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Make Mother’s Day Special M other’s Day is a great time of year to honour mothers and attempt to give back just a portion of the tireless love and devotion moms offer their children. Some children provide large gestures, while others feel it’s the little things that can help a mom feel appreciated. For those needing a little inspiration, consider these ideas. Obviously it will take a little more creativity to celebrate mom during COVID-19 if she isn’t already in your bubble, but do make sure to be careful no matter what you do as we cope with the race between the variants and the vaccines. • Make or order a breakfast with her favourite morning treats and deliver it or have it delivered. • Enjoy a movie together. Let

her pick the flick and share her favourite film with you, virtually or IRL if she’s in your bubble. • Put together a collage of photos from moments you have shared with mom or your family and present it to her. • Cook a meal together and learn about everyone’s favourite recipes or the family history. This is another thing you can do virtually. • Give her a locket with your photo inside and have a duplicate you can wear containing her photo. • Customize a coffee mug, tote bag or a blanket with a meaningful sentiment or photo. • Treat mom to a day off from her chores. Tackle all of the jobs she normally does for the family. • Bake a delicious dessert that mom will absolutely devour. • Pamper mom with a gift card for her favourite nail salon

or spa treatment. • Prepare a jar of mom’s favourite candies wrapped in pieces of paper that have loving sentiments written on them. • Compile a playlist of songs and artists mom prefers and download them to her phone. • Begin a charm bracelet tradition by purchasing a charm bracelet and a new charm each year that represents a meaningful memory you both shared. • Write a new email each day with an inspirational quote or special words of love for mom. • Tackle a task that she may not want to do herself, such as washing the exterior of her car and vacuuming the interior. Mother’s Day gift ideas should come from the heart and can show mothers near and far how much they are appreciated and loved.

Ways to commemorate Mother’s Day when Mom has passed away People approach Mother’s Day in unique ways when their mother has been laid to rest. While Mother’s Day may be painful for people who have lost their mothers, there are ways to make the day special. 1. Take a heartfelt moment to really think about what made Mom tick and brought joy to her life. Pay homage to her in some significant way. 2. Get together with siblings or other family members

virtually and remember the happy times, comfort each other and laugh together. 3. Celebrate the day by doing things to ensure Mom’s spirit and personality live on. 4. Reminisce by looking through family albums. 5. Enjoy your favourite childhood meal and offer a toast in her honour.


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Buttergate: The Latest Controversy Plaguing Our Food System By Sandra Frangiadakis, Kamloops Food Policy Council


n case you’ve had the feeling recently that your butter doesn’t melt the way it used to, you’re not alone, and you may be onto something. In a controversy dubbed “Buttergate,” Calgary baker and food blogger Julie Van Rosendaal exposed the use of palm fat additives by the Canadian dairy industry and came up with the theory that it is changing the consistency and melting point of our butter. Rosendaal became curious when a number of people mentioned to her that they had noticed butter did not get soft at room temperature anymore

and was harder to spread on their toast or muffins. She did a bit of research and found out that, “Palm fat is marketed to farmers as a way to boost output and increase the butterfat content of the resulting milk” and has become routinely added to dairy cow feed. She theorized that the addition of palm fat to the dairy cows’ diet has increased the ratio of saturated to unsaturated fat in the butter produced from that milk and made it stay more solid at room temperature. According to the Dairy Farmers of Canada, “There are many different factors that can have subtle impacts on the taste, texture and the melting point of butter, including differences in a cow’s diet from one region to another or from one season to the next.” They are doing everything they can to reassure Canadian consumers that our dairy farmers hold themselves to the highest standards and that our butter is healthy and safe. Whether there is any truth

to the anecdotal accounts of harder-to-melt butter has yet to be proven, but this is about more than the quality of Canadian butter. A quick scan of recent opinion letters to The Globe and Mail shows that many Canadians are up in arms over this issue and feel they’ve been duped by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. The palm oil industry has come under increasing criticism in recent years for its devastating effects on the environment, including deforestation of valuable tropical rainforests and destruction of crucial orangutan habitat in Indonesia and Malaysia. Many people intentionally avoid any products with palm oil for environmental, animal welfare, and health reasons. To find out they’ve been inadvertently supporting the palm oil industry through consumption of dairy is not sitting well with a lot of folks. Dairy Farmers of Canada is taking these consumer concerns seriously, and has created a working

group of experts, including representation from the Consumers Association of Canada, to look into the issue and make recommendations, and in the interim, is asking dairy farmers to consider alternatives to palm supplements. This story serves as a reminder that the industrial food system is not set up for our benefit, and we often don’t really know what we’re eating. We can be quite sure that palm fat wasn’t chosen as a dairy cow feed additive with the health and welfare of

consumers in mind, but rather because it was a cost-effective alternative. And whether or not its use in dairy feed is found to be safe and healthy is not the main issue here. As consumers, we have the right to know what is in our food and how it is produced. In this case, it was just the curiosity and persistence of Ms. Rosendaal that brought the story to light and alerted the public to what was going on.

