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When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides away. — Sarah Helen Whitman

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Remembrance Day 2020: By Veterans, For Veterans Submitted by Craig Thomson, The Royal Canadian Legion, Kamloops Branch 052


s we are all aware, 2020 has been a challenging year. Many events have been cancelled and gatherings changed to accommodate the rules surrounding the safe practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Remembrance Day this year will also be different. As the organizers of the annual tribute to our Veterans, past and present, Branch 52 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Kamloops, in conjunction with the City of Kamloops and the ANAVETS Unit 290, have made decisions about how the ceremony will be conducted. This year Remembrance Day will be ‘By Veterans For Veterans’, and true to the spirit of this motto, the ceremony will honour all Veterans, but in a different way. Here are some aspects that will NOT be happening: 1) There will be no public gathering at Riverside Park 2) There will be no parade 3) There will be no flypast by our friends from Cold Lake 4) The public will not be invited to attend the

ceremony 5) Large contingents of Military, Police and First Responders will not be present 6) There will be no wreath laying by the general public Here is a quick look at what WILL take place at our ‘By Veterans – For Veterans’ November 11th event. The official ceremony will be held at the Battle Street Cenotaph, by invitation only, up to a maximum of 50 people. The area will be controlled access only. The format of the ceremony will be very similar to past years; a Cenotaph Guard will be posted; the Colour Party will be marched on, and singing of ‘O Canada’, ‘Last Post’, etc. will be the same. Local VIPs will be invited to lay wreaths, but this list will be restricted to local dignitaries, representatives of the Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia, City of Kamloops, ANAVETS, Royal Canadian Legion, Rocky Mountain Rangers and RCMP. Other than the non-Veteran VIPs, the ceremony will be restricted to Veterans. We will include our most senior WW2

Veterans as part of the group at the Cenotaph. Following the usual tradition, it is our hope that members of the public will order wreaths through the Royal Canadian Legion (Poppy Office phone 250 374 0623), during the Poppy Campaign; however, those wreaths will be laid at the Cenotaph by Legion members prior to the ceremony at Battle Street. Proceeds of wreath sales and donations to the Poppy Campaign go to programs that directly support Veterans and their families. This year, more than ever, Veterans need your donations to the Poppy Campaign to continue, despite changes to the format of the Remembrance Day ceremony. Poppy boxes will be distributed throughout the Kamloops area, providing citizens the opportunity to donate in the usual manner. The Remembrance Day event will be livestreamed, on the Kamloops (Branch 52) Legion Facebook page and at other locations, including CFJC-TV. More details as to where to watch the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

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2020 HUB International RCMP Seniors Christmas Dinner The moment that Covid 19 hit the news, we knew that our 18th annual Seniors Christmas Dinner was in jeopardy. Over the past six months, we have watched countless hours with our own Dr Bonnie Henry, listened to the experts, and watched the numbers of cases and fatalities rise. We have had fingers crossed waiting for a vaccine and had the hopes that by October of 2020, we would be in a safe position to once again announce the dates for this magical night. Our team thought of many ways to try to host some form of this event and in the end when we evaluated participant exposure; the risk was just not worth it. I am sorry to say (and emotional as I write this) that the 2020 edition of this event will be cancelled in its entirety. We will be back! There is no way that this event will not take place again as it is far too much fun for all of our volunteers, RCMP and of course Santa. Please understand our position this year, it truly is all about the safety and the well-being of our valued guests. Circumstances permitting, we will be back with two nights next year, a fancy new stage and considerably more decorations! If you would like your name added to our email list, please send me a note and we will keep you posted electronically on updates throughout the year; larry.grant@hubinternational.com, if you remember put “Ho Ho Ho� in the subject heading! Be safe, be smart, social distance and be patient, at some point this pandemic will only be seen in our rearview mirror!

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#FoodSovereigntyNow: A Resilient, Sovereign & Just Food System By Deborah Ogundimu, Kamloops Food Policy Council, Collaborative Leadership Team consumption through the processing of excess fruits gleaned, using the popcycle program as a means to prevent food wastage. The Butler Urban Farm draws from principles of permaculture and peasant agroecology to regenerate a productive soil that grows nutrient-dense vegetables. The pandemic has brought to the limelight how fragile our food system truly is. Taking inspiration from La Via Campesina, we encourage our network and community in Kamloops to promote a resilient food system by buying, consuming and producing food locally. Other ways you can support the food system is by volunteering your time by assisting the Kamloops Food Policy Council Gleaning Abundance Program, taking part in our network meetings and social media to provide ideas and help develop initiatives to move our food system forward.

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our food system requires a shift. Food literacy is moderately developed in our region as programs and workshops are offered through the Kamloops Food Policy Council and organizations in our network. A soil health institute for farmers is currently in the works to promote intergenerational, Indigenous knowledge transfer and encourage peasant agroecology. La Via Campesina explains that for the society to resist the current exploitative industrial food system, we must produce, buy and eat locally. With the advent of community gardens such as the Butler Urban Farm and initiatives to promote a sharing economy such as the Gleaning Abundance Program, the Kamloops Food Policy Council strengthens food sovereignty by producing, and consuming locally grown food. This includes



he International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against Transnational Corporation is organized by La Via Campesina annually to mobilize people and organizations in solidarity against commoditization of food systems and intensive farming methods. The Kamloops Food Policy Council shares an overwhelming amount of similarities with La Via Campesina. As an organization, we value a food system that is resilient in the face of climate change and economic disturbances. The detrimental effects of monoculture and toxic agro-chemical inputs used to increase the scale of production diminishes biodiversity and soil health. La Via Campesina insists that it is #TimetoTransform our society through peasant agroecology and food sovereignty. The term “Peasant Agroecology” was coined as a way of life that promotes indigenous food sovereignty, food literacy, a food commons and local economic vitality. It is built upon the exchange of indigenous knowledge and the sharing of traditional seeds. Peasant farmers who practice agroecology produce food in a sustainable and balanced way that reflects

the interconnectedness of food, people and nature. The peasant food system promotes solidarity and sovereignty over competition and profits. As a result, farmers are compensated fairly and equitable labor conditions are promoted. In the Assessment of the Kamloops Food System report prepared by Emily Pletsch and Robyn McLean, projects focused on Indigenous food sovereignty include the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, the Indigenous food and Freedom School, Wild Salmon Caravan, Qwemtsin Health Society Food Sovereignty Team and the “Knowing Our Roots” Advisory Committee in Skeetchestn. The Kamloops Food Policy Council assists the region with transformation by collaborating on significant projects and initiatives, however, believes for there to be a restoration of ecological and decolonization food systems, our motives for

for 20-25 minutes until the barley is nearly tender, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Stir in the cream, reserved cauliflower leaves and the lemon juice, then simmer for another 5 minutes. Step 4: In a non-stick pan, heat oil over high heat, fry the mushrooms for 5 mins and addthem to the sauce. Season to taste Step 5: Sit the cauliflower on top of the sauce. Grate over the cheese, then bake in the oven for 30-35 mins until golden and bubbling.

