his eye when telling a good story, which kept everyone on their toes. He was a sheet metal man by trade and just received his 70 year membership plaque from the Sheet Metal Union that he was so proud of. He also tried his hand in logging, started a roofing company, as well, he built houses. His first love was farming, as he had a hobby farm in Port Coquitlam, then later moved his family to 100 Mile House, where he had a cattle ranch. After that, he settled in Kamloops 28 years ago. Dad enjoyed working in his garden and, being Irish, he loved growing potatoes. You would always find him in his shop building something. He also enjoyed “BSing” with the neighbours. Dad will live in our hearts forever and will never be forgotten. Until we meet again ~ we love and miss you. The Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

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

The more you love,

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

The more you’ll always have to spare,

That life is good, And friends are kind, For only what we give away, Enriches us from day to day.

A ride in the sky at night reveals a bright shiny movement You, my plane, are visible to the naked eye in each spectrum

by Kathy Ruth Manongdo Written on Father’s Day 2010

Am I your passenger? Am I your wingman? Am I your baggage? Am I your well oiled engine? Am I your wing? Am I your lift in the air? Am I your propeller that thrusts you to a new dimension? I am all that you shape me to be You have a windshield view exposing the picture beyond Only you fit the pilot’s seat As your hands and feet heart and eyes are trained to work the plane You know every part and how to fix it You are navigating by the spirit You belong to a solid tender heart and so accepted as firm to soar You’re worth the shiniest mint coins and bills in circulation and so loved Your competence as an airplane secures my place For more experiences with you Will you invite me onboard?

Psalms 91:4 says, “He shall cover you with His feathers, And under his wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler”

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Wendy Louise Lamond

January 22, 1960 ~ July 9, 2021 Wendy Lamond (née Zarikoff) of Okanagan Falls, beloved wife of Jim, passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer on July 9, 2021 at the age of 61. Wendy was born January 22, 1960 in Nelson, BC to Alex Zarikoff and Catherine Pike. The family relocated to Sacramento while Wendy was very young followed by moves to Salem, Spokane and Wenatchee. In her teen years Wendy returned to Nelson, BC. Wendy spent more than 30 years in the insurance industry with ever increasing responsibility in management roles. Wendy enjoyed many great friendships in every community in which she resided including Nelson, Kamloops and the South Okanagan. After recovering from her first encounter with cancer in 2016 Wendy’s perspective on life and work changed and she embarked on a new much-loved role of working with animals at the South Okanagan-Similkameen BC- SPCA. Wendy, and her family, were proud of her hard work and determination in successfully trekking the Andes in Peru in 2019. Continuing on from that trip down to the Amazon, Wendy’s love of monkeys reached a new high as she encountered several monkeys face to face, feeding many by hand. A true highlight for her. Besides her loving husband, Jim, Wendy is survived by her adored daughter Lindsay (Brad) and granddaughters Sierra and Emma; treasured step-sons Adam (Rose) and Reese; imminent arrival of a new grandson; her loving sister Shelly; devoted mother Kay and many close aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends. Wendy was predeceased by her father Alex. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and all other care workers that assisted Wendy with special mention to Dr. Thompson, Dr. Topic and Dr. Snyman. A celebration of Wendy’s life will be held at a later date in September. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of: BC Cancer Agency (www.donate.bccancerfoundation.com), BC SPCA (www.spca.bc.ca/donations/south-okanagan) or Moog & Friends Hospice House.(www.pentictonhospice.com). Condolence may be made to the family through kvmemorial.com.

DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightening they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.           And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night. Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. And you, my father, there on the sad height,                Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. by Dylan Thomas