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The Rivertown Players will prevail! The possibilities are endless this summer for the popular children’s theatre troupe By Elizabeth Nygren, Kamloops Arts Council


f you haven’t heard their name, you should sometime soon. The infamous Kamloops theatre troupe hopes to be back for another funfilled summer, whether that be online or inperson, performing free theatre for the children of Kamloops. In the past, the Kamloops Rivertown Players have performed shows for children in parks all over Kamloops, moving from Riverside Park all the way up to Sun Peaks, but last year’s season completely flipped the switch on children’s theatre. Having to adapt to a pandemic and a majority of the world moving online, the Rivertown Players adjusted their strategy and created free theatre online with live activities after each performance. Morgan Benedict, a Rivertown Player from their 2020 season, considered the adaptation challenging but ultimately rewarding. “It kind of pushed where I was comfortable with and it expanded my knowledge of working with groups

and working with varied experience levels of artists,” Benedict said. She said that it helped to “build my knowledge and understanding of theatre and of different avenues that I may not have thought of before. I think I got a lot out of it.” Although this was a season like none other, the Rivertown Players persevered to create the best possible shows for the children of Kamloops and beyond. By including puppets, songs and virtual elements, each of the four shows was different from one another, showcasing the Players’ personality and fostering creativity. “We each wrote one show, and we made the costumes, the props, we figured out camera angles and we wrote the scripts and then we workshopped the scripts,” Benedict said. “We filmed them, and we broadcasted them live and hosted and tried to make as many engagement activities within each stream as we could just to keep everything new and different and fresh.” Benedict added that they were always busy as they also performed live shows at Sun Peaks and

participated in various workshops with trained professionals. But more than just providing local children’s theatre for free, the Rivertown Players is an opportunity for young people to work in a field that they are interested in. “It provides free theatre to children, but it also gives four young people work for the summer and work that they are wanting to be doing,” Benedict said. “It gives them something within a field that they are interested in and opportunity to learn and grow.” This year’s season of the Rivertown Players promises to provide free theatre to children, whether that be virtual or in person. At this point, it’s hard to say what it will look like exactly, but regardless, you should keep an eye out for the great work that is sure to come! To stay up to date on what the Rivertown Players will get up to, check out their social media pages, @rivertownplayers on Instagram and Kamloops Arts Council’s Rivertown Players on Facebook.

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I resisted the temptation to discuss the pandemic here last month in this spot and I’m glad that I did, because some of what I would have said might have been premature. I think we were collectively feeling super optimistic with the arrival of vaccines combined with the promise and relief of spring. While it has been an amazing spring, weather-wise, thus far, our excitement had to be My two cents tempered by further restrictions Moneca Jantzen and unwanted news that a third Editor wave of COVID-19 is upon us. The vaccine rollout can’t happen fast enough with the variants lurking amongst us. Clearly, we are all chomping at the bit to socialize, travel, feel free again, to not have to live these tiny, little COVID lives. It is important to not put too much pressure on ourselves while we go through this exceptional time. The main goal is to get through it without losing the plot. Hopefully, most of us have managed at least that and if not, we have sought help along the way. I have noticed that there are more and more offerings of free counseling as well as numerous local organizations that are continually facilitating acts of kindness and getting people what they need to get by. Even as the months have worn on and some people are reaching their breaking point, it is heartening to see that most are still capable of being generous and kind. After so many months, my focus has finally turned, once more, to an earnest attempt to improve my health. I wish I hadn’t let the pandemic sidetrack my good intentions, but I’m not about to beat myself up. We’re all doing the best we can. COVID and obesity are apparently not a good combination so while I’m in relatively good health despite my age and weight, I know I can do better if I can just overcome my hypothyroidism, arthritis, inflammation and menopause! This should be fun... Body positivity is great, but not when things start to go wrong. By the same token, thin people can have all of these problems as well so its not just about the weight. Frankly, I have been happy to see that some in the medical community are finally acknowledging the science behind obesity and recognizing what a complex issue it truly is. Blaming the victim serves no helpful purpose and it should be treated like any other health issue because we are not all sitting on the couch eating bonbons. Our bodies are genuinely not functioning properly and for us “lifers,” they never really have. But I digress, that’s entirely another topic and issue. I am trying an eating plan that helps minimize inflammation and am also trying to work in more exercise despite my fatigue and bad knees. I won’t be running any marathons, but am doing some rowing workouts, walking and gardening. I look forward to going swimming again as well. So far so good. No miraculous improvements, of course, but I will persevere because it is necessary and the right thing to do. My routine was getting boring anyhow. I even started sharing meals with my 83-year-old mother to mixed reviews. Most of the time she enjoys the offerings, however, as she’s an octogenarian, I respect her choice to enjoy the things she enjoys. Her favourite treats will remain on her menu—in moderation! Ultimately there’s nothing big going on in my tiny little COVID life and it feels kind of lame as I watch all this crazy stuff going on in the world. I feel that all I can do is tend to the small things. I keep the household running; let the dogs out at appropriate intervals; keep them from barking; juggle my work with daily chores and count my blessings that my family and I have a place to remain relatively safe and content. Part of me wishes that I was doing something big and important, but I don’t know what that could be, so my number one job has been to just get through this the best way I know how. Thankfully there are other people that are capable of doing big, important things during this time, such as our amazing essential and front line workers. I guess the trick is if we keep our lives small, they can hopefully get through this thing safely too. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there. Everyone take good care and we’ll chat again next month.