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id you know there are roughly 30,000 Canadian Second World War veterans who are still living? Do you know one of them who lives in our riding? To honour the bravery and sacrifice displayed by these men and women who played a role in the Allied victory 75 years ago, living Canadian veterans can receive a Second World War Tribute from Veterans Affairs Canada. This special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition is available until the end of the year. The pin is based on the “Victory Nickel,” a coin that was circulated during the war and re-issued in 2005, commemorating the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.

The coin featured a flaming torch and large “V,” which stood for both victory and the coin’s value in Roman numerals. Living Canadians who served during the Second World War with Canadian or any Allied forces, including the Canadian or British Merchant Navy, qualify to receive a Second World War Tribute. It is the sacrifices of these extraordinary veterans during the Second World War that helped give us the peace and freedoms we enjoy today. Constituents in the Kamloops-Thompson-

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Kamloops City Council gives heartfelt thanks to all Veterans. We will remember them.


Cariboo riding are encouraged to help give a living Second World War veteran who lives in our area this special memento. Please submit names and addresses of eligible veterans to my office, either by email (cathy.mcleod.c1@ parl.gc.ca) or by regular mail to 6 – 275 Seymour St., Kamloops, V2C 2E7.

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A winter of disconnect

I can’t shake the feeling that this winter is going to be a tough one. I haven’t been a fan of winter for many years but my tolerance for it seems to decrease with the passing of each year. Pair my disdain for winter with the foreboding of a second wave of COVID-19, that some would argue we My two cents are already experiencing, Moneca Jantzen Editor and it’s hard to feel excited about the next few months. Those of us that enjoy a trip to warmer climes for a bit of respite each winter likely don’t even have that as an option this year unless one can follow the quarantine rules and are willing to risk hopping on a plane. The majority of us are faced with hunkering down and making the best of a less than ideal situation. Some of us may be in real peril if we are lacking the resources to get through a few more tough months emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, physically or financially. If there was ever a time for people to be on the alert with respect to the well-being of others, this will be the season. We all have to be more willing to reach out and ask for help when we need it and also be on the lookout for friends, family and neighbours or even complete strangers that may need a hand along the way. Knowing that some of our most vulnerable seniors are currently in facilities where they are very limited in who they get to see and how often, my heart breaks for all concerned. I also know that many others still living on their own in their own homes may be struggling to keep connected especially when so many normal activities have been suspended. Maybe you once enjoyed going to play crib or bridge with a group of friends at one of our local senior’s centres, square dancing or bingo, or a weekly trip to the casino; most if not all of that is no longer an option unless you happen to live in a community setting that makes up your “bubble.” Others that live alone or with family may be feeling even more cut off and isolated than ever. While the rest of the world resorts to “connecting” virtually as a stop gap to getting together physically, many seniors are not active participants in this realm. While it is generally assumed that this “grey gap” in the use of internet or technology will vanish over time, a Canadian Census study from 2016 showed that there is roughly 30 percent of seniors over 65 years of age that don’t use the internet. The reasons for this are varied. Part of the reason this gap exists has to do with “have not” and “want not” as well as certain health issues that can affect internet use as well. The pandemic may be forcing many a Luddite to “get with the program” and learn to use a device or two. We are quickly heading towards a cashless society and the pandemic has helped this trend along. More and more of life is taking place online whether we like it or not. As it gets more and more difficult to access information, do our banking, shop, pay bills, communicate with bureaucracies, read a newspaper, date, watch television, even see a doctor, in traditional ways, the pressure to adapt and learn to go online is greater than ever. It is hard not to worry about those without the means or ability to buy or use a device or access the technology needed to participate in this way of doing things. It can be frustrating at any age and at a time in one’s life when one is already possibly losing control over one’s mind or body, now being faced with having to have someone help them bank online or e-file their taxes or even just look up a phone number is nothing short of daunting. “Hey Siri! Hey Alexa! Are you my most trusted friend?” Does everyone have a real person they can actually trust and depend on? The ramifications of this degree of dependence on others could be devastating for some. There’s another column in there, but for now, let’s watch out for our friends, neighbours and loved ones that just might need a phone chat, an internet lesson, a window visit, access to a computer or tablet, a ride to the hospital, a plate of cookies,a solid meal or a shovelled driveway. ‘Tis going to be a season we won’t likely forget.

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SMALL//works is back for 2020 By Rebecca Kurtis, Kamloops Arts Council Admin Intern


t is fast approaching fall and you know what that means… SMALL//works is back for 2020. The Kamloops Arts Council is so excited to be able to host the exhibition this year. What is SMALL// works you may be asking? The SMALL//works fundraiser is a fabulous opportunity for local artists to show their work and support the Kamloops Arts Council. This exhibition is comprised of small, one-ofa-kind, original artworks and is the perfect time for gift givers and art collectors to find fun, affordable artwork just in time for the holiday season. Unlike other fundraisers where artists are asked to donate their work, the KAC wants to share proceeds of sales with the artists, 50 percent to the artist and 50 percent to KAC.

Artists are asked to submit smaller sized artwork, following a sizing guide, which will create an exciting and affordable Christmas shopping experience. Gail Clark (local artist and past SMALL//works participant), mentioned that “she loves participating in SMALL//works because it is a fun and simple way to get your artwork out into the community. It is also interesting for her to see her artwork in the company of a wide variety of mediums and artist skill levels.” Clark sold several pieces in last year’s show and likes “to think of where her artwork ended up and thinks fondly of her artwork out on display in the community somewhere.” This year, the exhibit will run from Nov. 21 to Dec. 19. Once open, visitors will be

able to purchase art right off the wall and walk away with their purchases right then and there. The artwork will also be featured in the KAC’s online art shop, which, by the way, always has artwork available for purchase in it, so make sure to check it out. We will be offering curbside pickup for any artwork bought online. “Christmas at the Courthouse” will be back as well in an adjusted format. It is put on by the non-profit group, The Courthouse Gallery Cooperative, and will feature local vendors with unique products to purchase. Buying local promotes a healthy community and the holidays are one of the largest consumer times of the year. By offering this exhibit the Kamloops Arts Council provides the opportunity for the community to come together and purchase

gifts for their loved ones from local artists, while supporting the KAC and their ongoing programs. With COVID-19 you may be reluctant to leave the safety of your home, the KAC understands and is doing all we can to provide a safe, clean environment. During the exhibit we will be limiting numbers to allow for social distancing, regularly cleaning high touch points, and providing hand sanitizer stations around the galleries. At the front door we will have hand sanitizer and masks for individuals who want them. Note that the public restrooms are closed during this time. The Kamloops Arts Council is excited to welcome you and help our creative community flourish. For more information on the KAC, or SMALL//works, visit kamloopsarts.ca

