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July 2021



How to access the Butler Urban Farm Page 2

Canada Day Schedule Page 5

A fresh artist arrives at the KAC Page 5

Are cows addictive? Page 16

Morning Sickness Page 17

Canada Day 2021 promises to be different


Photographer Aislynn O’Brien captured this colourful painting on the Shore and entered the photo into Kamloops This Week’s Photo of the Month contest.

ome B.C. municipalities are opting to cancel Canada Day festivities altogether this year even though in most cases the festivities are once again virtual. In light of another year where COVID protocols are overshadowing everything there is the added impact of the confirmation of at least 215 unmarked graves at the site of the Kamloops Residential School. This sobering reality has prompted Canadians in general to rethink what it means to be Canadian. Many of us will need help reframing our national identity as we get used to the idea that our so-called founders were not the heroes we thought they were. As architects of a genocidal regime against Indigenous peoples, it is imperative to understand this legacy and how it impacts our society to this day. In a statement that previously appeared in Kamloops This Week, Tk’emlups Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne

Casimir said the band wants people to continue to acknowledge Canada Day. “The best way to honour our country and the diversity of its citizens — and particularly this year, our future generations — is to understand our real collective history. For Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, we would like to encourage all to learn more about the colonial legacy of the residential school and the intergenerational impacts that it has had. We also want people to understand the racism and discrimination that Indigenous Peoples face daily,” Casimir said, “Part of what it means to be Canadian is to recognize mistakes and learn from the past. We cannot proceed to advance as a country without continuing to come together and talk and share experiences. Take this opportunity on Canada Day to do some research, watch some Indigenous

movies, listen to APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) and, most importantly, in your own way, honour all the lost children of the residential schools across Canada.” The City of Kamloops is working with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation to make the virtual celebration more relevant. With new, more open protocols related to the pandemic, one municipality (Kelowna) has suggested their decision to cancel festivities is more to encourage people to get out and support local restaurants and businesses as they get closer to business as usual. Others have pointed to the grief and soul-searching resulting from the revelations about the residential school system. The normal celebrations are simply not appropriate. Regardless of how we accomplish it, comunity building and reconciliation is long overdue and necessary. Canada needs to change.


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How to access the Butler Urban Farm by Kevin Pankewich, Kamloops Food Policy Council


he Butler Urban Farm is up and running again, anticipating another successful season with weekly harvests now under way. Getting Here: If you are on the North Shore, head off Tranquille down Wilson Street or Clapperton Avenue and look down across from the Food Bank where these two roads meet. Just below, you will see a large garden and a chalkboard with drop-in hours posted. Stop by during these hours (or whenever we are around) to learn more about organic gardening, to volunteer for a good cause, or just pick up some fresh produce grown right here on the North Shore.

If these hours don’t work for you and no one is around when you show up, send an email to butlerurbanfarm@ kamloopsfoodpolicycouncil. com and we’ll make sure someone is around when you want to stop by! For the summer expect that we will be here (at an absolute minimum) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. What We are Doing: We use organic and regenerative principles of agriculture to grow high quality produce, available for anyone in the community. None of the produce is sold. We are volunteer driven and rely on the support of our community to keep this project running. There are no fences, and we are keeping it that way. We are becoming increasingly selfsufficient in seed production, and we are working on establishing a local seed library for the farm and the community. Access to food is a human right, and respect for the land and soil is imperative for our survival as a species and as a planet. At the Butler Urban Farm, we are offering a template for small-scale food production that is regenerative, sovereign, and just – one that we hope

can be emulated in other neighbourhoods. We do most of this work as a team in the main area that comprises the communal garden plots. However, some volunteers have taken on plots of their own at the back, where they are trying things out on their own and gardening without our tyrannical interference, while adhering to the organic principles of the rest of the farm, of course! We also offer a place to drop off household compost to reduce waste and build soil. (No meats, fats, bones, or plastic please!) Just stop by and we will set you up. How We Harvest: Please stop by during dropin hours for an orientation and some produce. Most of our produce goes proudly to The Loop and other kitchens doing the important work of serving meals around Kamloops. Volunteer harvesters and passers-by are also welcome to the produce grown here – we do not discriminate. We just ask that you follow our harvesting protocol so we can ensure things are harvested correctly and that everyone gets what they need. We weigh the produce leaving the farm – this way we can keep track of our

productivity. We have often joked around here that it is not possible for you to steal food from this space: you can only harvest incorrectly! Our entire approach is a practice of decommodification, but this requires procedure, understanding, and cooperation. And if last year is any indication, things are working very well this way! Of the 6,400 lbs. of food we grew here, less than 50 lbs. went unaccounted for. Long story short: we ask that you harvest with us. Monday mornings and Thursday mornings are a great time to stop by to join us in a group harvest – this helps us keep things organized both on our end and for the kitchens. But in general, if we are here, you will not leave empty handed. We are not an act of charity; we are an act of solidarity and community. PS: If you are looking for

fruits check out our Gleaning Abundance Program – another great initiative from the Kamloops Food Policy Council that connects homes with an abundance of fruit trees to people looking for fresh fruit. What’s Ready: As of the time of writing, we have already harvested well over a hundred pounds of spinach, beets, broccoli, and leafy greens, with lots more on the way every day. How You Can Help: Stop by and say hi! We always welcome volunteers, and our entire system depends on people understanding how this space operates: Simply coming by for a 15-minute tour gives us more assurance that people around here know what is happening and will ensure that you leave with some fresh fruits and vegetables! And if you are interested in helping, there’s never a shortage of things to do!

Buckwheat Pancakes & Waffles

They will keep you full well into the afternoon. It is a basic recipe from Sara Pitzer’s Home Grown Whole Grains and serves four people. Check it out!