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Time to Travel? Is it AWD vs 4WD for Love or Revenge? By Gary Miller, Retired Service Advisor & Certified Automotive Specialist Submitted by Heather Purnell


ith the increased number of people being vaccinated, and our pent up demand for getting out of our houses, it is no wonder that we are starting to dream about going on vacation. Whether it is a local staycation or a family rental, when it is safe to go, choose your best options. Right now, staying close to home can be RV rentals, some bus and rail tours, and even vacation rental properties. Many of these local options are available and very safe - utilizing COVID protocols. Remember, though, to always follow provincial recommendations! Having said that, I know that a lot of people are talking about ‘revenge’ travel. This is the type of travel where we are ‘getting back at this pandemic’ for being forced to stay home, so many people are planning their dream vacations. Are you thinking of your bucket list and when you

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The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s online in Kamloops honors

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he Alzheimer Society of B.C. is encouraging Kamloops residents to show people affected by dementia their support by registering and fundraising for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s. The event is the Society’s largest fundraiser. This year, participants are encouraged to walk their own way throughout May, before joining together for an online celebration on Sunday, May 30. While participants are encouraged to participate in honor of people in their own lives who have been affected by dementia, they can also walk for the event’s dedicated honorees in Kamloops: Anne and Mel Campbell. When Mel first started showing symptoms of memory loss, he received a referral to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. for support. Following Mel’s diagnosis of dementia, the couple moved from the Shuswap to Kamloops to be closer to family and resources, including the Alzheimer Society of B.C. where they attend Minds in Motion® sessions. This turned out to be a pivotal factor in their dementia journey. The program has enabled Mel and Anne to meet people, build a support network and feel welcomed in their new community. “At the beginning, Mel was hesitant to

talk about his diagnosis with anybody, even family and friends,” Anne says. “Now that we’re in the program he’s come to accept it, because we’re in a group of people who are in similar circumstances. It’s become much easier to talk about the disease and accept the changes.” Funds raised for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s help support the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s programs and services. To register for the Walk, participants can visit walkforalzheimers.ca, choose their local community and create a fundraising page to share with friends and family. No matter where or when they walk (in accordance with current public health orders), participants will make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their caregivers.


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even in monogamous pairs during wintering seasons, the sexes may split and reside in different environments and ecological zones. The notion of protecting a singular or particular habitat translates into species conservation now needs to be reevaluated. The complexity behind beauty in nature when applied to survival is fascinating. Females are well known for being duller, less gaudy and muted compared to their male counterparts. But it is not just the presence of colour that is important. Its richness and dept is also taken into account. New studies are immerging relating immune response to pigment clarity in males and females. Birds also have four cones to see colour allowing the ultraviolet spectrum to shimmer across their plumage. Does this light wave, which is invisible to us, reveal a secretive beauty in both sexes that aid in copulation


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MAY 2021 9

Barb’s Used Book & Music Sale returns as The Mixed Bag Edition


he Kamloops Symphony’s perennially popular semi-annual fundraiser, Barb’s Used Book & Music Sale, is being “remixed” for its return next month. The Mixed Bag Edition will be running from Wednesday, May 12 to Saturday, May 15. Because the traditional two-week format is classified as an event, and therefore not permitted under current public health orders, shoppers will instead be given the opportunity to pre-order a curated bag of books for pickup. Shoppers can order their bag of books online from kamloopssymphony. com and pick up their order from 444 Seymour Street between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm from May 12 to 15. The categories of these curated “mixed bag” collections are: General Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Romance, and Home & Garden. A bag of 8 books will cost $10, and a bag of 20 books will cost $20. “Of course, we are very disappointed

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not to be able to continue with our regular record-breaking format of the sale,” says Executive Director Daniel Mills, “But in a year already full of experimentation, we are ready and willing to give this new format a go, and hope that book and symphony lovers alike will support us.” Donations of gently used books will also be gratefully accepted at 444 Seymour Street from May 12 to 15 between 10 am and 2 pm. Volunteers will not accept dirty or tattered books, magazines, Readers Digest, encyclopedias, textbooks, VHS tapes, or cassettes. COVID restrictions prevent volunteers and staff from providing any physical on-site assistance with donations. Running consistently since 1997, the sale was spearheaded by Barb Corbishley who was one of the KSO’s board members at the time. After her unfortunate passing, it was named Barb’s Used Book & Music Sale in her honour.

The Cantabile Singers of Kamloops are thrilled to announce a free, online concert presentation, A Virtual Choir Spring Fling, which will be live on Saturday, May 15 at 7:30 pm on the choir’s YouTube channel, http://bit.ly/ cantabile-youtube. The singers will all be recording themselves in isolation, with the individual videos being compiled together into a virtual choir performance. There will also be several solo performances from members of the choir, along with 1 or 2 small groups, adding some variety to the concert experience. Ryan Noakes, the choir’s director, says “We are very happy to have this virtual option to keep us at least somewhat active. Though recording yourself in isolation is pretty much the antithesis of what singing in a choir is about, we can still manage to make music together, just a little bit differently. It is hard to describe how heartwarming it is to hear the end result of these individual recordings coming together; the whole being so much more than just the sum of its parts.” Emulating a live performance, the resulting video will premiere on the

choir’s YouTube channel at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 15. Audience members who watch the premiere will see the performance play through in real-time, just like a live stream, and can participate in the live chat while watching. The video will continue to be available to view after the premiere. Join the choir for a musical celebration of the spring! This online performance is presented completely free of charge.