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Annual pottery sale forges ahead It has been inspiring to watch some of our local arts organizations reinvent themselves or find ways to pivot so they can carry on through the “Age of COVID.” The Thompson Valley Potters Guild is no different as the 40th annual sale faced cancellation at their original location. This talented group of 23 artisans managed to pull more than just their creations out of the proverbial fire this year. As other events got cancelled, space came up at St. Andrew’s on the Square and while it is a smaller venue, the higher ceilings and natural light may end up being advantageous. Parking is also improved so regular attendees should not be deterred. “Usually we have 19 vendors of which 12 are potters. We have a smaller venue this year with 12 vendors of which 10 are potters,” explains guild member Dan Condon. With most of the traditional Christmas

markets and craft fairs cancelled this year, the pottery sale anticipates a potentially high turnout at the Nov. 7 sale. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. There will be a limit on the number of occupants in the building at one time in accordance with B.C. guidelines. All customers will be required to wear a mask and there will be hand sanitizer available in multiple locations so people can handle the pottery. The traffic through the show will be one way, but the exit leads to an exit ramp near the entrance so patrons can circle back in easily enough to buy that perfect item they passed up on the first trip. Despite the smaller contingency of potters on hand this year, the sale promises to offer a good variety of both functional and artistic pieces. Members typically use a variety of clay – stoneware, porcelain, and earthenware to produce

functional and one-of-a-kind pieces. They also use many different firing techniques – electric, gas, raku, and pitfire which partly explains the broad ranging results. “Most items are oriented to “Christmas gift” size and cost. No one (at the sale) would claim to be a wellknown artist, but we all have a group of followers who come strictly to buy one vendor’s wares. Sheila Macdonald has work which is the most different from the other work in terms of artistry and sculpture and Glen Mantie always has a few unique pieces to surprise us with. I have butter dishes which exhibit a unique science property (they keep butter fresh on the counter) but otherwise are within the range of functional ware,” said Condon. A little bit more of what’s in store at the sale includes a new potter to Kamloops. Louise Lencucha will be showing / selling pottery from Condon’s table. Lencucha recently moved to

Kamloops from Terrace. She will be offering her decorated cups and bowls with two dimensional art work on wheel thrown and hand built ceramics. “The biggest distinction between potters ...is whether they do hand building or wheel thrown pottery. I do pottery because I love throwing on the wheel so everything I make is based on a circle (or sphere). Sheila Macdonald doesn’t even own a wheel. The other distinction is whether a potter is purely interested in the form and glaze of the pots or they move to the more decorative application of detail in two dimensions on the pot surfaces. In rare cases, there is application of three dimensional detail to pottery. In other cases the pottery is completely free form sculpture and crosses over to ceramic art. In the end we have in common the clay and the firing,” said Condon. “Many thanks to Anne Rurak, one of the vendors, for finding this venue for us and getting it started. She will also be in the sale with her wheel thrown work with amazingly intricate detail of outdoor scenes,” said Condon. With something for every taste, the show will go on! Don’t forget your masks!

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What does an “unplanned career transition” mean for you? T he COVID-19 pandemic has unsettled the country’s employment picture for months and will likely continue to do so for a while. However, the nature and terminology of this disruption varies greatly among individuals – some have seen their financial focus jobs disappear, others have LILI A SEERY been “furloughed” and still Financial Advisor others 3.5” x 2.5” | Maximum Font Size: 30 pt have been offered an Member - Canadian Investor Protection Fund

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early retirement. If you’re in this final group – those either offered, or feeling forced to accept, an early retirement, how should you respond? Try to look at your situation holistically, rather than strictly in a short-term manner. Consider these four areas: • Retirement – What does retirement really look like to you? Are you ready to fully retire or would you like to work part time? Are you confident that you can work somewhere else for a few years before retiring on your own terms? If you’re not certain you can work elsewhere, how can you adjust your desired retirement lifestyle – what you planned to do, where you hoped to live, etc. – to meet your new reality? • Income – Just how financially affected you’ll be from an early retirement

depends on several factors: how much you’ve already saved and invested, whether you’re married and have a working spouse, whether you’ve paid off your mortgage, and so on. In any case, though, you’ll need to answer several questions, including these: Do I need to start taking withdrawals from my Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and my Registered Retirement Savings Account (RRSP)? If so, how much can I afford to take out each year without running the risk of outliving my resources? Should I adjust my current investment mix? If I haven’t yet started collecting my Canada Pension Plan (CPP)/Quebec Pension Plan (QPP), should I do so now, or can I afford to wait until my monthly payments will be bigger? Are there any other sources of income I can leverage?

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hy are people suing their neighbours more often in 2020? Simply put, they are spending way too much time at home! Property and Nuisance Law is founded on the ‘perils of proximity’ and the issue has become acute in 2020 with people stuck in their homes, living, working and recreating. The close proximity of neighbours has caused some to become overfocused on something that would otherwise be very insignificant because it wouldn’t be so near them all day. The City of Kamloops has a Good Neighbour Bylaw

49-1, which deals with noise, unsightly property, idling cars and construction hours – unfortunately some of the thresholds set out are very vague and one must look to other measures to establish the limits and requirements. Bylaw 49-1 says you cannot disturb the ‘quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of people in the neighbourhood’ – however, noise is subjective and there are some sensitive people out there. The Courts in B.C. have held that the World Health Organization ‘noise annoyance level’ is a better metric. Community noise is of course permitted, everyone has to mow their lawn and blow their leaves, but it should not interfere with normal communication in the neighbouring yard or home, on average 50 decibles during the day and 5 – 10 decibles lower at night. Noise and Yard Maintenance remain two of the biggest causes of neighbour disputes. For example, if a neighbour trims a tree that hangs over the property line into their yard, there can arise a

dispute if that is permitted. Private Property Law in B.C. is well established. A person or their property cannot trespass onto another property, so the branches of a neighbour’s tree affecting the use and enjoyment of the next property can be trimmed. However, the neighbour may only trim to the property line, cannot trespass onto other property to do the trimming and even if the tree itself is straddling the property line, neither neighbour can damage the structure of the tree or make the tree hazardous or unstable. If a tree, pool or retaining wall is unstable and affects the neighbouring property, the Law of Nuisance and Negligence apply. Homeowners are required to keep their property in a manner that does not detrimentally affect their neighbour. As such, the cost of the repair or removal of the damaged tree, the faulty pool or the fallen retaining wall falls to the neighbour responsible for that maintenance, although their home owner insurance should cover the cost to

repair the damage. If not, depending on the extent of the damage, it can be dealt with by litigation. Damage under $35,000 falls under the Provincial Court Small Claims jurisdiction; over $35,000 is the Supreme Court of B.C. jurisdiction; and Strata damage of any value falls under the Civil Resolutions Tribunal jurisdiction. It is important to remember that your neighbour may not even be aware that the retaining wall facing your home is failing, or the tree is leaning, or the air conditioner is noisy, because it faces your yard and they simply cannot see it. Have a conversation. Check your facts. And consult a lawyer if you believe that your property rights have been infringed to see if there is a process of which you can avail yourself. Starting off aggressively usually does not get the problem solved and may cause more. Don’t let it get that far.