• Two cups buckwheat flour • Two cups whole wheat flour (I use khorasan but any wheat I have tried works well) • 1 tablespoon baking powder • 1 teaspoon of salt


WET INGREDIENTS: • Two cups of milk • Two eggs • 1/3 cup of olive oil • 1/4 cup of honey

• Mix the dry ingredients together. Make sure you sift out the buckwheat hulls if using fresh-ground buckwheat flour. • Mix the wet ingredients together. It helps if you start with the oil before the honey, so the honey slides out of the measuring cup better. • Then mix both mixtures together. If you are using fresh-ground flours, I put it in a blender for a few extra minutes to allow some of the bigger grain pieces time to absorb the liquid and become more consistent for waffles, but others swear by just mixing it a little bit and leaving it chunkier for pancakes. Your choice! • Pour the batter into a well-greased skillet or waffle iron and enjoy them with friends and family. All the best!”

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Student Showcase Concert Raising Money for Peter Collins Memorial Fund


he Kamloops Symphony Music School showcased several of their senior students in a virtual recital which was presented via the KSO’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/c/ kamloopssymphonyorchestra) on Sunday, June 20. The fund provides the money for a bursary to help struggling youth be able to take music lessons and an annual scholarship for a student from the Thompson Nicola Regional District who is studying music in university. Peter Collins started singing at a very young age and turned his love of music into a new career, becoming a music teacher and voice coach in The late Peter Collins 2008. Whenever Peter encountered a student who struggled to make lessons happen financially, he would do whatever he could to help them out. He knew what it was like to love music so much and to struggle to learn the craft, and he wanted to help any willing student to make their dreams happen. When Peter passed away the Peter Collins Memorial Fund was established to continue his legacy of helping struggling and deserving youth be able to pursue their passion for music like he did. This student showcase performance highlights several of the school’s most advanced students, including some who are following in Peter’s footsteps and are about to begin post-secondary music training. Each student has recorded their performance in isolation, with the individual videos having been combined into a single virtual recital which premiered on the Symphony’s YouTube channel. During the premiere the video played out in real time, emulating a live performance, and viewers were invited to join in the live chat. The performance is still available for viewing. The performance is being presented free of charge, and viewers are invited to donate to the Peter Collins Memorial Fund, which can be done by calling the KSO office at 250-372-5000 or on the Kamloops Symphony Music School site at www.kamloopssymphonymusicschool.com.

Golden Years

By A.S Bryd My wife met me at our door Something she had never done before I showed her the watch I got that day And told her the words they had to say She held me close there were no fears For we were entering our golden years Now it be work or be it pleasure Whatever we do we’ll do together We stayed in our old familiar home But were often away we loved to roam Then an autumn chill would touch the air And we could no longer linger there We were excited a new adventure had begun And like the honking goose we’ll follow the sun Winters were spent in a land of tropical breeze And of sand washed by southern seas We had no tasks to fill our days We found contentment in our idle ways The years passed quickly or so it seemed Now they exist only as lovely dreams But time also took our vagabond ways And brought us to life’s autumn days When evening comes and brings a stillness to the land I go to her softly take her wrinkled hand And still together we relive those golden years

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I suspect most feel conflicted about celebrating Canada Day this year. While we are showing progress on getting the masses vaccinated against COVID-19 and things are starting to open up, it is impossible to continue to ignore the inhumane legacy of those that colonized and forced their way onto this continent hundreds of years ago, to the longterm, prolonged detriment and literal genocide of Indigenous peoples. I needn’t remind anyone of the recent My two cents confirmation of the existence of Moneca Jantzen at least 215 unmarked graves of Editor children at Kamloops Residential School. It has had a profound impact on our local community and the ripple effect across the nation has been significant and absolutely impossible to ignore especially as other communities add to the number. Being faced with the reality of actual graves at schools for children seems to be registering on the collective consciousness like it never really has before and there is a growing understanding for what truly went on during the “founding” of this nation. An opportunity for learning, believing, healing and changing has presented itself in a massive way. It will be nothing short of criminal if we don’t figure this out this time. In many respects it is as if average Canadians, myself included, have been in a collective coma and have been jolted awake. For my part, I grew up partly in Mississauga, another community with a recognizably Indigenous name, similarly anglicized like Kamloops. I always considered myself so fortunate to attend school with people from all over the world, so many immigrants and not all of us were Caucasian. It never really occurred to me to wonder how and where my Indigenous counterparts were being educated. To think that some of them could still have been in the residential school system or part of the Sixties Scoop where tens of thousands of First Nations children across Canada were taken from their families and adopted out or fostered by people outside of their culture (a trend that replaces the residential school system but effectively continues the same destructive mission) is a sobering realization. I didn’t know. As a child I was oblivious. Even when my family moved back west but only as far as Alberta, I noted at the time how white my Edmonton schools were by comparison to the ones I attended in Mississauga. Fast forward to a university education in Canadian Studies at Trent University in Peterborough in the 80s where they had established a well-respected multidisciplinary program in Native Studies. While I didn’t take any courses directly in the Native Studies program, the Canadian Studies program was highly sympatico and included some overlapping curriculum. Pair this with my time spent in Mali, West Africa and I was at least FINALLY sensitized to and aware of issues facing colonized people generally. Still the gravity of how Canada treated and was continuing to treat Indigenous people still didn’t totally register. My urban Canadian, white, upbringing had insulated me so much from the Indigenous reality. Eventually moving to and living in Kamloops shattered a great deal of that ignorance by virtue of living amongst and beside a substantial and thriving Nation, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. Despite this proximity for most of my adult life, I still have much to learn. It has been very easy to be complacent and assume that the powers that be are working to right all the wrongs behind the scenes somewhere. I need to learn what I, as an individual, can do to be a true ally, because truthfully I haven’t really known that I have a role to play beyond just being a decent and fair human. A couple of years ago I did offer some elders the opportunity to contribute a regular column to this publication but unfortunately no one took up the offer. I hope they know that the offer still stands as I would love to have their perspective included here. The only thing that helps me understand how so many well-intentioned, somewhat educated Canadians have let these transgressions go on for so long when we should have known and done better, aside from willful ignorance and systemic racism, is that we are ridiculously slow learners. We have known about the horrors of residential schools and the like for decades. We know that more First Nations people are incarcerated disproportionately today than other groups. We know that many reserves still don’t have clean drinking water and continue to live in impoverished conditions without their own schools. The number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in this country is unforgivable. Sadly, it apparently takes generations to educate a society and make real change. Clearly, as a country we must do better. We must get busy and honour the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. If not now, then when? Every Child Matters. Happy Canada Day 2021.