May You Do Something for Zone 8 55+ BC Games? By Linda Haas Of course you may! Even though the Games are still on hold until September 2022, you can increasingly practice your sport/ activity as restrictions ease, you can try out another activity, you can keep in touch with people face to masked face if conditions allow, and/or by telephone or through cyberspace. Communication is more than important, it is vital to our overall well-being. And don’t forget newspapers, like Kamloops This Week and The Connector. Another way of communicating is to acknowledge the contributions of persons who make special efforts on behalf of an organization. Zone 8 has such an acknowledgement known as the Joe Ziebert Award. Joe Ziebert moved to Kamloops in 1944 and passed away in 1991. He was active in the business community and was president and chairman of many organizations. On

retirement, he became an advocate for Seniors, and was instrumental in the development of Seniors’ housing in Kamloops. We present this award to people in recognition not only for their work in Zone 8 of the BC Seniors Games Society, but also for promoting the 55+ BC Games. The recipient in 2019 should have been recognized in Nov. 2019, but could not attend the meeting, so we postponed it until March 2020. Well, the live meeting couldn’t happen. Realizing it was unfair to wait any longer, Zone 8 presented the award virtually to Phil Maher at the March 18, 2021 ZOOM meeting. In normal times, we would have a photo of the awarding. But in our creative times, we have included a photo of Phil at our 2013 Zone 8 picnic. Phil has done a great job of being sport coordinator for dragon boating, as First Vice-President, and

even standing in for absent secretary to take minutes, all of which he continues to do well. Thanks, Phil, for your continuing service to Zone 8, 55+ BC Games. Looking forward to a return to normalcy sooner rather than later, I’m getting back to the series of steps in Jeff Herring’s “10 ways to stop procrastinating.” Step 7 is: Watch your language! Be careful about, and pay attention to, the way in which you talk to yourself about procrastinating. Change statements like “I’ll just put this off for a little while; I deserve a break.” into “I deserve to get this done so I can have it off my mind and have more time to enjoy my life.” What has been going full tilt since the beginning of April is Zone 8’s Virtual Auction. By April 15th, there were 14 registered bidders, and 29 items on the virtual auction block. If you have been procrastinating, you have

until 7pm on May 7 to make your bid, and help out the 55+ folk in Zone 8. If you haven’t registered yet and need the link, contact president Peter Hughes 250-471-1805 or zone8pres@ 55plusbcgames.org It’s an exciting new venture and you can still be part of it! As you probably know, the 2021 55+ BC Games in the Greater Victoria area have now been postponed to 2022. Zone 8 is appealing to you. If you believe in the Games and what they have meant for you over the years, please purchase a $20.00 membership for 2021 to help us show the government that our members care about quality physical activity opportunities across the province for the 55+ demographic. Until we meet again, in person or via cyberspace, stay safe and keep healthy.


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prescription costs and ambulance costs. If you are the primary homemaker of your household, you may also receive assistance with household tasks. Finally, if your injuries prevent you from working for a period, weekly disability benefits are available to cover lost wages. These types of accidents are usually fraught with complications regarding who is at fault. Therefore, it is advisable to contact a lawyer right away. Collecting evidence promptly and seeing a lawyer for initial advice can mean the difference between being able to prove your claim and receiving coverage or being denied and forced to fight for your rights. A lawyer can also help navigate the very complicated system of dispute with ICBC.

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do if you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist who is struck by a vehicle? The impact when a vehicle hits an individual is substantial, often resulting in spinal cord injuries, broken bones and concussions. With adrenaline pumping after an accident, people are often more injured than they think. As such, it is important to remain still and seek medical attention, even if you believe you are fine. Ask bystanders to take pictures of the scene, including where the vehicle is stopped, where you were struck and where you landed. Additionally, write down the name and contact information of the driver, and the licence plate number, color, make and model of their vehicle. For cyclists and motorcyclists, it is never a good idea to get back on your cycle and ride it home. Regardless of injuries, there

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e don’t know when the next federal election will occur, but when it does, my office will shut down for good as I have decided not to seek re-election. Whoever becomes the next MP will hire their own staff, which may include members of my

current team, or they may be fresh faces. This means some of my staff will not wait it out to see what happens after the election, instead they will move on to new job opportunities sooner than later. Kamloops constituency assistant Jennifer Heselton and my executive assistant in Ottawa, Stephanie Rennick, are both branching out into new horizons. Stephanie was my first hire when I started as a new MP in federal politics nearly 13 years ago. It is the best decision I ever made to have someone with her experience in the political realm, having worked for an MP in Alberta for many years prior.

She could be counted on at all hours, resourceful and determined to find solutions to the most challenging of situations, like getting up in the middle of the night to phone India as COVID broke out last spring, in order to liaise with Global Affairs and help bring constituents home. Stephanie has started a job with another MP who intends to run in the next election. Jennifer, who was a key figure in my Kamloops office for 10 years, is leaving at the end of the month to use her excellent customer service skills in a new role with the Government of Canada. Jennifer, known for her

cheery phone and inperson greetings, always wanted to go the extra mile for constituents, leaving no stone unturned for solutions. I will miss them both and wish them the best on their new paths, confident they will serve with the same professionalism they brought to my offices. Until the election, whenever that may be, myself and my strong team will continue to serve KamloopsThompson-Cariboo constituents: In Kamloops, that’s Ellen Mason, Tracy Gilchrist and Virika Miller; in 100 Mile, Anita Price; and in Ottawa, Mike Friesen.