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Marion Christina Roberts

April 28, 1918 - June 13, 2021 Our precious mother, Marion Christina Roberts passed away on June 13, 2021 with her daughters by her side. She was born a twin on the family farm in Manitoba, on April 18, 1918 and was the last of her family line. She endured the tragic loss of her twin sister, father and mother early in her life and from this was born her commitment to enjoy life and “just have fun”. After completing her education, she moved to Winnipeg and worked for the T. Eaton company. It was in these years that she found a love for photography, which lasted through her life. When WWII broke out, she joined the RCAF and was stationed at Calgary and Ottawa. After the war ended, and looking for a new adventure, she moved to Vancouver. It was in BC that she met her husband John and became a miners wife, moving first to Salmo and then to Merritt, where they resided for many years. Music, fishing, roses, summers at Nicola Lake and travelling with friends were a few of her favourite things. After John’s passing, she eventually moved to Kamloops to be closer to family. She enjoyed celebrating her 100th birthday with a party and was thrilled to receive a letter from the Queen. Mom spent her last years at Kamloops Seniors Village and was know for her wit and good humour. We thank the care aids, nurses and others who supported her over the last three years. She was predeceased by her parents John and Annie Brautigam and siblings, husband John and grandson Shaun Hedges. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Jo-Ann Hedges (Garry): Tiffany Larsen (James), Kensie, Kaia, Piper; Valerie Calcutt (Aron); Gwen Wintemute (Peter): Debbie Schreyer (Randy), Brittany (Zachary), Gemma, Kelly (Aaron), Everett; Michael Wintemute (Tracy), Olivia, Jessica, Benjamin; Carole Grayer (Michael), Truxton, Tyson, Addison.

Sunday’s child is happy and wise, and good and gay We love you and will miss you

Celebration of Life for Darcy Railton Celebration of Life for Darcy Railton will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at 5976 VLA Road, Chase (across from Pete Murray’s corn farm). Refreshments and lunch to follow. If in attendance please email to Lindabolton4950@gmail.com or call 250-682-1931. Thank you and see you then. As you share the stories and the memories of how they lived their lives and how very much they meant, may you find comfort...

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He’s gone ahead of his beloved wife of 56 years, Carol. He leaves behind a sister Betty (Don), and a brother Harvey, as well as two kids: John (Tonia), and Juanita (Carey). He was Grandpa to four grandkids that he loved to bits: Adina, Brodie, Alexander, and Kristopher. Alec was born on May 17, 1942 in Chatham, Ontario to Wilfred and Helen Forbes. Growing up in Sioux Lookout, he enjoyed a great Canadian life of playing hockey, fixing cars, and working hard in the Forbes Tuck shop his dad owned. Alec was a hard worker in that shop, as well as fixing cars in their backyard at a young age, which sparked a life-long passion. In the early 60s, Alec decided to head West with a friend of his, and found himself in Kamloops. It wasn’t long until he made a friend who shared the gospel and led him to Jesus, igniting in him a greater passion. He got involved in a church (Kamloops Full Gospel) and that’s where he met Carol - a dear passion of his. Married in 1965, they raised their kids amidst adventures like Bible school and living in a converted city bus for a bit. Alec continued working on cars as a career even after being declared legally blind in the 80s. That didn’t stop him, because he didn’t need his eyes to see what was wrong with a car. Throughout, Alec and Carol were often found helping out where needed and volunteering for one church function or another. This was a value they would pass on to both their kids and grandkids. He became an Elder in the church, faithfully serving however needed. When asked “How are you doing?” he would often answer, “We are blessed!” This wasn’t just a well-worn saying to Alec, but a lifestyle. Those around him could always tell how genuine his faith and his heart were, both for his Saviour, and his family. We are ever thankful for and inspired by the lasting legacy that Alec leaves. A small celebration of life was held on May 29, 2021. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

May 3, 1937 - July 5, 2021 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Philip E. Myran aka “Papa” at the age of 84. Papa passed away peacefully at home with his wife Patti by his side. Papa is survived by his wife Patti, his son Greg (Shelly) and his granddaughter Jocelyn, to Papa she was “Wynona” (named by his sister Margaret), brother and sister in-law Cheryl (Gary) and nephew Gord. Papa has a great deal of family throughout Canada and his childhood home the Birdtail Sioux Nation, Manitoba. Papa was predeceased by his mother Mary Bhopa, father Albert Myran and brothers Jack, Kenny, Richard, and Ernest and survived by his sisters Margaret and Gladys and his daughters Sandra, Beverley, Pat, Christina, Debbee, Gail, and son Eddie plus many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Papa had the pleasure of being re-united with his oldest daughter Sandi and only son Eddie here in Kamloops. Papa also had the good fortune to be recently re-united in Kamloops with his daughters Gail and Beverley and his grandsons Robert and Isomeqhes and granddaughter Amanda. Papa is so thankful for the time he had to spend with family. Papa enjoyed working hard for CP Rail for over 40 years, where he travelled the province making friends wherever he went, ask anyone in CP Rail and they would know him affectionately as “Chief”. Throughout his life and retirement Papa enjoyed tending his gardens, decorating the house and yard especially for Christmas and Halloween. He loved his daily “Geezer Club” meetings with his buddies at Northills Mall and especially loved to take Petal and past furry friends Fergie, Fancy, and Jazzy for walks, bikes rides, but especially tractor rides. He truly loved and enjoyed his family times and his home with as he affectionately called Patti, “My Wife”, taking “My Wife” to Blazer hockey games, taking “My Wife” to watch Greg play rugby, taking “My Wife” to watch “Wynona” (Jocelyn) play soccer. Papa did not want to make a fuss or draw attention to himself, he only wished there not be a service and in lieu of flowers please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society. The family wants to give a sincere thank you to The Canadian Cancer Clinic, Pratt’s Pharmacy, and Dr. Lee Jonat. The family would also like to send a special thank you to Dr. Harold Stefanyk for his friendship, personal care, attention, and kindness. 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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Edwin (Ed) J. Herman August 30, 1950 - June 8, 2021