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h Canada! Join us from your living room or anywhere - as we observe Canada Day virtually this year. We’re excited to bring you a dynamic and exciting online event featuring musical performances, interactive activities and more! The City of Kamloops has worked with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) to incorporate messaging into this year’s virtual Canada Day event that encourages education on Indigenous culture and heritage. The inperson Canada Day event at Riverside Park, including the fireworks display, was cancelled by organizers earlier this spring due to COVID-19 public health restrictions. The festivities will begin July 1 at 11:00 am. Stay tuned to kamloops.ca for the full schedule and details on accessing the livestream. We look forward to “seeing” you there! Virtual Event Performances and Activities The event lineup will be updated as performances and activities are confirmed. • Opening remarks from Mayor Christian, Kukpi7 Casimir, and MP McLeod • Kamloops Symphony • Project X • The Cure Culinary Provisions – DIY charcuterie board • Big Little Science Centre (*see below for supplies needed if participating)

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A fresh artist arrives at the KAC Judith Anderson unveils her work to an audience for the first time at the Kamloops Arts Council galleries By Elizabeth Nygren, Kamloops Arts Council


rtist Judith Anderson goes to show that anyone with an idea can make art, whatever that art may look like. From June 18 - July 17 at the KAC Main Gallery, “Painting with Wax” by Judith Anderson will be available to be seen and celebrated by all. Back in 2017, Anderson woke up with an idea: making art with crayon wax. “So approximately four years ago, I woke up one morning thinking about a mannequin that I had, and I thought ‘what can I do with this thing?’” Anderson said. “I had some crayons in my sewing room and I walked on over and I was like ‘let’s pull out

the heat gun and melt some wax.’” Anderson has been creating wax-based art ever since and she is prepared to show it off to the Kamloops community in her own exhibition. Anderson said she is nervous but very excited to show off her work. “I have never experienced anxiety before or nerves like this, but I’m excited at the same time,” Anderson said. “I’m almost 60, so thinking that anybody would be looking at my artwork at that age was definitely not something I had on my bucket list.” The Kamloops Arts Council were the ones that encouraged her to put on the exhibition

and they do the same with all artists in Kamloops. Leah Bojey, the gallery coordinator for the Kamloops Arts Council said “we fulfill all requests at the arts council for shows. Anyone who wants to do a show, we will honour them, and they will be able to do one.” Anderson’s love of Halloween and mannequins led to her becoming an artist in her own right. “I’m a huge fan of Halloween and I do a huge display in my front yard and people started giving me mannequins,” Anderson said. “I’ve always been a fan of mannequins. You can take the exact same mannequin and have

six of them and every one of them looks the same when you get them, but when you finish with them, they all have their own personality, just like we do.” Anderson is very proud of the work she creates and has no negative views on art, as no matter what, it is your art. “There’s no negative views of art in my opinion,” Anderson said. “If you as another person judge my art, whether you critique it as good or bad, in your view, to me it is still art. As long as I hold on to my view, it’s my art and if I change my opinion of my work to become your opinion or your view, it’s no longer my art, I’ve given it away.”

Bojey talked about why exhibitions are important for emerging and established artists. “It’s really inspiring and empowering as an artist to see your work up and in a gallery,” Bojey said. “[The KAC] helps to train or to teach or to mentor artists who are beginners, and we also show professional artists as well. Anyone who wants to do an exhibition can do one at the arts councils galleries.” Make sure to check out “Painting with Wax” by Judith Anderson at the KAC Main Gallery, available to see until July 17, 2021. For more information, visit kamloopsarts.ca


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Secret questions aren’t so secret



’ve heard people say that they don’t have anything to hide when it comes to online activities. It’s not uncommon for people to

mention this in passing as I work on their systems, explaining that they aren’t criminals. To paraphrase cyber security expert Kevin Mitnick “you may not have anything to hide, but you have everything to protect.” There are companies out there who exist solely to collect personal information on public sites. It is legal and very profitable, with this information those security questions become easy to guess, if you answer them how people expect. Did you know that the question “what is your mother’s maiden name?” goes all the way back

to 1898 as a security question? Seems like a pretty common question that would be easy to answer. Answers to these questions should be evasive. It seems counterintuitive but making them tricky can be fun at the same time. One person chose the answer to “where was I born?” as “in a log hospital”—truth can be subjective. What’s true for your real-life questions doesn’t have to be for your digital life. Worried you can’t remember the answers? It’s okay to write them down, just put them in a place no one has

access to. The same goes for passwords, if you write them down you should list them as things you know but others won’t. For example, a bank account might be listed as cookie jar instead, or rainy day or anything that helps you remember what it is but doesn’t make it obvious. Do you have a technology question you want answered? Feel free to email me and I’ll try to answer it here. There’s no such thing as a dumb question, we all start our journey with technology at the same place, some of us just start on it earlier in life.

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Mosquitoes suck By Moneca Jantzen


hat’s not me with some crazy new hair-do but the beady eyes might resemble mine on some mornings, especially the ones after a night of ripping up my ankles as I scratch the multitude of mosquito bites I seem to acquire each day in the summer. That beautiful image is an up close and personal view of my arch nemesis. I have quite reluctantly but personally donated countless mosquito bellies worth of plasma to their collective cause over my lifetime. Some years I have actually avoided going outdoors because of them and that actually pisses me off. I’m not some fragile wilting violet but I do burn in the sun, sweat easily and mosquitoes absolutely adore me. (Don’t I sound appealing?) This is not to say that no one else gets victimized by these voracious pests, but I do seem to get singled out when I compare my fate to that of others. I have no idea what is so special about me or why they love me so much. Do I give off some irresistable odour? Am I so fair-skinned that they can see me coming a mile away? Am I wearing too much dark clothing or is there simply too much surface area that makes me easy pickins? I’m like a banquet they never knew was coming. Surprise! No one seems to really know why some folks get bit more than others. This year, they have been so relentless that I was resorting to wearing layers of clothing, long sleeves and thick jeans, to mow the lawn even when it was 30°C, the lawn seemingly their favourite hiding spot. Walking around collecting doggy-doo each day or so has felt like a trek through a mosquito infested swamp rather than a dew-covered lawn as you watch them scatter only to land on your foot and begin their feast. This is nothing new to me, of course. When I had the pleasure of spending three months in Mali, West Africa in my early 20s while on