MAY 2021 11

The KSO shines light on string family

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he Kamloops Symphony’s eighth concert experience of the season, Voilà Viola, will shine a light on the sometimes-forgotten yet always exquisitely beautiful member of the string family: the viola. This performance will be available to view online starting Friday, April 23, remaining available to watch on-demand until Saturday, May 22. Both intimate and beguiling, the viola is tragically under-utilized as a solo instrument. Joining the KSO to showcase the magnificence of this delightful instrument

is highly sought-after Canadian soloist, Marina Thibeault. Named Radio-Canada’s classical “Revelation” for 201617, Marina has delighted audiences across Canada, the United States, and Europe with her elegant, spellbinding performances and engaging presence. Marina holds numerous honours and distinctions, including prizes from the Père-Lindsay Foundation, first prize in the string category of Prix d’Europe, the Radio-Canada “Young Artist” prize, and a special prize at the Beethoven Hradec International Viola Competition. She has studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, and McGill University. She is currently completing her doctoral degree with Women in Music as a primary topic, and Sports Psychology Applied to elite musicians as a secondary topic. A certified Sivananda yoga instructor, she integrates mindfulness techniques into her

teaching and playing. Marina will be joining the orchestra to perform the ethereal and folkloric Viola Concerto by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. Rounding out the program for this adventurous concert experience is Concerto for Strings by Nino Rota, best known for his awardwinning soundtrack to The Godfather, and Norweigan composer Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, a collection of delightfully fresh baroque-style dances with a Romantic twist. Tickets for Voilà Viola are $15 for an Individual and $25 for a Household Pass, with a special $5 COVID price also available. All tickets can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 250-374-5483 or www.kamloopslive.ca. Tickets are still available for the KSO’s Charlie Parker w/ Strings, the genre-bending exploration of the seminal recording session by Jazz legend Charlie Parker.

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he program for the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops concert “Amadeus” will feature works for soprano, flute, piano and string trio, composed by the child prodigy and master of composition Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Please join the Heritage Quintet ( Catharine Dochstader, flute; Cvetozar Vutev, violin; Annette Dominick, viola; Laure Matiakh, cello; and Curtis Howell, piano) and guest soprano Bianke Ede as they explore works of this musical genius.

This concert will be live-streamed Saturday, May 29, at 7:30 PM Available online until 10:00 PM on Saturday, June 12. Tickets (available through Eventbrite) $15 and $10 for students and CMK members. More details and ticket information are available at chambermusiciansofkamloops.org.

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Book Review By Marilyn Brown

Burnt Sugar By Avni Doshi

Abrams press, 2021, fiction, 231 pages “I would be lying if I said my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure,” states the young woman narrator, Ankara. Just one incident between the two that gives a glimpse of what the teen-aged daughter had to deal with happens when the older woman compares her body to her teenage daughter’s, “…declaring with certainty that my ugliness would surpass hers when I reached my forties.” The mother-daughter tension is palpable, annihilating the stereotype of unconditional maternal love. Antara remembers her mother, Tara, leaving her husband to flee to the nearby ashram, a religious retreat, becoming the favourite of the leader there. Antara as a very young child with keen observation skills survives, with the help of a woman who was herself at one time the maharaja’s favourite. Nevertheless, the memories are disturbing. Antara matures as a woman and an artist, an intelligent woman with her own peculiarities, including a distinct abhorrence of disorder and sloppiness. When she marries and then becomes pregnant, her sense of her own worth is undermined by her mother, mother-in-law, and even her husband. She is repelled by the changes in her own body, lack of sleep and exhaustion amplifying the mess and disruption of having a baby. Postpartum depression claims her, the anxiety visceral. She doubts her own sanity. At the same time, her mother is losing her memory: Antara regrets that there are fewer opportunities “… to baste her in guilt” over past cruelties. Her mother becomes the responsibility of the daughter. The novel plays with perspective, a theme of mirrors, perhaps suggesting family members, particularly the mothers and daughters, are reflections of each other, including the newborn baby daughter. Burnt Sugar immerses the reader in the sights, sounds, tempo and atmosphere of India. The plot moves quickly. The author, Avni Doshi, was born in the United States and frequently visited India, home of her maternal grandmother’s family in Pune. Doshi is the mother of two children. She has a Masters of Art in art history, from the University College, London, England, and lives in Dubai. Burnt Sugar was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize in 2020. Recommended.

Beauty By A.S Byrd

Our world has beauty if you but stop and look You will see it there in the little babbling brook Or that little bird that greets the spring And from a bough you hear it sing In the rose that opens wide its welcoming arms To lure the fluttering butterfly with all its charms The magnificent stag that poses in the evening dusk Or the far off mountain with its crown of snow In the light of a silvery moon see how it glows But beauty goes beyond this world of ours You see it there in the midnight stars But there is another beauty we know is there For it describes the love of those who really care The ones with gentle hands care for the old The ones who teach the little ones how to live The ones who say those magic words ‘I forgive’ The stranger who reaches out a helping hand And those who risk their lives, to protect our land There are many more I can’t name them all But when there is a need they answer the call To pen your eyes to the beauty that is everywhere Just imagine how stark our world would be if it wasn’t there


14 MAY 2021

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ou may have heard of Dennis Coates, a well-respected local lawyer since 1968, Queen’s Counsel, hockey team owner and supporter, pub owner, etc. What is probably not so well known is that Dennis has been a collector car owner for over 50 years, and that he is also the only surviving charter member of the Kamloops Chapter of the Vintage Car Club (VCCC), joining when the Chapter was inaugurated in 1972. In the ensuing years, Dennis amassed an impressive array of collector vehicles, but most of them have now been passed on and some are still being enjoyed by family members. Dennis grew up on a farm in Osoyoos

and purchased his first car, a 1930 Model A Ford pickup, for $50. Although only 14 years of age at the time, he learned to drive the Model A around the farm and on the local back roads. Around that time, Osoyoos did not have a high school and Dennis then bought a 1940 Ford 2-door sedan to drive to school in neighbouring Oliver, followed up by a 1950 Meteor. Upon finishing high school, he moved on to UBC, and obtained his Law degree in 1968. He had two job offers and ended up in Kamloops, starting his career with Rudi Morelli’s firm, specializing in corporate, commercial and hospitality legal matters, and he has been here ever since. He had purchased his first collector car, a 1957 MGA, while attending UBC,