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Physical distancing, selfisolation and quarantine have been a difficult transition for most British Columbians but they have been particularly challenging for residents of Kamloops living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their caregivers and family members. To help them, the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s tollfree phone line, the First Link® Dementia Helpline, provides support and information about dementia and memory loss until 8 p.m. Monday to Friday. People who call the helpline will be connected

to the full range of services offered through the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s First Link® dementia support programs. These include online education workshops for every stage of the journey, caregiver tele-support groups and community resources. In addition to crucial emotional support and a listening ear, callers can also access information about living with dementia during COVID-19, including practical strategies on a variety of topics, such as behavioural and communication challenges. “Someone might call in because they’re starting to see changes in themselves or someone close to them and want to learn more about the warning signs and how to get a diagnosis,” says Carly Gronlund, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Provincial Coordinator for the Dementia Helpline. “Most callers are caregivers who need to know who to call or where to turn. We guide them towards services that will help them build the

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As with other aspects held on Nov. 11, the afterceremony socializing will be much different as well. The Rocky Mountain Rangers armoury will not be open to the public. The ANAVETS Unit will be restricted to members only. The Legion will be restricted to members and Veterans only. With regards to the ANAVETS and the Legion, both locations are restricted as to the number of people who can be in the premises at any one time. Thus, visitors to either location, must be prepared to wait outside until entry is permitted. The Royal Canadian Legion anticipates that the number of Veterans involved in the ceremony will be approximately 20, leaving room for about 30 Veterans to attend. If you are a Veteran and would like to attend the ceremony, please contact the Legion. Preference will be given to WW2, Korea, and Afghanistan Veterans; however, all Veterans, including RCMP are encouraged and welcome to make contact to attend. Space is very limited at the

ceremony site. To advise your wish to attend, please send your name and phone number to craig.thomson@ legionbcyukon.ca. You will be advised prior to November 11th if you have been selected to attend. As the Keepers of Remembrance, the Royal Canadian Legion regrets having to exclude anyone from being part of the Remembrance Day Ceremony. We certainly hope this format will be a one-time occurrence. Please respect the need for a Veteransonly ceremony this year, and in spirit of our motto, this Remembrance Day will be ‘By Veterans – For Veterans’. Please show your respect and honour Veterans by adhering to these guidelines and watch the ceremony as it is live streamed. Respect, honour, and remembrance is a state of mind and is not tied to a specific time and place. Under the current circumstances and in new ways, members of the public will no doubt find personal time and space for remembrance and reflection.

skills and confidence to live well with dementia.” The evening hours were added in March this year as part of the Society’s plan to meet increased demand, particularly for support during evening hours. Since the pandemic began to dramatically affect our day-to-day life in March 2020, the helpline has seen a dramatic uptake in phone calls. Callers have shared a particular interest in communication strategies, with many caregivers wanting guidance on how to deal with questions about the pandemic. Others have sought support for feelings of stress, burn out, as well as information about longterm care and visits. “The late hours allow for us to be available for people in an extended way,” adds Gronlund. “Being available in the evenings provides people with the opportunity to finish work, ‘unpack’ and then call us for support and information. We understand the journey that people affected by dementia are on and how

overwhelming everything can feel, especially at the moment. We want to make ourselves as available as possible.” The helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. for anyone who would like information and support on dementia, memory loss or general brain health, by calling 1-800-936-603 (toll-free). No matter why a person calls the First Link® Dementia Helpline, Gronlund says, the goal is always the same: to make sure they get the support they need. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. also offers a First Link® Dementia Helpline in Punjabi (1-833-6745003), where individuals and families within South Asian communities can receive language- and culturally-specific support, as well as a helpline in Cantonese or Mandarin (1-833-674-5007). Both are available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. from Monday until Friday. Learn more at: alzbc.org/fldhl

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items a year per person. Some buy more, some much less, but that is an average. Now of all of those textiles made, 15 percent of wearable and only 1 percent of non-wearable are EVER recycled. The estimate suggests that 10 million tons of textiles end up in the landfill every year. This is really sad as there are many places to take textiles. There are charities such as the Diabetes donation boxes. You just have to look around, but for me one of my favourite places for non-wearable items would go to the SPCA to help the animals with bedding and cleaning and now their own charity which takes so much more. If it ended there I think that is enough reason to recycle more to save the landfill but it’s also the whole of our environment

that is helped when textile companies are not required to make more textiles. Due to the demand of new fashion, the number of new garments produced annually now exceeds 100 billion items. It takes 2,650 litres of clean water to make a single t-shirt. This causes a total of 1720 percent of all water pollution globally due to dyes and other chemicals. To run the machines to make the clothing … that’s one trillion kilowatt-hours a year (wow I would hate to get that bill!) or about 10 percent of our total global carbon impact. Time is short so I would like to thank “Waste Reduction Week In Canada” for most of these shocking stats and for you to learn more. I hope this helps you decide to reduce and re-use textiles going forward.

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ding on the heels of the dawning fall days, our quaint little city nestles into the escarpment of an old glacier scar, as a cloak of heavy fog drapes itself across the landscape. Our budding highrises disappear in this natural, magical act. But, navigating effortlessly, gliding like a meticulously crafted paper airplane out of the mist, floats the notorious Rock Pigeon. Its unique signature move of leaving excrement splattered across the sides of our structures and constant murmeling (I know, not a word but it fits!! Thanks Robert Munsch!), have left most with an abhorrent view of this rather colourful fowl. Please don’t be so hasty. For this seemingly unintelligent creature is actually rather fascinating! Pigeons are thought to understand the concepts of space and time. In 2017, a computer test involving a set of short lines and a set of long lines, was shown for either 2 or 4 seconds. The study revealed that the longer the length of the line the longer the

pigeon took to decipher it. Similar studies have been performed in humans and primates with similar results. Rock Pigeons are also one of the only other parents to produce a milk to feed their young. It is known as crop milk. The crop is a small area at the base of the esophagus used for food storage in birds. Special fluid filled cells begin to develop two days before the eggs hatch preparing for the formulation of the milk. Flamingos and Empire Penguins also produce crop milk and in all three species, male and female produce it. Rock Pigeons also hone in on the Earth’s magnetic field and Sun’s position to find its way home, even across vast distances. This trait was then utilized by The U.S. Army Signal Corps during the wars. One such Pigeon, MR. Cher Ami, was awarded the Croix de Guerre for his role in saving one hundred and ninety-four men known as the Lost battalion, on October 8, 1918. During World War I, The Corps employed close to 600 carrier pigeons. German machine gunners actually trained to not just spot, but effectively shoot down these feathered messengers with their MG 08s. This posed the threat of allied plans falling into enemy possession. However, on Oct. 2, 1918, more than 550 men became trapped in the forest of Argonne behind enemy lines and out of radio range. In an unfortunate event of friendly fire,

thirty men were lost to American artillery alone. Major Whittlesey was in command and watching in despair as pigeon after pigeon was viciously felled from the sky. Cher Ami….was his last. With a note that read “We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Your artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heavens sake’s stop it.” tied to his little ankle, Cher Ami bravely flew through the onslaught of enemy fire, dodging bullets as he went. But the hope swelling in the hearts of the Major and his trapped comrades soon perished, as Cher took a direct hit to the chest and plummeted to the ground. But this little bird wouldn’t give up. They watched in amazement as Cher rose from the ground and once again took to the skies. Half an hour later and over 25 miles with a bullet in his chest, Cher successfully delivered his message. Army Medics managed to save the little bird’s life; although he lost sight in one eye and his right leg was blown off. The next day shells began falling on German positions and firing ceased on the American lines saving the remaining 194 men’s lives. Cher Ami returned to the care of his trainer in the United States, where he died June 13, 1919 at Fort Monmouth. His body was preserved and to this day is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Stay curious Kamloops!