Canada World Youth, one of my most vivid memories was the ring of mosquito bites I acquired primarily around my ankles. Other friends got stung by scorpions and invaded

by amoebas. I got eaten alive by rotten ole mosquitoes. I’ve always said that if I was ever driven insane, it would be from the buzzing of black

flies or mosquitoes in my ears. And I know this is true. Unfortunately, I have actually let this creature limit my activities. I haven’t nurtured very many outdoor pursuits because of them. I always think about whether or not there will be mosquitoes when I do anything outdoors and how will I cope with them. Here I am finally with a beautiful backyard that I want to be able to enjoy. I want to be able to go for long walks without being carried off or driven crazy by these prickly little so-and-sos. I want to travel and I want to spend more time outside. I have so many bites now that I no longer care. I scratch them, rub ointments on them, pour vinegar and dab them with rubbing alcohol. The welts are everywhere, sometimes weeping, sometimes angry and red and even bleeding. The itching just has to stop at all costs! I bought a bug zapper (pretty much ineffectual unless you hate moths). I considered buying a repellent diffuser for the yard. I have no idea if they work but I’m loathe to waste more money. I did buy some “Eau du regions sauvages” and will likely spend the rest of the season smelling like some percentage of DEET just so I can minimize the inevitable. I will also spend the summer having far too many showers just so that I can enjoy my yard AND still go in the hot tub, but I’m serving notice that I’m not going let these little suckers win. Not anymore. I know they don’t care one way or the other, but I really wish they would stop choosing me. I am really a terrible hostess. Regardless, if you spot me out and about, I’ll be the one with the miserable looking ankles and polkadot extremeties scratching like a flea-seeking monkey. And I’ll smell like bug repellant because there’s no other way to cope short of donning a hazmat suit. See you around and happy summer! Bzzz! Bzzzzz! Bzz!

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Outdoor living spaces have become increasingly popular among homeowners in recent years, and that popularity grew even more over the last year. As social distancing guidelines issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic encouraged people to stay home as much as possible, a desire for accessible, enjoyable outdoor spaces grew. A 2020 study of Google trends data from the home decor retailer Living Spaces found that searches for items such as patio daybeds and small-space outdoor furniture grew by more than 200 percent between the early part of 2020 and the middle of the year. If outdoor living spaces are in demand, so, too, are ways to make those spaces as comfortable as possible. There's much homeowners can do to make the most of their outdoor spaces, but they might feel helpless against some unwanted, often relentless guests: insects. Insects can turn relaxing days on the patio into wars of attrition with hungry bugs like mosquitoes. Thankfully, there are ways to fight back against insects while simultaneously adding a little aesthetic appeal to the backyard. The Farmer's Almanac notes that planting

these insect-repelling plants around the patio or backyard can help homeowners successfully repel unwanted insects, including mosquitoes. · Lavender: Lavender is a fragrant plant that adds a pop of purple and has been known to repel mosquitoes, fleas, flies, and moths. · Basil: Basil can provide the best of both worlds, as it's been found to repel flies and moths and also makes for a tasty addition to pasta sauces and other dishes.

· Thyme: Also a valuable ingredient to keep in the kitchen, thyme can help keep hungry mosquitoes at bay. · Mint: The Farmer's Almanac warns that it's easy to overplant mint, so homeowners should only plant with care and make a concerted effort to prevent overgrowth. Also great in the kitchen, mint has long been considered an effective mosquito repellant. · Alliums: Like lavender, alliums can add a burst of purple to your patio. And though they aren't believed to repel mosquitoes, alliums have been found to be helpful against cabbage worms, aphids, carrot flies, and slugs. · Chrysanthemums: If ants are drawing homeowners' ire, chrysanthemums may do the trick. These eye-catching flowers also are believed to repel fleas and roaches, among other insects. · Marigolds: The scent of this awe-inspiring plant is known to repel mosquitoes and other pests. Marigolds also attract insects like ladybugs that are known to consume aphids, which are minute bugs that reproduce rapidly and feed by sucking sap from plants.

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On Being Alone The inside story WENDY WESEEN


eing alone is something I had to learn how to do. I’m naturally gregarious. I hear people say “I like to be alone. I’m comfortable in my own skin.” Other people, especially husbands and wives who have lived together for many years sometimes complain they don’t get enough time alone. The culture of current media swamps us with messages that family is where we ought to be putting our most valuable energies. In the sixties—the Leave it to Beaver era—marriage had rules about aloneness. We marched gleefully into

marriage and a first child was born within two years. Today more couples delay the birth of the first baby and sometimes choose not to have children. But you can’t beat biology and we are earthlings programmed to reproduce just like every other creature on the planet, though we don’t like to think of it in that way. There has always been a division of labour with a set of beliefs about what each gender is supposed to do. Sociologists have named them mores—social norms observed within any given culture that determine what is morally acceptable or unacceptable. We’ve come a long way baby! Although perhaps not as far as we think. When I married, I spent far more time with my partner than I soon realized I wanted. Yet when he said he wanted to be alone, I was sure he didn’t love me anymore. That was part of the belief system then. Most women did not work outside the home while men were in the public sphere all day. Women had been alone all day. And when their men came home, women

wanted some man time. I’m generalizing, of course. When my marriage ended, I was baptized into being alone on a 3-month backpack trip to Tuscany, Italy and wanted some “me’ time. What was the thing I most learned? It wasn’t how to use an ATM machine in a foreign language, which train to get onto, find appropriate food, learn cultural peculiarities, or even how to start a conversation with a stranger. It was how to be alone and self-sufficient. I came to realize three kinds of aloneness. One that can be satisfied by bumping into anyone. I call it my fix it: my pharmacist, a doctor’s assistant, a checkout person at the till, a computer or techie on the phone. A second loneliness comes from wanting a particular person by one’s side. Finally, the third is existential loneliness, the moment one realizes no matter what happens to you, there might be support but a loneliness that can not be banished; only you can birth that baby, write that exam, or face mortality. No one can do that bit for you.