Ed was never a man to be pithy with his words. Ironically, he requested that this note be br ief. Bor n on a S a s k a t c h e w a n fa r m , t h e s e c o n d youngest of eight, he began a lifetime of amusing others with the glint in his eye and an ever-ready story. At 17 he moved to the big cit y of Edmonton, met the love of his life, Linda, married, and together these teenagers took on the world for the next 50 years. With four children: Tracey (David Broome), David, Dorian (Allyson) and Kari (Albert Bos) plus seven grandchildren, Ed was Dad, Papa, Grandpa, Uncle, Brother, Council, Employer, Friend and Santa Claus to multitudes more. Ed had key loves - family, friends, selling lumber, his cows, dogs, horses and Kubota tractor, the Blazers, fine whiskey and the steady stream of large and small gatherings at “Club Ed”. With tears and smiles in remembering this gregarious and generous man we will raise a glass and tell our “Ed” stories on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at 1701 Old Ferry Road, Monte Creek from 1:00 to 5:00. Donations to honour Ed and the causes that he cared for can be made though: https://gofund.me/f21c05e0

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Alexander Winston Forbes Heaven gained a faithful, old Scot named Alexander Winston Forbes when he graduated to heaven on May 14, 2021. Anyone who knew Alec knows how much he was looking forward to seeing His Saviour and peppering Paul with questions about Romans. We know he’s joined the ranks of singing saints, and look forward to joining with him in song each Sunday morning.

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Gordon Rodd 1949 - 2021

It is with profound sadness that our family announce the passing of Gordon Douglas Rodd. Gord entered into rest Monday, June 21, 2021 at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops B. C. at the age of 72 . Gord leaves behind: his wife Laura Graham and her son Graham Hendry. Gord was the loving father of Paul (Lisa) and granddaughter Olivia Rodd from his first marriage to Lynda McCauley. Gord was the loving father of Courtney (Jam), Benjamin (Sarah) from his second marriage to Cathy Miller. Gord was predeceased by his parents Ivan and Ruby Rodd and brother Paul Rodd. He will be remembered by his siblings Ted (Debbie), Sharon (Dave), Linda and sister-in-law Anne Rodd. Gord will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins and friends. From an early age Gord loved the game of golf and shared time on the links with many people. He refereed on the local hockey rinks for 30 years, guiding young athletes through fair and safe play. He enjoyed boating through the Kawartha Lakes and up into Georgian Bay building friendships and memories along the way. He proudly served the people of Kawartha Lakes, Kelowna and Kamloops for over 40 years. Gord you will be missed, but your laughter and kindness will live on in each of the lives you touched along the way. Thank you for your generosity. A special thank you to the doctors and nursing staff at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops for the kind care given to Dad. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Gord’s life will take place in Lindsay at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to your local humane society.

Kathleen (Kay) Saxon Graham September 18, 1940 - July 9, 2021

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Kay Graham at her home in Canoe, BC. She will be missed by those whose lives she has touched. Her special attributes were many but she was especially known for her blueberry pancakes at Griffin Lake. She was happiest when there were children around as they always brought great joy to her. She liked to write poetry and would break into song at the slightest prompt.