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KSO prepares chilling concert experience in time for Halloween The Kamloops Symphony is continuing its COVID-modified 2020-21 season with The Phantom of the Opera – a spine-tingling presentation of the groundbreaking 1925 silent horror film paired with a dramatic score created by Montreal composer Gabriel Thibaudeau. Digital streaming of the performance will begin on Oct. 31, with screenings at the Paramount Theatre on Nov. 8. Based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film about a deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in his attempts to make the woman he loves a star. The film remains famous to this day for star Lon Chaney’s ghastly, self-devised make-up. Silent films were never truly silent; they were almost always accompanied by a live musical score. As part of his illustrious 30-year career as a silent film accompanist, Canadian composer Gabriel Thibaudeau penned a stirring new score to accompany the gothic tale of The Phantom of the Opera in 1990. Performing this thrilling and cryptic score will be ten musicians from the Kamloops Symphony – two violins, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, piano, and percussion – led by the incomparable Dina Gilbert. Joining them in performance will be the KSO’s guest artist, soprano Magdalena How. Originally from Victoria, Magdalena is presently pursuing her master’s degree in Opera Performance at UBC, with a widely varied list of operatic roles and solo performances to her credit. The online experience of this multi-angle presentation will be available for viewing starting on Saturday, Oct. 31 and will continue to be accessible on demand until Sunday, Nov. 29. Additionally, for those who would prefer a big screen experience, the performance will be shown at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1:00 and 4:00 pm, in partnership with the Kamloops Film Society. Tickets for the online experience are $15 for an Individual or $25 for a Household Pass. Tickets for the screenings in Paramount Theatre are $20. All tickets will go on sale starting Tuesday, Oct. 13, and can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 250-374-5483 or www. kamloopslive.ca.

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he Cantabile Singers of Kamloops are presenting their 10th annual Remembrance Day performance, bringing together the community to remember and honour those affected directly and indirectly by war. This year the performance is presented with a shift to being an online experience due to COVID-19. The singers will all be recording themselves in isolation, with the individual videos being compiled together into a virtual choir performance. The resulting video will be available on the choir’s YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/cantabile-youtube) starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Ryan Noakes, who was appointed to the role of Music Director of the choir right at the start of the pandemic, says, “Our annual Remembrance Day performance is very important to us, and we know that it is also very important to many members of the community, so we wanted to make certain we were still able to present something in these unusual times.” Singers recording themselves separately is a distinctly different practice from the normal choir singing experience. Says Noakes, “You are used to being one of many voices together, and switching to recording yourself in isolation listening only to a click track is a big step outside of your comfort zone. It can be a very daunting task; you feel very vulnerable and your insecurities can run rampant. We did a virtual choir experiment in the summer and the singers rose to the challenge wonderfully.” Because a virtual choir project is a highly labourintensive undertaking, this year’s Remembrance Day performance will be much shorter than normal with a program of only four songs, including the world premiere of Ryan Noakes’ choral setting of the famous WWI poem In Flanders Fields. The Singers will be performing a moving selection of choral music, moving from expressing a feeling of grief and loss to a sense of hope for the future – fitting for both Remembrance Day and our current situation.

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Boys will be Boys: Daddy at the French Front

The inside story WENDY WESEEN


hen I moved into assisted living this summer, it was painful as I recycled, donated and sold things trying to make sure I kept vestiges of a worthy life of love and adventure. I’d rummaged through drawers I’d not looked in for years. I stumbled on a picture of my Dad taken when he enlisted in WWII. He looked 13. He was in army uniform, a heavy woollen overcoat with a broad collar and large lapels swallowed his slight body, and a swaggering Tam O’Shanter emphasized the smallness of his head. He stood in his signature stance, arms crossed in front of him, his hands in the crux of his elbows, a reverent look on his face as if he was going to Sunday School. I stared into the photograph searching for signs of myself he might have passed onto me. While my father had lived in fissures of mud at the French front breathing man fragments, my mother held down the fort on the home front with roly-poly pudding, poached eggs and

toasted soldiers. When injured soldiers became evacuated back to England from the beaches of northern Europe, my father was one of them when he took on pneumonia and a collapsed lung, “I was chucked in ‘ta back o’ lorry,” he said, “fell dead as a doornail for 48 hours. Woke up in different lorry. By gum, that was a near miss.” That’s where his recall ended. Yet how it must have been at those beaches haunts me - men on stretchers triaged by medical crews, men finding ways to bathe, chain smoke through a new supply of cigarettes, and reading letters from home. Tucked under the picture of my dad I pulled out a baby picture of me howling from under the hood of a perambulator

probably already soaked in the sounds, songs, and syllables of war in my mother’s womb. “Daddy at the French front,” nostalgia of bluebirds ‘Over the White Cliffs of Dover’ and sirens funnelling a fumbling grandmother into her corset, summoning a father to swaddle his baby boy into air raid shelters and a mother to grab an alreadyprepared baby bottle I still use to dampen clothes to be ironed. “Hurry Mom,” my mother would have said as the air raid shelter yawned open. But it was about victory then. Austerity was downplayed and built character. Mom, Dad, my older brother and baby sister - squatted in abandoned houses for two years and in fear there will


Walter Robinson, (1918 – 1991), Age 22, 1940, Highland Light Infantry at the onset of WWII

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not be enough sustenance to go around. Now I still have a strong reaction to air raid shelter sirens in war movies. I reject aggression or violence as a solution to world and daily life difficulties, but on Remembrance Day the business of unravelling my childhood crops up. This year we are even more challenged to make changes



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to a belief system acquired in childhood when aggressive approaches to solving problems is still the primary norm of powerful men defining how the world should be. The plight of the planet and COVID-19 has uncovered “truths” and to change from long standing beliefs and childhood feelings to a new way of thinking.

57. British-designed light bomber used in Canada for coastal reconnaissance during WWII 62. Traipse about 63. Not fastened down 64. Very interested by 65. For the second time over 66. Thu. preceder 67. Rt. hand man, say DOWN 1. US Medical Research Agcy. (abbr.) 2. Letters before a fake name 3. One who uses a lot of talc 4. Vegas singer Paul, born in Ottawa 5. “Quiet, please!” 6. Jack-in-the-pulpit family 7. Actress Spelling of “Trick” 8. List-shortening abbr. 9. Wide-brimmed straw hat 10. Treats for the dog 11. Toboggans’ cousins 13. Start of a many a refrain 14. Turkey serving 17. And all the other report contributors 18. Impart gradually 22. Sherry holder 23. Vascular eye layer 25. Get all entangled

I see the predominant response to current crises of our planet - a virus runaway, the cry of the earth, escalating wars, shootings, and genocide. I’m acutely aware of the continued adversarial nature of both political and human interactions. Yet here I am because my father fought and did not die.