I met a woman from Paris. A year earlier she had retired, was incredibly lonely, and traveling to find a new perspective. When we retire, we leave a different world behind, not realizing how much colleagues and workplaces mean to us. Sometimes retirement requires us to move from our church, neighborhood, and activities and groups we participated in. It often throws couples for a loop as they adjust to a new routine. This year demonstrated beyond my wildest expectations, what it means to be alone. What it means to be thrown into our own skins. What it means to need to reach out to others. What it must be like for those who have been alone in COVID protocols for as long as 18 months. But strangely, I’m almost afraid of its end. I have lived alone for 20 years but had the privilege of freedom of movement. The result of this pandemic is a new depth of understanding of a need to be part of community, and a wider place in the more-thanhuman world.

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ith the better weather it seems like all sorts of restored vehicles come out of hiding. Some are souped up to the owner’s desires while others look like they just came out of the factory and then there are all those in between. As an owner of a restored vehicle, a 1970 Acadian, the path I chose, was towards restoration to it’s original condition. The previous owner had enjoyed its companionship as “her grocery getter” for many, many years, and now it is my turn. While performing the rebuild I was challenged to “why don’t you put in a souped up small block V8 and scrap the 6 cylinder that was in it.” As the previous owner was aging gracefully, in her late 80s, I felt the car should be the same class act as she was. Like life, we are exposed

and expected to utilize and adapt to what is new or special. Which brings in a more modernized performance aspect to the restore equation but, these are classic, not hot rod vehicles. My attention was drawn to a really nice ’64 Chev Impala. The engine was getting a freshening up and as I looked at it’s appearance, it so reminded me of when the ’64 Impala came out in the fall of ’63. As a teenage boy I drooled all over its looks appreciating all the new changes, different from it’s predecessor. What a “Nice Car” and how powerful yet classy it looked. Now as I look at this 58 year old vehicle I couldn’t help but admire how good it looked, not only for the year but also against today’s standards of classy vehicles. The owner of the shop standing beside me said,

“It is aging gracefully.” Truer words could not have been said—time for a little luv as he gently patted the hood. Many times when people display a nicely restored vehicle it is not the colour or the shine that is the major emphasis. It’s how much went into the final finished product. What memories did this vehicle stir or create? Even the question of how did it get here? I have really noticed Kamloops has a large number of pleasantly restored vehicles, mostly restored by “do it yourselfers.” These people freely parade their various means of transportation for the public to see and talk about. Talking about owners, the previous owner of the Acadian went to a car show in West Vancouver just to see what was on display. She came

over to her old car as I was showing it and I mentioned to the people there that she was the original owner. Like bees to honey there appeared to be a few people curious and then more were curious to speak to this lovely senior woman who seemed to have aged as gracefully as her car had. She spoke to many people that afternoon with many thanking her for her first hand comments about an old car. As COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, the possibility of a car show may resume, so let’s be smart and get vaccinated. *I just got my second one this week ....... Yeah! Any concerns or comments please feel free to contact me at bigsix8280@yahoo.cam.


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looked outside of our usual routine. With all of that change came ideas – ideas for taking over an existing business venture! Plans to sell our existing business and retire or do something else entirely! But how to make that happen? There are two structures to buying or selling a business. First, if the business is incorporated, it can be sold as one package by selling the shares and transferring the whole thing over to keep operating under a new owner. Second, the business can sell its assets only and the new owner can take those assets and either keep operating the business as it was or start the business up differently with a new name or location. The assets sold can include the business name, website, telephone number and

existing clientele and status in the community (called goodwill). These items all have value to the new owner who will carry the business on. The way the business purchase and sale is structured depends on many things and is often guided by advice from an accountant and the plans for the business operations into the future. Although the idea is simple enough, even with a fairly straightforward business the process can be tricky and there are many liabilities and pitfalls that one must watch out for. There may be forgotten security agreements against equipment, a potential future lawsuit, landlord approval for assignment of the business premises lease, tax liability and so much more. To be safe, give the process at least 3 months

so that the lawyer handling the business purchase and sale can do all of the due diligence investigations required to make sure both parties end up with the company or asset they intended or the sale proceeds, and no hidden liability or strings attached. Each business is different and so are the steps and process to purchase or sell it – a lawyer can navigate you through this, handle the transfer of funds and prepare all of the paperwork necessary to transfer the business properly. Buying or selling a business is fun and exciting, but careful steps and checking every box in the process ensures the best chance for success and the smoothest transition moving forward.

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n this Canada Day, I encourage everyone to celebrate our strong, united and free country, reflect on our complex and challenging history,

and take time to appreciate the place we call home. I am proud to live in a country of peace, beauty and opportunity, which strives to learn from the past to better our future. This has been a difficult year filled with hardship … the ongoing challenges of COVID continue to bring an uncertainty to our lives on so many levels, and we are also coming to terms with our past, given the recent discovery of the remains of 215 children found buried on the site of the former residential

school in Kamloops. It’s both a time to mourn and a time to reflect on how much more work true reconciliation requires in order to create a path forward. We must continue to evolve and grow to make Canada a better place for all. We are a nation of such diverse cultural makeup; inclusivity must be foremost in our vision. In spite of our challenges, I hope everyone is able to enjoy a brighter summer that allows for a little more freedom, with a

continuing downward trend on COVID case counts and strong uptake on the vaccination front. From my family to yours, I hope everyone in the KamloopsThompson-Cariboo riding has a happy and safe Canada Day! Today is the last chance to enter your name into our annual draw for a beautiful Canada Day flag. Send in your name, address, phone number and email to cathy. mcleod.c1@parl.gc.ca

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A BIG Thank From the Alzheimer Society of B.C.