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In Loving Memory of Laurent Euder Gerard Bertrand August 18, 1937 - June 28, 2021

Larry passed away peacefully at the Trinity Hospice in Kamloops, BC on June 28, 2021. He was the little Frenchman that most everybody loved, always full of mischief and with his own version of humour. He always had something up his sleeve or in his back pocket as they say. Larry was quite the joker and brought laughter to those around him, he will truly be missed. Larry was predeceased by his loving wife Helen, his son Raymond, his parents Arthur and Bernadette Bertrand (Ruel), sisters Rita Bertrand, Irene Arnold, brother Robert Bertrand and sister-in-law Jean Bertrand. Larry is survived by his daughters Elaine (Kerry) Staples, Sandra Bertrand, four grandchildren Renee (Erik) Petersen, Darcy (Victoria) Staples, Jamie (Devin) Hemmelgarn, Tayln Bertrand, four great-grandchildren Jaden, Jesse, Aliyah Staples, and Ava Petersen, his brother Denis Bertrand and sister Suzanne Neighbour, also several nieces and nephews, lifelong friend Pat Pope and Wally Weist. Larry was born in Debden, Saskatchewan to Bernadette Bertrand (Ruel) and Arthur Bertrand. When Larry was a very small baby the family headed west to BC to start a new life. In 1957 he met Helen and married her in 1959, they spent their life together raising their family. Larry had many interests over his life one of his most treasured was learning to fly a small aircraft, taking on the role of a farmer and purchasing a small acreage in Haney, BC. There Larry and his family proceeded to grow a very large garden, raise pigs, chickens and rabbits and of course a couple of horses.

She was born in Campbell River, BC but spent most of her life living in Kamloops, working at Tranquille before retiring to Canoe with Bob. Summers were always spent at Griffin Lake at the family cabin where she enjoyed being the matriarch.

In 1974 the family moved to Fawn Lake, BC and started a new life. With 160 acres of raw land he began making a home for his family. With no running water or electricity it was a challenge but within a couple of years a house and home was built.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert (Bob) Graham, her daughters Sherrie Kleefeld and Terrie McVean, daughter-in-law Joanne Graham, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and her brother Ralph Edgett. She was predeceased by her son Alan and her sister Elsie.

Throughout the years he had many careers, a prison guard at BC Penitentiary, a carpenter (which he was the most proud of), then a highway department Jack-of-all-trades, Larry finally retired and moved to Kamloops, BC.

No service at this time.

Cremation took place and his remains will join his wife and son at Lakeview Community Cemetery in Roe Lake, BC. Interment will be announced at a later date.

Donations may be made to a local Hospice. Share memories and condolences at www.fischersfuneralservices.com

Alice Elizabeth Stewart

You will be so missed. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

It is with great sadness the family of Alice Elizabeth Stewart announce her peaceful passing in her sleep, on July 5, 2021, at the age of 96 years.

Alice was born in Yorktown, Saskatchewan, December 12, 1924, she moved to Sardis, BC, as a young girl with her parents and 6 siblings. Alice met Don, the love of her life, when they were both 18, while working at a logging camp. They were married at 19 and later moved to Mission, BC to raise their family. After Don passed away, Alice moved to Kamloops to be closer to her family where she resided for 35 years until her passing.

A private family graveside service to be held in Mission, BC, at a later date. Bowers Funeral Services, Salmon Arm, in charge of arrangements.

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

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Scatter me not to restless winds, Nor toss my ashes to the sea. Remember now those years gone by When loving gifts I gave to thee. Remember now the happy times The family ties we shared. Don’t leave my resting place unmarked As though you never cared.

Alice was predeceased by husband Don, son Robert, daughter-in-law Valerie, son-in-law Larry and greatgranddaughter Cora. Alice is survived by her sons Allan (Janice) and Stan and her daughter Marianne, she is also survived by eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her family would like to thank the staff of Gemstone Care Residence, Jade West, for the exceptional care she received for the past year and a half, thank you also to Dr. Stefanyk and Dr. Howie for their care. We would also like to thank Mom’s longtime friends, Jean Mitchell of Mission, BC and Maria Carvalho of Kamloops for their special friendship to our mother.

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Wayne Michael Brennan

Stephen Craig Fowles

May 10, 1951 - June 30, 2021

August 23, 1960 - July 2, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Stephen Fowles announce his passing on July 2, 2021 at RIH at the age of 60 after a long battle with cancer, with family by his side.