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Dennis and his 1962 MGA roadster and then traded up to a 1962 MGA roadster, which is the only car still left from his collection. This car has been restored by Dennis and is used regularly in the summer for pleasure drives, but surprisingly only has 62,000 miles on the odometer. The next cars acquired were an Austin Healey 100-6 roadster and then, one of his favourites, a 1952 MGYB 4-door sedan. The MGYB was an old car even when new, still with the typically British leather upholstery, walnut dashboard, freestanding headlights and tiny 4-cylinder engine. They were very rare to begin with and even more scarce in Canada, but that was one of his favourites. A 1951 MGTD roadster came along next and he restored that car himself. Other foreign cars acquired through the years included a 1958 Mercedes 220S sedan (now owned by his son) and two Jaguars, an XKE coupe and a 1957 MK VII sedan, or saloon, in English-speak. Dennis then tackled two other restoration projects including a 1930 Model A Ford cabriolet and a 1926 Model T Ford roadster pickup, which has been passed on to his grandson. Another 1926 Model T touring car was restored and used by the Calgary Centennials hockey team for promotions. And lastly, there was a 1947 Chrysler sedan that was dolled up as a period taxi and used to promote the pub of which Dennis was a part owner. A few years back Dennis owned some acreage near the Rivershore Golf Course and most of these cars were stored there, but that property has been sold along with all of the cars, except for

the 1962 MGA roadster. Dennis has a long-distance relationship with his partner, Lynda Johnston, who lives in Kelowna, but they also share a place at the Coast. Lynda is a retired schoolteacher, but is involved in the business world and Dennis had told me that she loves to go for drives with him in the MGA. Although this column is intended to feature stories about vintage cars, it is difficult to talk about Dennis’ life without dwelling on his involvement with hockey. Many years ago he teamed up with Scotty Munro to purchase the Langley Lords and Vancouver Nats hockey teams from Nat Bailey of White Spot fame, and then brought the team to town as the Kamloops Chiefs. This team eventually moved to Seattle and then Dennis organized a local group to bring the New Westminster Bruins to Kamloops as the Junior Oilers, which morphed into the Kamloops Blazers. The Blazers were, of course, later sold to Tom Gaglardi and partners and the proceeds were placed under the care of the Kamloops Sport Society. Dennis is very proud that this society is able to distribute millions of dollars to local sporting causes and still retain more funds on hand for future donations than they started with. At 78 years of age Dennis still works half time and tells me that he is never going to retire. Although he has downsized to living in a condo, he is looking forward to another summer of touring in his gorgeous little red MGA roadster.

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ts one of the fundamental natural differences. Larks and Owls. Morning creatures and evening creatures. Innate biorhythms governed by light affect plants, birds and animals. Other species seem quite content with the situation. That’s probably because all members of a species are either diurnal (day) or nocturnal (night). Sure, there may be an occasional wolf which resists going out to hunt with the pack at night, but peer pressure would soon change its mind. Possibly some laggard deer object to browsing at 5 a.m. in the relative safety of the herd. They don’t last long. No, the problem arises when the two opposing behaviours, natural cycles over which we have no control, occur in the same species, as they do in humans. Opposites must attract. Larks and owls always seem to team up, leading to controversy, misunderstanding and downright heated arguments. But, since we’re both here, there must be some evolutionary advantage, don’t you think? Well, when we were hunters, we were active when the game was, which meant being on the trail in the morning or early evening. More likely early morning. No rational hunter would want to cut up a carcass and drag it back to camp while followed closely by a cave lion or pack of jackals in the gathering dusk. Morning was an advantageous time. The coming of agriculture didn’t change the routine much. Nobody has to tell a farmer about the benefits of getting up and at ‘em early in the day. Cut that hay at first light. It’s comfortable for the man on the mower and the hay has a good chance of drying in the sun during the day. The same goes for picking crops; once the overnight moisture’s dried, the earlier, the better. Ask any dairy cow if she’d prefer a longer sleep to an early milking and you’ll get a resounding “moo.” Range cattle solve the problem themselves. They graze until it’s too hot, then settle down together under a large tree to chew their cuds and doze away the afternoon. Bovine siestas! Of course, for most of human history, natural light was all the