n behalf of the Alzheimer Society of B.C., I would like to thank the people of Barriere and Kamloops for participating in the 2021 IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s. They joined thousands of people in communities across the province and walked their own way in May to show their support for people affected by dementia. Participants got active and showed tremendous creativity while raising funds to support the Alzheimer Society of B.C. They walked, hiked, cycled, danced and more. Then on Sunday, May 30, they joined us online

to celebrate a month of activity and hear stories from people who are affected by dementia across Canada. In Barriere and Kamloops participants garnered support from family and friends and raised more than $51,000 in online donations for the Walk. These funds will support education sessions, support groups and our First Link® Dementia Helpline. They will also allow us to continue to expand digital support, as well as enabling research into the causes and cure for the disease. The pandemic has highlighted the isolation faced by people living

with dementia. However, through the Walk, participants showed that they are deeply committed to supporting their fellow community members facing the disease regardless of not being able to gather in-person for the event. Thank you for coming together to make memories matter. I’d also like to thank the organizing committee: they were instrumental to garnering local support and awareness for this event, and we could not have done this without them. Thank you. I would also like to thank the honouree families for being so gracious in sharing their story to help

You! raise awareness. The event also had incredible support from sponsors and donors. I’d like to thank our title sponsor IG Wealth Management for their ongoing support of the event. We are grateful for their vision and leadership, and for engaging their volunteers and driving fundraising across Canada. We’d also like to thank our provincial sponsor Cowell Auto Group for their unwavering continued support and commitment to people affected by dementia. While we may not be able to be together in-person with our community members

just yet, thanks to the generosity of our participants, donors, volunteers, honouree families, sponsors and patrons, we will continue to work to ensure people affected by dementia know they are not alone. Donations are open until June 30, 2021 at walkforalzheimers.ca. You can also watch the event’s recorded celebration on our Facebook page (@ AlzheimerBC).

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168 pages, oral history, memoir, ethnology Published by the Royal BC Museum, 2021

ti’tum’atul’wut, or Ruby Peter, is the woman who speaks to us from the pages of this book. She is a powerhouse of traditional knowledge of the Cowichan people on Vancouver Island and their Hul’q’umi’num’ language. From early childhood she is immersed in ancient cultural traditions. With loving but strict instruction from her mother, and with the infusion of support from the Elders, Ruby’s childhood and teen years are like an immersive apprenticeship as she absorbs the significance of components of her culture: the meanings of the prayers, songs, dances, masks, and longhouse rituals, as well as learning practical matters such as how to use plants and herbs as medicines. As an adult her role becomes even more intense and demanding, requiring an open heart, mental vigour, and a passion for improving the lives of her family and community. One focus is to help youth learn who they are, their lineage, to counter the intent of the residential school system: to extinguish the family ties, the language, and religion of the indigenous students. Her own father would not talk about his time in a residential school. Her two sisters and cousins were taken against their family’s will to the Kamloops Indian Residential School, presently in the news as a search for unmarked graves of children continues, with at least 215 such sites found. Ruby’s family is a hard-working unit, generations working together to contribute to the family finances, overseen by Ruby’s mother, then later, by Ruby. They have a herd of 100 cattle, farm for themselves, her dad goes logging, and they all do farm labour to earn cash for big goals like getting a car or tractor. Simultaneously they assist their Elders consistently and lovingly, and the Elders reciprocate. In the years when her children are

maturing, Ruby mirrors the teachings of her own mother, bringing up her children to be kind, resourceful, goal-driven individuals who respect themselves and others. Ruby Peter’s position as a cultural authority is combined with a desire for formal education to be available for her people. She works with a variety of institutions to teach her language to school children and adults, often using the ancient method of storytelling to impart oral history. She is the force behind a dictionary, videos and audio compilations of the Hul’q’umi’num’ language. In the late 1990’s she collaborates with Vancouver Island University anthropologist Helene Demers to compile a written account of this oral history, to be titled “What Was Said to Me”, “…the first of its kind ever published by the Royal BC Museum”. “What Was Said to Me” is a powerful testament to the spirituality, tenacity and resilience of Indigenous people. Recommended.

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oyal Inland Hospital Foundation will continue to benefit from the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open (CPWO) despite officials making the difficult decision to cancel the tournament for 2021. Canadian Pacific (CP) has helped raise more than $2 million through matching programs put in place for the BC Children’s Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital (RIH). In partnership with CP, and to continue raising money for RIH, in accordance with health and safety protocols, Kamloops’ South-Central Trucking and Industry (SCT&I) Charity Golf Tournament in support of RIH Foundation is still set to take place August 20th, 2021, at Rivershore Golf Links. We are extremely excited to be able to continue this tradition as this tournament is recognized as one Kamloops’ most successful charity events raising over $2,000,000 for RIH to date. The Foundation is grateful that CP has kindly committed $350,000 to RIH with $75,000 to go towards matching donations made on behalf of this golf tournament. In

addition, LPGA tour CP ambassador Lorie Kane is tentatively scheduled to make a guest appearance at this tournament. With this support, we proudly maintain our goal of raising $150,000 to be directed towards cardiac care at RIH. “Although the decision to cancel the CP Women’s Open must have been extremely difficult,” Heidi Coleman, RIH Foundation CEO exclaims, “We understand that many events will be affected, as we work together to get COVID-19 under control. We are honoured to be a community partner of CP and would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for their generous gift of $350,000 directed towards cardiac care at Royal Inland Hospital.” “It is important to CP that we continue our legacy of giving in the communities our employees call home and in which we operate,” said Brad Templeton, Superintendent Operations Mountain Division. “On behalf of CP and every employee that works and lives in the Kamloops area, we are proud to be able to give to Royal Inland Hospital

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or many this time at home has led to many organized areas in many homes, but for some they have just hidden their clutter! As is normal I have been hearing a lot that the solution is still to store unneeded clutter in a locker to deal with at a later date. I cringe when I hear these words as for most it becomes the “Storage Trap” as once it is there it is harder to deal with your stuff efficiently.