27. Baba’s opening word 29. Cicero was one 30. Provide the wedding feast 31. Like old clocks with hands 35. Apple, to Tell 38. Pitchers’ warm up spots 39. ___ the Great, Holy Roman emperor 40. Gather the grain 42. Fatty tissue compound 44. Resident since birth 45. Small fly-catching bird 46. University VIP 47. Hooded snake 48. Manitoulin Island’s lake 53. Soft, eerie light 54. Symphonic wind 56. Islamic division 58. Work with a Singer 59. Trippy stuff, in brief 60. “___ Showtime!” 61. Verbal witticism

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by Betty Cadre We all don’t have partners, We all don’t have pets and We all don’t have pals that come and spend awhile with a visit. Some have very lonely nights, Some have very lonely days, Some have very lonely memories and spend too much time with tears.

Longing for an end to this Pandemic, Longing for peace and the hate to stop, Longing for calm and patience to deal, with our thoughts and to help others. Reaching out to help a friend in need, Reaching out to a stranger and pay it forward, Reaching out to change, from loneliness, to gratitude, to humility and acceptance. It is within our reach to slow it down It is within our grasp to be safe and strong, It is within our grasp to hope, for a better Life, in this troubling time and be smarter, in keeping others, as well as ourselves safe.

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Fall/Winter Vehicle Prep

By Gary Miller, Retired Service Advisor & Certified Automotive

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She’s always been the independent type.

was talking to a few neighbours about the introduction of Fall 2020 and the “todo” list of upcoming chores. Some of them include clearing out the garden crops, putting away the RV as discussed last month and last but not least our vehicles of transportation, our daily beasts of burden. Since having multiple vehicles in the driveway I petitioned myself to spend the day installing winter tires and necessary services to them. When changing tires it was worth my while to purchase a good floor jack, safety stands and a cordless impact gun. The gun, by the way, travels with me every where, especially when I go out of town, the shorter the exposure to the elements during an emergency road tire change the better. For safety sake use impact sockets with the tool, a regular socket may split when in use on an impact gun. Be sure to get one that will meet your needs, a 140-150 ft/lb torque rating will work for most cars and a 250-350 ft/lb for trucks. Please remember, it is recommended to put the best tires on the rear of the vehicle to decrease the potential of rear end spin-out when making turns on slippery winter roads. Of course, I have to mention this, any travel on provincial highways as of Oct. 1st, requires the

use of tires marked with the snow flake and M+S, motorcycles exempt. (Had to add that last bit just to please a friend.) As I mentioned last year, more and more people have taken the advice of carrying a battery booster kit with them. They cost anywhere from $100 for one that will work on a 4 cylinder engine up to the $150 range for one that will help fire up a diesel. Be sure to recharge them every four months although they will keep a charge for six, but why push the envelope? These booster kits can be recharged while you drive and also serves a function as a power pack for a cell phone or computer all wrapped in a neat little package. Now that we are ready to travel how about those new winter wiper blades, it’s nice to be able to see through a dirty window which also goes to say use a cold weather windshield antifreeze. After you have topped

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Seniors and Their Vintage Cars (and Motorcycles!) Herman and Kathy Kovacs By Dick Parkes,

Kamloops chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada


n previous articles, we have focused mainly on the owners of vintage cars, but as Herman Kovacs is now specializing entirely in vintage motorcycles, this story will be a little different. Having an in-depth interview with our members always seems to turn up many details of their interesting lives that we did not know of before, and Herman and Kathy did not disappoint. Herman was born in Austria in 1940 and because of the war, he was brought up by his grandfather and aunt. In 1943, Kathy was born in Ukraine, which had become part of Germany at that time. After the war, an uncle of Herman’s in Edmonton sponsored his family to immigrate to Canada and they boarded a ship in 1948. Coincidentally, on the exact same day that Herman’s family was landing in Halifax, Kathy and her family were boarding another ship to Canada, eventually ending up in Regina. After arriving in the Edmonton area, Herman’s family took up residence in Stony Plain and his father, who was a shoemaker specializing in boots and orthopaedic shoes, opened his shop. At nine years of age, Herman was taken under his father’s wing and

began learning the art of shoemaking. Several years later, disaster struck and the shop burned down and Herman’s father moved the family to Vancouver where he opened another shop in the Village on the U.B.C campus. While attending high school, Herman continued to work in the shoemaker shop and upon graduating, he intended to carry on working there, but his father knew that there was no future in the shoemaking business and encouraged him to further his education. Herman took his father’s advice, enrolling at U.B.C. and graduated with a degree in psychology and began working for the Province as a mental health social worker at Essondale. As fate would have it, Kathy had grown up in Regina, becoming a Registered Nurse, and when she came to Essondale to take a course, she met Herman. They were married in 1967 and their wedding car was a 1966 Rambler Classic 660. Herman’s next job was as a supervisor in the City of Calgary Child Welfare Department, then to Financial Services and then the Probation Department counselling teenagers. In between two more stints at U.B.C. to obtain his masters degree, Herman and

Kathy drove to Ontario in a 1969 Dodge Dart for a few months of work there. Upon obtaining his masters degree, Herman and Kathy put down roots in Dawson Creek, where he was Supervisor of Social Services for 15 years. It was during this time their son was born. One car owned while there was a ‘63 Ambassador 880 and later Herman commuted to work every day in a 1970 Ford ¾ ton pickup truck, which was not very efficient, so Herman purchased a 250 cc Yamaha motorcycle from a neighbour. He rode it to the office instead of the truck and this kindled his interest in bikes. After 15 years in Dawson Creek, the family moved to Merritt where Herman and a friend started a BMW motorcycle club that has since expanded to include 150 members in B.C., Alberta and Washington state. While in Merritt, continuing his love of American Motors vehicles, he bought his first vintage car, a very rare ‘65 AMC Ambassador 990 convertible he saw advertised in Calgary. This car was originally black, but he had it repainted red and it was gorgeous. The Kovacs final moves were to Cranbrook, where Herman retired and then to Kamloops where they have resided ever since, joining the Vintage Car Club in 2003. The Ambassador was the subject of an article in the CANADIAN CLASSICS magazine and was the feature car in our 2004 Easter Parade. This car was

sold about four years ago to a couple in Kelowna and Herman now concentrates on his three BMW motorcycles. His first BMW, an 800 cc R-80 was purchased in Dawson Creek and was traded for a brand new (red) ‘86 750 cc K75 RC. Later, he also became the owner of a blue ‘83 800 cc R80 and an ‘85 650 cc R65. Although his bikes are licensed with collector plates, Herman believes in using them and a couple of years ago, along with his friend from Merritt, they drove their vintage bikes up the Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle. Unfortunately, his Merritt friend passed away, but Herman continues to make solo trips including a twoweek drive to Manitoba, a month long excursion to the Maritimes and another two-week trip to Alaska, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Since joining the Vintage Car Club, Kathy has spent many years as our “coffee lady,” serving refreshments at our meetings, and Herman has taken on the job of introducing our new members with articles in our Club newsletter. Herman’s other talents include being an accomplished accordion player with the Old Time Fiddlers group and he was a ski instructor at Sun Peaks for 13 years. At 80 years of age, Herman still does all of the maintenance on his bikes and continues to take them for drives, just like yesterday when he tooted his horn as he and a friend rode by our house. Ride on, Herman!