Story By Trudy Frisk light we had to work by so our ancestors took advantage of it. That’s changed. Ancient flint knappers may have needed good strong sun, but artificial light keeps modern factories going round the clock. Even farmers, with lights on their equipment, can be out in the fields before dawn and long after dark. But, old habits linger. If the evolutionary benefits of larks are so obvious, what about us owls? What part did we play in the success of humanity? For, here we are. If you doubt it, wake one of us, when we’re not ready and the grumping will convince you. Larks have a certain cheery smugness which, coupled with their belief that they, alone, keep the wheels turning, makes us even crankier. “Why, I was up at 5:30,” you’ll hear them say. The unspoken, “While you were lolling in bed, you lazy wretch.” is understood. “It’s the most beautiful time of day,” they insist. “All the birds are up.” Well, I’ve been up at 5:30 and it is lovely, and the birds, as promised, are chirping. I feed them, tour the garden, and, like a sensible person, go back for a longer snooze. It’s not that owls aren’t productive; in fact most of us have day jobs. We just don’t want to go for a nice 10k run at 4:30 or whenever it’s dawn. We don’t like to do complicated mathematics, bake a cake or install a new floor before our bodies and minds are awake and ready. Now there’s medical evidence that we shouldn’t. Recent research at the Mayo Clinic proves that human blood vessels are less flexible in the early morning. Experiments, done on healthy young people, showed that flexibility was reduced by more than 40 percent at 6 a.m. By 11 a.m it returns to normal. Heart attacks and strokes are more likely to occur in the early morning. So, we owls are just following our body’s instructions. “Take it easy. No sudden moves. By about 11 a.m. you’ll be ready to go!” So, you ask, even if it’s natural, what good are owls? Well, I think we kept the tribe together. Have you noticed that larks aren’t the most sociable creatures? They’re

just so pleased, the busy little creatures, to be grabbing the first gazelle or leading the dawn climb up Mt. Whitney, but, come 8 p.m., they’re in the tent mumbling “Keep it down out there!” as the rest of us sit around the campfire inventing new verses to Kumbaya. It was likely just the same in pioneer times. After a hard day fording rivers and finding trails, some of the westward migrants must have wanted to tune up the banjo and sing a few choruses of “The Old Chisholm Trail” or “The Red River Valley.” It was a chance to chat a bit with your neighbour without yelling at him to get his ox-cart out of the way. I’ll just bet the larks threatened to come out with a whip and shut the whole party down. Some things never change. What good did we do in ancient times? I believe owls were the artists and philosophers, the shaman, priests and teachers. After all, to observe the movement of stars and planets in the night sky, one has to be awake to see them, and have leisure to calculate their orbits. It’s possible, but it’s not likely, that one can devise a totem mask or spirited dance while hunting or plowing. And, who but the shaman had the time to consider the meaning of life, and the significance of other creatures and their spirits to the tribe? Food was essential to the group but so were the social and religious bonds that made them a community. I think owls composed ballads, told stories, and created ceremonies which united the tribe and kept their history alive, and were just as important for survival as physical nourishment. Owls were probably regarded with suspicion then, too. After all, they were abroad in the dark, studying strange matters, when decent larks were safely in bed. Odd or not, owls expressed the legends and beliefs of their people, as writers, actors, painters, and musicians still do today; just as long as we’re not awakened too early.


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Moments Remembered Creative Writing by Rita Joan Dozlaw


n Ray’s excitement over his newfangled camera, he fidgeted and skimmed the handbook. He’d previously sorted through frames of figures and landscapes and was unnerved to notice, as usual, evidence of poor print quality. With updated equipment he’d improve his craft and work with a new vision for his favourite portfolio of ageless and aging faces. He was confident his collection titled, ‘Wisdom Years’ would grow with sharp candid shots of elders strolling tree-lined, park-side trails. Unlike the old, his new equipment would pick up stunning details of sunlight and shadows, colours and shapes. Electing to concentrate on older subjects, Ray liked that they were genuinely approachable. More importantly, they pulled his emotions into his work—similar to when a sweet-smelling baby, cradled in its mother’s arms, draws him in. He couldn’t resist the subtle aromas of powder, soap or lotions in combo with the scent of garden blooms and fresh air. It was uncanny to Ray that his nose sensed a great photoop quicker than his eyes could. Facial expressions told a million stories. With purpose, Ray zeroed in on faces highlighting the joys of being ‘forever resilient.’ With no trickery or air-brushing, the photo-paper images authenticated his subjects. The intentional exposure of fine calligraphy-like lines, drawn by age over sun-worshipper’s sunken cheeks, uncovered layers of personal traits. Capturing furrowed brows, crows-feet and laugh lines further led to a

subject’s innate truths and, because of characteristics such as these, Ray’s shots identified lifepatterns, personalities and feelings. Peering through his camera at drooped shoulders, evidence of work-weary tolls on one’s life, automatically jumpstarted the hobbyist’s heart to pulse with empathy. With a lot on his mind, he shuffled along a trail frequented by elderly nature lovers. They leaned on walking poles, slouched on their derrieres upon polished memorial park benches and were comfortable with no time restraints. This meant Ray could take his time checking out the perks of his new camera, locating backgrounds and spotting the most endearing subjects. It was natural for him to ease into conversations. He sensed folks had a lot to tell and they longed for listeners. His insatiable curiosity for their stories subtly invaded his artistic hours so he reminded himself, I’m out here to get work done! Focus on capturing their stories in the lens! The fact was others, who have time to linger patiently, would be privileged to learn the rich backstories told, at times, through fits of forgetfulness or hearing impairments. Near a gazebo someone very colourful and old sat very still… perfect, with eyes closed against the sun and she’s got a kitten! Ray broke the silence, “Excuse me, Ma’am,” he apologized, “I’m sorry to disturb you, but I believe we’ve met… have we not?” “What was that you just said, sonny boy? Just where do you think we’ve met? If that was yer best pick-up line, it was pretty pathetic.” “Can I do this?” He