Family and friends of Wayne are saddened to report his sudden passing at home on Wednesday evening June 30th. A bright spark in our lives has been extinguished!

Stephen is survived by his two sons Jason (Kristi) from Kamloops, Justin (Chelsea) from Calgary and his sister Debbie (Darrell) from Quesnel. He is also remembered and will be greatly missed by his four nephews Chris (Sabrina), Cam (Liv), Cole and Gregory (Robert). Stephen will also be missed by his great nephew Colin who brought a big smile to his face during a visit prior to his passing.

Wayne, the youngest of 10 children, was born in Vancouver to parents Matthew and Mabel Brennan. His early years were spent in the Vancouver area and when his father passed away, he and his mother moved to Merritt. Following the illness of his mother, he relocated to Kamloops to stay with his sister Kathleen and family and then went on to a group home under the care of the ministry. In 1985, he married Kathryn Rose Dick and would have celebrated 36 years of marriage on July 27th. this year.

Stephen will also be remembered by his first wife Linda. They shared many wonderful years together with their two sons. He will also be fondly remembered by his large extended family including aunties Enes, Ethel, Clara, Gerry-Lou, Judy, many cousins as well as Lou and Gary Ohashi. Stephen will also be remembered and missed by his large BC Hydro family. Stephen was predeceased by his mom Ethel, in 2020 and his dad Jack, in 2001. Stephen was born in Kamloops on August 23, 1960. He spent the majority of his youth in Kamloops, except for a brief period when the family relocated to Westbank. Stephen graduated from NorKam Secondary in 1978. Shortly after graduation, Stephen took a labourer position at BC Hydro. This kicked off his lifelong journey at the company which consisted of many different roles at locations across BC. In 1998 Stephen landed back in his hometown of Kamloops, and in 2002 he became BC Hydro’s Transmission Field Manager. He continued in this position up until his health deteriorated and he took a leave of absence. Still, he had his finger on the pulse of the company. Stephen truly loved his job and the people he worked with. Stephen was a true sports fan. He played many sports including hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball, rugby, baseball, curling and golf. However, his passion was high school basketball and playing baseball for the Kamloops Jay Rays and later the Kamloops Sandpipers. Later in life he was an avid spectator at many local sporting events and looked forward to being in the stands at the Kamloops International Baseball Tournament or watching curling when Kamloops hosted major bonspiels. This love of sport also led to him volunteering for the Kamloops Blazers. For Stephen, his involvement was as much about supporting the team as it was connecting with the community. Stephen was fortunate to pass on his passion for sports to his two sons. He could be found cheering them on from the stands, whether it be at a hockey rink, a baseball diamond, a high school gym or on the golf course. Stephen loved spending quality time with his family and friends any chance he got. When his boys were young, Shuswap Lake was a perfect spot for family “gettogethers” and time on the water. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation at #150-686 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z-1G1 or by calling 604-707-5917 or toll free 1888-906-2873 in memory of Stephen Fowles. A Celebration of his Life will be held at TRU on Monday, July 26, 2021 at 12:00 in the Grand Hall. Due to COVID restrictions our numbers are limited so attendance is by invitation only. If you haven’t been invited and would like to attend, please email dinsdald@telus.net by July 20th and we will do our best to accommodate you. Stephen had so many friends it is hard for us to know them all.

Wayne was predeceased by his mother and father, brothers Cal (Grace) and Donnie and sisters Ann Brennan and Kathy Riddle (Jim). He is survived by his wife Kathryn, brothers Ken (Donna), Jim and John (Patricia) and sisters Joan Pope (Jack) and Trish Carey along with numerous nieces and nephews. Although handicapped, Wayne had the amazing ability of remembering the faces and names of everyone he met and boisterously greeted all he knew! He had a remarkable work ethic, giving his all to any task assigned. He demonstrated this when he was employed by the Canadian Tire store in Aberdeen and Myron’s Sash and Door company. In his latter years, he collected bottles and cans to earn extra money. Five or six mornings a week, he took the bus up to Aberdeen then walked down the hill, through the downtown core and across the Overlander Bridge to General Grant’s on the North Shore to cash in his collection of the day. He did “semi retire” when he turned 65 and shortened his route somewhat! Wayne touched the lives of many Kamloops residents as he made his rounds and had an unfailingly sunny disposition, dispensing smiles and laughs wherever he went. He was never heard to say a bad word about anyone and was always “doing fine” when asked. He was a very gentle soul-one of God’s “special children”. Wayne’s family wishes to thank all in the community who supported him by saving cans and bottles, giving him clothing and shoes (he wore out many pairs), cooking food (Mary) and treating him kindly. Special thanks goes to Dave Emery, a friend to Wayne for over 30 years and to Peter Pietramala, his landlord and friend. We deeply appreciate you both going “above and beyond” with your help to Wayne. Finally, thanks to Drake Funeral Services for their professional assistance. A Celebration of Life for Wayne will be held this fall when the smoke and heat have disappeared.