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Zone 8 Starts Year-end Wrap Up, Looks to 55+ BC Games in 2021 By Linda Haas


here was some normality to our Annual General Meeting on Oct. 15. Reports came in from the Director, President, Registrar and Treasurer. Unfortunately, their size was limited due to the lack of activity thanks to Coronavirus. The good news is that we elected incumbent President Peter Hughes, Registrar Heather Sinclair, and welcomed new Director Heather Sirianni from Revelstoke. Sharon Green will continue as Treasurer until February, as we transition to a new treasurer. Please consider accepting this very vital position in the Zone 8 executive, as we cannot afford to let it become vacant. Many thanks to our outgoing Director, Monty Kilborn. Monty has done an excellent job representing Zone 8 on the BC Seniors Games Society Board, and

bringing back information to Zone 8 members. We are pleased that Monty will continue as men’s golf coordinator. In case you are wondering how we managed to hold an AGM in these COVID times, we ZOOMed through it with enough participants for a legal quorum. A lot of credit goes to President Peter who had the added challenges of chairing a virtual meeting with many participants who had not previously attempted this meeting medium. It worked! The 55+ BC Games are not the only organization affected by COVID restrictions. We are proud of those who represent Canada here and abroad, and those who served and sacrificed in earlier times. The normal Nov. 11 ceremonies that the public has appreciated have to be limited to invited guests

only in order to keep spectator numbers low. Even without the usual parade and flyover, though, we send our thoughts and thanks to the veterans and current armed forces members. By January, we should know what sports will be offered at the Games in Victoria next September. Keep reading this much appreciated friend of the 55+ BC Games, The Connector, as “return to normality” slowly progresses. And finally, I’m going to start a new mini series from an old article by Jeff Herring of Knight Ridder Newspapers, called “10 ways to stop procrastinating.” One: Begin. Even if you do just one thing. The hardest thing about taking care of something you have been putting off is to begin. Take a small step or a big step. Just begin.

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at St. Andrews On The Square We are looking forward to a full season of wonderful events, starting with the: Thompson Valley Potter’s Guild Show - November 7, 10am–4pm. This features super talented local potters and their amazing, creative works.

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Christmas at The Square, November 21, 10am–3pm. The 20 th annual event features local artisans and their incredible crafts. Wow, what an awesome time to pick up unique gift for the folks on your shopping list!

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This year we will have a sing a long in the park and then our local fire fighters will light up the tree. This is a way to help bring awareness & support to The Big Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Center for children who are victims of maltreatment . Our indoor event is cancelled but we can spread out in the park and welcome the Christmas season with song & lights.



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Chronicals of Patsy's Passion Story by Rita Joan Dozlaw


ooking out the bay window at the colours of autumn, Pat Sydney and I reminisced of seasons past and remembered our high school years when her favorite colour in all the world was yellow. Absolutely any shade of it would do, and her bedroom, which was quite a large den in her family’s home, reflected perpetual spring daffodils and saucy autumn marigolds. Over Patsy’s teen years, her parents housed a string of pastel-plumed songbirds in the den—beginning with their canary, Christy. That was around the time we first met and I nicknamed my new friend ‘Patsy’ because of the connection between the sounds of her first and last names. I immediately recognized her passion for yellows. Their first canary was followed by Sir Percival Tweeps, then Nugget and Oscar. Down to the last of her beauties, at her graduation her parents gave her Nugget II who turned out to be the best singer of them all. The room with its huge bay window where her desk sat, was hers and the menagerie of birds’ sanctuary. On the small digital piano keyboard in a corner, my friend improvised and made up songs to accompany the male canaries who could carry a tune to any instrumental melody. Patsy and I recalled the soft silk shirt I borrowed and didn’t want to return; for, it had a feathery sheen. We wonder, even now, what she ever did with it. Funny how she lavished her days with mellow yellows. In fact, the way she’d get through a hectic season of classes was to grab power naps on frilly floral shams and relax her limbs over the firm hospital-style sheets which, earlier, picked up the scent of fresh air on the clothesline. Back then, she’d glance at the walls hoping their jaundiced tones would someday be painted out, but that didn’t happen. Nevertheless, with a lamp glowing while we studied after supper or on a Saturday with sunlight filtering in, the room always appeared cheery to me. As we studied, Patsy could choose any shade of ‘highlighter’ markers

but, of course, her reports, essays and notes were marked with streaks of indelible citron yellow. Down the pages, like an old 1800s ‘Yellow Kid’ comic strip, important info was highlighted. As obvious as the flashy gold-tailed finch at the feeder or the shiny koi out in the pond, yellowyarn tails of my friend’s bookmarks dangled from the pages of her books identifying sections to concentrate on. Outside under the window, tarty butterflies darted around the yellowcentred daisies flanking the yard. Surprising to me, Yellowjackets were tolerated because Patsy figured un-sociables could be intriguing. It all inspired her poetic heart to jot jingles down the margins of her notebooks. The nosy faces of sunflowers near a fence peered up, with us, at the changing skies when vapor trails drew swirls on the atmosphere. Entering the yard you took a foot path beside the welcoming peach and yellow rose bush which Patsy said represented friendship. Other flowers in a totally opposite spectrum of primary colours strengthened her resolve… and eventually mine, to tackle homework as their scents permeated through the screens. On the desk, a potted yellow primrose didn’t do so well… reminding, with its dreary flaxen-tipped leaves, not to be so generous with the china pitcher of water. In the back storage room, Patsy easily imagined the less-than-authentic ‘70s shag carpet to be slim, saffron-green blades of grass at her feet. The colours matched the rockfish wallpaper behind the shelves. There, she’d select a jar of brushes and a tray of watercolours to do her imagining on paper. She complained that ochre and other pigments of egg yolk ran out long before other puddles of colour because they made the loveliest background washes for her drawings to come through magically—like a swirl of butterscotch the shade of hills around Kamloops at sun set. It is no wonder she got exasperated when a smear of brown with

gold highlights ran out like Yellowleg Sandpipers from her tray. I was at Patsy’s once when their land-line phone broke up our chitchat. Closest to it, I picked up the call for her and, while scribbling a message out with a handy gel pen, Patsy’s little brother bolted in on us. Seeing what I was writing with, he hollered “There’s my yellow!” Guilty. That same day, Patsy tried to colour my mouse-brown hair with a home hair-colour kit of sun-kissed blonde… but my hair turned brassy!