A locker is a tight little box that the only organizing skill required is the game Jenga or I guess that’s more for the downsizing to proceed. Besides the lack of access to 90 percent of your items, you now pay to hold on to these items instead of selling or donating and dealing with them. Storage lockers are a great resource and when used right can be a great lifeline but when used wrong it can lead to paying more for storage than the entire contents of the locker and its shocking how quickly this happens in most cases. They say do the things that make you uncomfortable and that is how to grow as a person. Turns out it’s the same with downsizing as there are many hard decisions to letting items go, but when you do it allows you to grow the space in your home or storage locker. For some it is necessary to store items but when figuring what is needed to be stored just keep in mind the more you store the more it costs. Perhaps the old lawn tools can be donated and bought back second hand if and

when the time comes to need them again. Some items are kept as they hold some value but if this is the case think of costs for how long you expect to store the items for and now double it. Now are the items worth keeping? I use storage lockers quite often. As I said, they are needed for some situations such as last minute home sales or excessive items to sell for a client, but there is always a plan and we always make the hard decisions before heading to the storage locker. Shawn Ferguson is a Professional Organizer in Kamloops, BC. He specializes in Senior Transition, Downsizing, www.everythingorganized. net , FaceBook https:// www.facebook.com/ everythingorganizedkamloops/ or call (250) 377-7601 for a free half hour consult in Kamloops. Do you have a topic that you would like Shawn to write about? Please email him at Shawn@ everythingorganized.net

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ARE COWS ADDICTIVE? Story By Trudy Frisk


didn’t believe it could happen to my friend. Not till he phoned to say he was back from his holiday in the Okanagan. Just a pleasure trip was the plan. See the scenery, do some boating, kick a little sand. “I bought cows”, he muttered as we were about to hang up. “Well, sure,” I replied. “You’ve wanted to get a few more head, haven’t you?” There was a long silence punctuated by the sound of a boot scuffing. Finally, he spoke. “I didn’t buy a few cows” he confessed. “I bought a lot of cows. I had to hire trucks to get them home!” Well, you know how it is. A man goes along for years convinced he can take cows or leave them alone. Time passes and cows are not an issue. Then, one day, he finds himself thinking about cows. Angus, Hereford, Charolais. Maybe even Holsteins. The urge overwhelms him. “Just one cow.” he says to himself, finally. “What harm could there be in a single cow?” Of course, one cow sounds a little lonely. “May as well get two cows. Having a couple more cows can’t hurt.” But it seems pretty

silly to go to all that trouble for just a couple of cows. If he’s taking the time, why not get ten? Ten’s a good round number. Not an excessive amount of cows, still, a man knows he’s gotten something substantial for his effort. But the question is, which ten? And so it goes. Before he realizes what he’s done, our cow addict has bought an entire herd and is down at the livestock transport office arranging to have them shipped to his ranch where he’ll likely try to pass them off as a pre-planned surprise for his wife. “Look, dear! A truck of Simmentals! Why?? Well, isn’t your birthday coming up? Bet you thought I’d forget, didn’t you?” The cow addict’s cheery “Honey, I’m home!” usually gets a wary wifely, “How many have you bought this time?” response. It’s not just cows, of course. Horse people suffer from addiction too. Many a bewildered horse fancier has gone to an auction just to see old friends and cast a skeptical eye over the stock on sale, only to find himself leading away some equine disaster

because the impulse to ‘get a horse for the kids’ was too strong to resist. Can anything be done for these folks? I doubt it. Setting up a buddy system where the addict buyer phones a friend to come talk him out of it would likely have both of them taking home animals they hadn’t planned on purchasing. The truth is these people are the modern equivalent of the stealthy

Pawnee sneaking into a neighbouring tribe’s camp to seize their horses; of the daring reivers driving purloined cattle over the Scottish border. Masai cattle lords in the Serengeti or Mongolian horsemen on their vast steppes would sympathize. The desire to acquire more stock crosses all cultural boundaries. It seems to be a basic human instinct. We’ll just have to live with it!

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sense these tips will help everyone avoid hardship and tragedy when the mercury climbs high again. • Hot cars can be traps. It is never safe to leave a pet, child, elderly person, or disabled individual locked in a car. Temperatures can climb rapidly inside of a sealed vehicle, even if the windows are cracked. • Pay attention. Listen to or read weather forecasts to stay abreast of potential temperature changes as well as the heat index. Discuss safety precautions with members of the family and make sure everyone knows what to do in an emergency. • Stock up on fluids. The Red Cross says to stay hydrated by drinking plenty

of fluids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Make sure the elderly also get plenty of water, as they often do not recognize dehydration as readily as others. • Limit strenuous activities. Reschedule outdoor activities if there is a heat wave, or move them to cooler times of the day. Spend the hottest portion of the day, usually between noon and 3 p.m., in the shade or inside in the air conditioning. People on job sites should take more frequent breaks and find shade whenever possible during these hours. • Change your clothes. Loose-fitting, lightweight, light-coloured clothing will help keep you cool. Avoid dark colours when spending time in the sun.

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MORNING SICKNESS Creative Writing by Rita Joan Dozlaw


ut for a stroll, Joan took notice of a swing in the back forty of an unused ball field partially surrounded by a rustic caved in snake fence. Several things intrigued her about that lonely swing. First of all, she wondered what it was doing way out there on the border of a forest area. Secondly, would it be safe to sit on? She looked over the lay of the land to see if anyone lived nearby. Someone must own it, she thought, but she couldn’t see any signs of housing… until she looked up and saw a dilapidated tree house. The wooden steps up the tree were rotten and some were missing. She could see sky through the broken slats of the rickety floor. All the signs, including a path overcome with weeds leading into the forest, told Joan that children used to play there. Joan was just a big kid at heart so, drawn to check out the swing, she strolled closer. Her main interest was whether or not it would actually hold and not give way under her elder-size body. Hanging from clanging chains supported by steel beams, the old treadless automobile tire appeared unforgiving, but Joan sat down in its cavity anyway, drowning in the black sunburnt rubber. Uncomfortable as heck, she was about to get up when, as she moved her feet into position, unintentionally, she twirled; the swing swayed sideways. Touching toes to the bare, worn patch of dirt shot the swing backward or forward effortlessly. A sense, in her inner