Garry William Hogg

June 19, 1938 - July 1, 2021 Survived by wife Doris, sons Randy (Cynthia), Brad (Anne), Terry (Sandra), daughter Jamie (Matt), grandchildren: Tyler, Stacey, Kim (Dave), Nikki (Javier), Brian, Erin (Darcy), Amy (Moises), Austin, greatgrandchildren: David, Rebecca, Natalie, Eleanora, Lucia, Hazel, Gemma, Addison, step-granddaughter Dawn and her son Owen, many nieces, nephews and in-laws. Predeceased by his parents William Gibson and Evelyn Hogg, sisters Joyce Langlois, Marilyn Blankenship and nephew Ricky Langlois. Born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, moved to BC in 1940. In 1947 his parents moved the family to Heffley Creek where Gary lived most of his life. His career of Carpenter Superintendent took him to many communities in BC, but eventually it brought him back to Heffley Creek in 1962 where he left building legacies in City of Kamloops. Most proud project was the building of the Dick Hart Park.

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His hobbies included coaching his sons in hockey, Balco fastball team, and hockey team, fishing, hunting, tying of own flies, canoe racing, and building of fly fishing boats for friends. Celebration of Life will be held at the Heffley Creek Hall on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 11:00 am. Donations to the Heart and Stroke or Diabetes Foundation. The family would like to thank nursing staff and doctors who cared for Garry. Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com

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Colleen Michelle (McCartney) Gropp April 28, 1969 - July 7, 2021

If asked about her favourite season, Colleen would always say summer. She loved nothing more than warm nights by her pool, cold craft beers, colder glasses of rose, boat rides and beach walks. Sharing these pleasures with her dear ones was her greatest joy. It is no surprise then, that she chose to stay through the hottest of summer days before peacefully leaving her loving family and devoted friends. Colleen was born in Kelowna, BC but spent her childhood and youth in Pritchard and Chase. Her hopes and ambition took her to college in Kamloops where she worked to receive her Bachelor of Education and embarked on her chosen career in teaching. Not long after, she (and others) recognized her true calling was to meet people in their moments of greatest need. She had a gift for listening carefully and thoughtfully to others. She was able to offer her profound wisdom and empathy to all and this led her to pursue her Master of Counselling degree. During her career with School District 73 as a counsellor, Colleen impacted the lives of many families and earned the respect and friendship of so many colleagues. As a School & Family Consultant, she was a valued part of her team and she shared of herself so generously with the families and schools she served. While Colleen was so very proud of her education and work, there was no doubt that her greatest accomplishment was building her beautiful life and family with Brent, her soulmate and best friend. The joys and challenges that came with raising Ryan and Matthew were truly her life’s work. She loved her family and friends wonderfully and deeply and Colleen reminded those around her to delight in the small things. Whether it was black licorice and gummy bears or listening to one of Brent’s playlists; fragrant candles or a heart-shaped rock; a Saturday night hockey game or a walk with a friend; practicing yoga, receiving a foot massage or one of many coffee dates, she invited everyone around her to share in her happiness. Although Colleen battled cancer for many years, she refused to let it define her. It was easy to forget that she was sick because she lived each moment with such hope and optimism. When her nurses reminded her to be the strongest dandelion, as many delicate flowers are not as hardy or persistent, Colleen embraced the symbolism and called #bethestrongestdandelion her strength-based mantra. Everyone who knew and loved her will always see in the dandelion the toughness and resilience that was Colleen. She was immensely grateful for the care shown to her by all of her nurses, doctors and caregivers over the years and would want to especially thank Dr. Leia-Stephen, Dr. Swart, Dr. Proctor, Dr. Farren, the nurses at the Cancer Clinic (April, Donna and Deb - who later lost her own battle with cancer) and finally the nurses at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House. Colleen will be remembered and deeply missed by her husband Brent - her true companion and her children: Ryan - who was pure joy and Matthew - whom she loved more than more. Also mourning her loss are her mother Janice, brother Sean (Heidi), sister Kelly (Rob), mother-in-law Elaine (Miles), father-in-law Robert (Eiko), brothers-in-law Darcy and Roby, her nieces and nephews (Dillon, Tristen, Hillary, Rachel and Claire) and her faithful and devoted dog, Wyatt. She will be reunited with her dad, Mike who passed away in the summer of 2012. Colleen leaves behind a remarkable friendship circle which she purposely chose and cherished and the only thing any of us could have asked for would be to have had more time with her. A Celebration of Life will be held at Oasis Church (1205 Rogers Way, Kamloops) at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 24th, 2021. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myalternatives.ca. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House. You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all... The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams The more you do 