She commented seriously, “I could get use to brass, couldn’t you?” “No way! Not on my head!” The next day, she used a new colour-wash on my hair and it turned a more acceptable shade of ash blonde, luckily, because grad was just around the corner. “You girls ready for some cake?” Patsy’s mom often served fluffy yellow cake from a mix and like a dog trained to sniff out yellows, I squealed once, “Hey, our cake’s even yellow!” On that last summer

after high school, Patsy and I reminisced over the autumns past when we’d go into a new grade together. We recalled with nostalgia the perpetually sunny area we shared with its Beechnut trees swaying outside the window of the yellow-as-a sapsucker’sbelly house. I learned from my BFF that a yellow front door is not only very inviting but it brings good luck to all who enter. It turned out to be completely true; for, we passed all our finals and showed up at our grad event in purple

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"I look to the hills..." Colouring outside the lines REV. LEANN BLACKERT Wild Church


n the ancient story of the Christian church, a poet once wrote these words:

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businesses. But, like the forests, we will adapt. Where this disease has marked us will one day be recoloured with new life, new ways of living, new ways of being in community with one another. Already our online gatherings have opened us to communities without regional borders. My book group now includes people from across Canada as well as someone from the east coast of the U.S. We are a creative and resilient people. Who knows what this world will look like in five years. I hope it will look better as we learn again how to be a compassionate people who understand that every life has worth, whether human or more than human. I look to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Creator who made heaven and earth. In this time of

to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus. Hand sanitizer greets us at store entrances, and we wash our hands while humming or singing songs of at least 20 seconds. Our lives reflect the damage this season of disease and death has brought. As I look at these hills, though, I am reminded that this season will one day pass. There will be lamenting for what this pandemic has meant in terms not just of our physical health, but also for the very painful economic suffering that many are experiencing. There will be deep grieving for those who do not survive. We still don’t know or understand the long term impacts of this disease. And again, we cannot really speak in terms of recovery because we can never recover what has been lost: lives, time with friends and family, jobs,

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Drake first thing in the morning and get an answer to that question,” said Alice. Two months ago we opened our own crematorium. I’m proud to say that it’s the only locally owned (indeed, the only Canadian owned) crematorium in Kamloops. I’ve learned a lot about the cremation process over the past several weeks. So, I was delighted to help ease Alice’s mind when she called. “Alice” I said, “when we took Murray from the funeral home to our crematorium we followed several detailed steps to ensure that everything was done properly.” I went on to explain the steps. “First, we made sure that we had the required paperwork in place. This included a copy of the form you signed giving us permission to cremate Murray, as well as a document called the ‘Disposition Permit and Acknowledgment of Registration of Death’.” This permit is issued by the Province of BC, Vital

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his story begins with a warning. The introduction by Lewis Mackenzie, Major-General (retired), implodes “the great Canadian Peacekeeping myth” with an overview of the United Nations’ efforts to keep warring factions apart with a minimal UN armed force while diplomatic efforts proceed to resolve underlying issues. Lewis states, “Those readers who have a touchy-feely image of peacekeeping and peacekeepers should probably stop reading at this point. Those who want to have a better idea of why post-Cold War “peacekeeping” should be approached with scepticism and caution – read on!” Do note that the book’s title is “Ghostkeepers,” not “Peacekeepers.” Scott Casey, as a child, lived in the 100 Mile House region of B.C. He became interested in cadets, training with the Rocky Mountain Rangers in Kamloops, then immediately after, joined the Canadian Armed Forces. He exerted himself to master all aspects of the training, including physical fitness and survival skills for soldiers in wartime, such as escape and evade, excelling in leadership. Not long after, his unit was transferred to Germany, a popular posting for Canadian soldiers. Training continued, including invaluable exercises on fighting in a built-up, urban setting, places where the risk of death was great, just one type of battleground the UN forces would find themselves in. Canada responded

when the United Nations requested help in the debacle that was Yugoslavia torn apart in ethnic atrocities. In March of 1992 The Battle Group that Casey was part of went by train from Germany to Croatia, the first UN troops to arrive there. Part of their job after a stint in Croatia was to protect the Sarajevo airport, critical for supplies of humanitarian aid. Casey’s job as driver to the Commanding Officer meant he was in the middle of a wide variety of literally and figuratively explosive situations, landmines, artillery fire, and snipers all requiring hyper vigilance. Casey’s remarkable alertness, adeptness with weapons and machinery, combined with sensitivity to the atrocities against civilians, result in a compelling description of events there. Vivid details of the sights, sounds, and smells of war roll off the pages like flash grenades illuminating the split seconds of destruction, death, and chaos. Remarkable acts of compassion, kindness, raw courage, and tenderness contrast starkly with the horror. The job of the UN forces was to disarm the warring factions. Possibly the top leaders of the factions agreed to the laying down of arms, but the reality in the field was far different. The sight of the blue berets/ helmets of the UN troops, and their distinctive white trucks with black markings, did not automatically mean the combatants backed off. Frequently, it was the UN troops who were under attack. It could be hard

to identify which faction was attacking, or where they were attacking from. Fortunately, the UN troops were allowed to defend themselves if attacked, and the courage of Major General Lewis, for one, resulted in the Canadians utilizing non-UN approved heavy-duty equipment, saving Canadian lives. Nevertheless, the Balkan War devastated the civilian population. The UN troops witnessed humanity at its worst. The details are hard even to read. Casey becomes one of many whose mental health disintegrates. (Another warning: the prelude to his story is his “daymare” or daytime nightmare of him readying to pull the trigger on an elderly woman approaching him, her family’s lone survivor of ethnic violence.) The brotherhood of his army buddies is the main stabilizing force for Casey, as is his love of his daughter. Scott J. Casey now advocates on behalf of veterans, “…those who become what others do not want to be, go where others fear to go, and do what others cannot…” Helping veterans and first responders dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is his focus. He lives near Kamloops and is a heavy equipment operator. Especially during this Remembrance Day, when attendance at the ceremonies will be restricted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, let us honour our veterans in a manner meaningful to us.

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Though hearing loss is not reversible, most cases are easily treatable.

What to do if you have hearing loss You can start with your doctor or general practitioner (GP), who will most likely refer you to a hearing healthcare professional. Or, you can go directly to a hearing healthcare professional, like an otolaryngologist (ENT doctor), audiologist or hearing aid specialist. The goal is to find a professional who specializes in hearing: someone who has the equipment, training and expertise to thoroughly evaluate your hearing and work with you to develop a personalized treatment solution. Experts also recommend you treat hearing loss sooner rather than later. Study after study have linked untreated hearing loss to an array of issues like depression, anxiety, increased risk of falls and hospitalizations, and even dementia. Also, the longer you live with impaired hearing, the longer and harder it will be to recover once treatment starts.

Getting Help... If hearing loss is confirmed during your appointment with a hearing healthcare professional, you’ll most likely be prescribed hearing aids. Hearing aids are by far the most common way to treat hearing loss. They can help the majority of people who have hearing loss, especially if the hearing aids have been fit by an experienced professional. Just as every person is unique, every person’s hearing needs are unique. That’s why it’s important that if you do get hearing aids, they are fit, programmed and customized to your specific hearing and lifestyle needs — and that you have access to proper follow-up and aftercare treatment. Like other high-tech devices, hearing aids have improved significantly in recent years. They’ve become smaller, offer improved sound quality, and include new capabilities like fitness tracking, fall detection and language translation.

Hearing testing, hearing aid fittings and hearing aid programming by appointment only. PLEASE CALL 250-372-3090 TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT. Drop in for a cleaning! Please knock and we will be happy to assist you. 414 Arrowstone Drive Kamloops, BC 250.372.3090 Toll Free 1.877.718.2211 Email: info@kamloopshearingaidcentre.ca or online at:

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