ear, of euphoria left her laughing out loud with her head down between her knees. Then, sitting up straight still laughing heartily, she couldn’t constrain the sounds from her taut throat as the momentum of sailing on air threw her head back. In total abandonment, her legs shot straight ahead, and the animation of her body startled her. There she was in her late sixties, undignified and carefree and having more fun than she could remember in years. With stiff arms, she let herself lay so far back that she looked upside down directly at sky where clouds broke apart and sun poked through the morning mist. The palette of colours, from that weird angle, resembled prisms of a rainbow yet there had been no rainstorm. Rearing as far back as her arms could hold her, she stared upwards at the sun reflecting off the edges of the low lazy clouds making the sky look green and greyblue. As always, awareness of the child within inspired Joan to make a plan. I’ll try to swing daily, she decided. Determined not to procrastinate, nor feel guilty about leaving the housework undone, the next day Joan got out early to walk the near kilometer distance to her tireless tire and enter that mysterious zone which brings serotonin, the happy hormone, to linger in one’s brain. Sitting in the bowl-like seat, which hung from those chains so high they seemed to drape right out of the sky, she kicked off and soared

into space. Higher and higher she climbed with her toeless sandals jabbing the earth when she came down to the ground. She picked up sand between her toes as she gathered speed. Leaning back, her hair flowing behind, the horizontal position teased her hair and it wallowed and tangled as it pleased in the gusts of wind. Joan’s decrepit body felt like the lithe girl in the advertisement in ‘O’ magazine. In her mind’s eye, she felt quite sure she looked strikingly similar too, even though her long hair was not bottledblond. The pull of gravity invigorated her and pushing off into nothingness felt like she had taken flight. Am I too old for these shenanigans? She asked herself knowing you’re never too old for anything at all, much less something so much fun… but she began to tire out (pun intended). Allowing the swing to drift slowly down, a startling realization overcame her. She was nauseous! Her head was swimming; her stomach was turning inside out. With her feet digging desperately into the loose sand to slow herself down, her first instinct was to impetuously jump off and lay still on the ground to steady her disquieted gut. Instead, of course, she froze and deliberately looked straight into the horizon – a trick she learned once, in a catamaran, as she was swayed by the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Avoiding even a glance at the magnificent clouds on either side of her peripheral

vision challenged Joan. Oddly, she could not sit still enough. The swing continued to subtly move beneath her… or was it her dizzy mind causing the upsetting sensation? She finally had strength enough to stand up and stability enough to remain vertical in spite of feeling faint. Dust, still suspended in the air around her, made her sneeze. She felt off balance, but hurried away and made it home to recover her equilibrium. Lying flat out, scarecrow style on her unmade bed, she curatively concentrated on the ceiling. Her eyes could not focus; they saw double; two ceiling lights hung over her bed instead of one. The ceiling itself lifted and fell, came and went as it occurred to her what had, most probably, gone wrong. That morning, she’d eaten nothing to break the overnight fast. No brekky meant no fun! She’d forgotten she was prone to motion sickness and mild symptoms of vertigo when her stomach was empty. In order to avoid, in future, what her late grandma used to term a ‘spell’, she gave herself two options: eat a good solid breakfast with a tiny Gravol pill for good measure – before heading out to play – or else simply grow up and act her age. It was easy to tell which plan she decided on. She would have eggs n’ bacon, toast n’ jam and a pot of java before allowing her stubborn inner child to go play.


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designed to help the healthy trees stay that way. I finished the day feeling a little more at home. In my time with Wild Church, I have learned something that those who lived here before me know well. Home Colouring outside the lines is not the building I REV. LEANN BLACKERT live in but is the land/ Wild Church space I live with – and the beings, humans and more-than-humans, “So does your new with whom I share place feel like home that space. My new yet?” neighbourhood includes Quite honesty, the some wonderful people answer is no. No, this and lots of children, as brand new house I well as willow and elm live in doesn’t feel like trees, mallards with home. And this brand their ducklings, a very new community I live in large covey of quail, doesn’t feel like home. turtles, butterflies, and This conversation many other beautiful, went in a new direction engaging neighbours. when my friend said, As our calendars “I live in a strata turn to July, the very community, and I don’t first day of the month unlock my back yard looms large. Perhaps for the maintenance a bit larger this year. team to come in and Canada Day! A day of work. For them it’s just celebrations, festivities another tick on their ‘to in parks, fireworks at do’ list. I prefer to be in night. A day set aside to relationship with that celebrate this nation. space. When I work it is The recent discovery truly a labour of love.” of the bodies of 215 That’s when I realized children buried on the my new place doesn’t grounds of the local feel like home because residential school offer a I haven’t developed sobering reminder that a relationship with the development of this the space – with the country came at a very “land” yet. After that high cost to those who conversation I spent the called this land home day tending the gardens long before settlers and pruning overgrown arrived. trees, a pruning Canada Day was


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story – and these stories invite us once again to listen to the hearts of those whose home lands and communities were dominated in the name of empire. Are we listening? Jesus models deep, heart-centered listening for us. But he does more than that. After he hears the heart stories of those who were struggling in some way, he acts. He demonstrates what “loving your neighbour” really looks like – and it looks like healing: healing physical ailments, emotional and mental disease, pain, and above all, healing broken relationships. This Canada Day I invite you to remember the 215 stories of brokenness – and to consider what actions we can choose to bring healing in this land we call home. Rev LeAnn Blackert works with Michele Walker, Lesly Comrie and Linda Clark in ministry with Wild Church in Kamloops, Sorrento and the Okanagan. She considers herself a seeker in her faith journey and wanders the wild world looking for the Great Mystery and the “wild Christ.” July happens to be her favourite month of the year. To find out more, visit wildchurchbc. org and be in touch!

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procrastinating”, we can start to start again. 8: Adopt the attitude of “do it now.” Doing it now provides you with 3 key benefits: It gets you started; it prevents a backlog; and it builds momentum. Once you are able to have a good momentum going, it’s easy to just keep going and get things done. 9: The next time you are tempted to procrastinate, simply put it off. That’s right, procrastinate about procrastinating. Say something like “I’ll start on this now and procrastinate later.” 10: If you take all the actions listed to date, the next step is to enjoy all the extra time you will have.

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by appointment only. PLEASE CALL 250-372-3090 TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT.

Drop in for a cleaning! Please call us from your cell phone when you arrive or come and knock on the door and we would be happy to assist you.

RING AID CENTRE Wishing you all a very Happy Canada Day!

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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