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Faye Jean Hill It is with great sadness we share the passing of Faye Hill. Faye was born on January 7, 1932 in Woodburn, Oregon and passed away at the age of 89 in Mesa, Arizona on June 10, 2021. Faye was predeceased by her loving husband James (Jim) and youngest son James (Bo). She will be dearly missed by her children Gary (Terry) of 100 Mile House, Janet (Gene) Bried of Mesa, Arizona and Bo’s wife Joyce of Fort Nelson. Also left to mourn her passing are grandchildren Lindsay, Rian, Brody, Darcy, Clayton, Nicole, Jessica, twin sister Raye Jackson and many nieces, nephews and greatgrandchildren. Faye lived the real-life love story of following your heart and marrying the milk man. After marrying in 1950 she and Jim were inseparable for 63 years. Faye and Jim raised their children in Oregon, later moving to Merritt, BC in 1967, then to Kamloops in 1969 as Jim’s career in the forest industry with Weyerhaeuser progressed. With the children older, Faye decided to rejoin the workforce in the insurance industry. The family built a cabin on East Barriere Lake and Faye enjoyed an outdoor life of skiing, fishing, hunting and golfing. She was a marvelous cook and canner and family was always trying to sneak out a quart of canned green beans with just the right amount of bacon grease inside. Faye and Jim’s house on the South Thompson river served as the family gathering site for many years as well as a second home for the grandkids. It was always filled with love and lots of laughter, and of course Faye’s famous clam dip, fried oysters and cinnamon buns. Everyone was welcome and Faye flawlessly managed a house packed to the brim when everyone arrived. In 1988 Faye and Jim retired and took up the Snowbird lifestyle. They spent their summers in BC and winters in Arizona, as well as travelling throughout the United States with friends and family. Faye loved dancing and she and Jim were regulars at the weekly dance nights in Yuma. When not dancing the night away they partook in desert socials, golfing and margarita tasting in Mexico. Faye was an amazing woman and will be dearly missed. Her strength and inspiration for how to live life to the fullest will carry on with the family. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Las Palomas for their care and companionship.

Kenneth Ronald Speer 1938 - 2021

With sadness, we announce Ken’s passing on July 2nd, 2021. Born in Vancouver on June 8, 1938, Ken grew up in Burnaby B.C. He joined the navy for five years and then spent most of his working life in mining. It was while working in Labrador that he met and married Shirley in January 1966. In 1969 they moved to Tasu, BC and in 1972 on to Logan Lake to work for Lornex, now Highland Valley Copper. Ken retired in 1993. Ken then started working for Freeport MacMoRan in Indonesia in 1994 and returned to Kamloops in 1997. During his retirement, Ken enjoyed spending time in his garden, fishing, carving, or with his family. Ken is survived by his wife Shirley, son Paul (Lilian), son Gordon, granddaughter Kelti (Tanner), grandson Hardy, brothers Gary (Carol), Ken, Jerry, Clyde (Phyllis), and sister Kathy (Al). As well as nieces and nephews. Ken will be remembered by his friends and family for his humour, hard work-ethic, and kind heart. He will be greatly missed by his family. Celebration of life will be held for family and close friends at later date. In place of flowers, donations to the Kamloops Hospice Society if desired.

The more you live abundantly. The more of everything you share,

Ken, Dad, Papa you will be greatly missed. We hope the fish are biting up there. Love you always and forever.

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The more you’ll always have to spare. The more you love,     That life is good and friends are kind.

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