asked, without waiting for an answer, as he squatted and focused on her floppybrimmed hat and clicked away. “I’m capturing your million dollar smile! You know it’s worth that much, right?” “It better be! I paid a million bucks to keep these wretched old pearly whites!” Grinning, Ray aimed at the grey and orange halloweenish scarf. It appeared creepy choking her double chin and crinkly robin’s throat like a boa constrictor. Angling his camera, first at her pet, and then at the pigeontoed black sneakers with turquoise tongues and red shoestrings, he thought, what a hoot! Under a rustcoloured jacket flaring open in the breeze, a starched sailor shirt had nautical stripes and its silver buttons glinted in the sun. A wild-patterned knitted throw draped over hidden knobby knees. Zooming in, the camera scoped out two water-hose-green lumps clumped together behind the kitten. Those rubbergloved hands could easily plunge that poor kitty into steaming sudsy dishwater! Ray’s thoughts amused him and, as if she heard them, she chuckled. Oops, a clumsy rubbery claw lost grip of the cane and splinters caught on the ratty wool. Fearing that third leg would fall out of reach to the grass, the claws struggled unsuccessfully to free it. Ray probed to help. But, a sailor she was and spat out her version of a drunken sailor’s expletive to ward off the photographer. Not finished with him, she followed her colourful language with, “So, don’t man-handle or tamper with me, sonny!” He nodded respectfully. A green fist grabbed the

lap-size throw and gave it a mighty yank frightening the kitten. An exasperated scowl buried itself in cat hair. Sensing she was being stared at, the little old lady flung her hands in the air like green hornets and shot a menacing look at the photographer while hot tears dribbled slowly down her cheeks like wax off a candle. It moved Ray to see her upset enough to weep. Suddenly, the kitten sprang from her lap and knocked the cane to the ground. It landed free as a jagged dead limb off an old tree. Ray collected the kitten and cane, handed them over and steadied the camera for one last shot… I have to get those warped wet cheeks. From under the bonnet’s frayed brim, strands of hair with split ends snuck onto her apple cheeks. Her hair’s catching the sun’s grow-light, Ray’s artistic mind mused. At that very moment, the little boy inside the heart of that dignified middleaged photographer pictured the feisty kittenlady as being beautiful… once upon a time. And, positively to him, she still was when she smiled through those tears! Click. The following week, Ray’s self-assigned task was to photograph grammas and great grammas celebrating Mother’s Day in a seniors’ home. Taking a chance on embarrassing the old lady from the park, who he immediately recognized, he gave her a gift. When unwrapping the framed portrait Ray had taken, a row of pearly whites flashed and misty eyes lit up… with joy, from his beloved ninety year old mother.


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suffer when I want life to be OTHER than it is. My brother says, “denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.” I laugh because it’s usually regarding something he thinks I won’t accept as reality when he thinks I should. In hindsight, there’s been quite a few times when I became self-aware of my inability to accept reality when his comments were dead on. It didn’t mean I didn’t feel defensive and I nearly always came up with something I thought he was denying. It’s human nature I guess to defend ourselves when we feel attacked in any way. Nevertheless, I remember a very tragic event in my life when my brother woke me up, and made all the difference in my life. Generally speaking, however, offering advice or defining what is “best for me” is a dangerous thing

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the phrase “their final resting place?” That’s the idea of a cemetery. People once thought – many, perhaps, still do – that when Murray dies he should be laid to rest. As we’ve just seen, if Murray’s body is buried there is almost a 100 percent chance he’ll end up at Hillside. Clearly, however, the numbers listed above indicate that Murray’s urn has little chance of ending up at Hillside; he will not likely ‘rest in peace’ in the cemetery. He’s far more likely to end up scattered on the mountain, in the river, on the golf course or in the family’s backyard. This suggests that many people don’t associate Murray’s final resting place with a cemetery at all. Maybe cost plays some part in Alice’s decision to scatter Murray’s ashes or to keep them at home. But many people over the years have told me that they believe Murray would prefer to be scattered near his favourite fishing hole,


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number of inurnments to rise to about 270 by the year 2030. So, dear reader, you might be asking, if there are 70 full burials and 185 urn interments in Kamloops per year, does that mean about 255 people die in Kamloops annually? No, the actual number is somewhere between 900 and 1,000 people who die in Kamloops per year. So, what happens to the 630 to 730 people who don’t end up in the cemetery? Perhaps you won’t be surprised to learn that almost everyone who is buried in Kamloops ends up at Hillside Cemetery; the law forbids Alice to bury Murray’s body in the backyard. That leaves us with the vast number of people who are cremated but don’t end up in the cemetery. These people are sometimes scattered in various places of meaning to the family. Some urns are kept in the family home (perhaps on the mantle, perhaps in the closet). Do you remember

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20 MAY 2021

Know someone with Hearing Loss? Do’s and don’ts of communicating with someone with hearing loss Do you know someone with hearing loss? If so, here are some things to keep in mind to ensure communicating with them isn’t hindered.



1. Do get the person’s attention before you begin talking. It can be as simple as saying their name so they know they should pay attention. 2. Do repeat things if asked and try rephrasing it to provide more information about the topic. 3. Do move closer to the person if you are in a noisy place or more than six feet away. 4. Do use facial expressions and gestures to help augment communication. 5. Do recommend they go get their hearing tested by a hearing healthcare professional.

1. Don’t try to talk to someone from different room. Sound doesn’t know how to travel around corners and through doors. 2. Don’t yell. It changes your voice and face and can make reading cues from your face difficult. 3. Don’t cover your mouth as you speak. 4. Don’t say “never mind.” It is dismissive and excludes the person from the conversation when they were just trying to understand. 5. Don’t speak extra slow. It doesn’t help the hearing impaired to hear any better and can make lip-reading harder.

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