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Government regulation, primarily from the provincial and civic governments had a significant impact on our lives over the past 12 months, more than any other single event or individual. For that reason, the Capital News has chosen government regulation as our newsmaker of the year for 2010.

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NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR New government regulations imposed this past year often led to negative consequences This was a year of regulation. All levels of government appeared to be thinking along the same lines—increased regulation would make the world a better place, fix the problems. In some instances, the added surety was perhaps a good thing, but in many cases, it just meant a problem was moved somewhere else, as with the District of West Kelowna’s regulations against the mooring of houseboats in Gellatly

Bay; or it just meant that people protested it, as with imposition of the new harmonized sales tax. The latter actually led to the resignation of Premier Gordon Campbell, as a move to reverse the decision to implement the HST, driven by former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm, succeeded in gathering enough signatures on a petition that Elections B.C. had to accept it. At the provincial level, government also tackled the problem of distracted driving, by

banning the use of cell phones while driving. Then it was decided the legal level of intoxication while driving should be lowered, so that with less alcohol consumption, police could take drivers off the road, as well as take even more punitive steps against them. New regulations are still in the discussion stage around the use of water in B.C. as the Water Act Modernization process continues, but it appears certain that the regulation of groundwater,

which is currently unlicensed, will become a part of any changes to the century-old legislation. At the civic level, local governments tussled with artists over what is appropriate in public and whether smoking should be banned in parks; over-governance of gravel extraction and illegal suites in residential areas. Meantime, farmers continued their battle against new pests and low prices, weird weather and water allocation. It was just another year down on the farm.

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hen it came to regulation in 2010, nothing came close to creating the controversy that the Harmonized Sales Tax did. The tax, a blending of the former seven per cent provincial sales tax and the five per cent GST into a single new 12 per cent sales tax, raised the ire of hundreds of thousands of B.C. residents even before it came into effect July 1. FightHST, an organization fronted by former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm, circulated petitions in a bid to force the government to scrap the tax, which is applicable to many items and services previously excluded from the old provincial sales tax. That means a myriad of items and services, including such things as restaurant meals, funerals and some previously exempt children’s clothes, are now seven per cent more expensive. The petitions attracted 700,000 signatures, more than the 10 per cent of eligible voters in each riding in B.C. required to have the petitions accepted by Elections B.C. The success of the petitions led a Liberal/NDP committee of the Legislature to recommend the HST be put to the pubic vote next September under B.C.’s initiative rules. Premier Gordon Campbell immediately announced the vote would be binding and would not require anything more

than a simple majority to pass. Under the initiative law, the vote did not have to be binding on the government. Despite that, public anger grew, especially when it was learned officials in the government had been talking to Ottawa about the HST before the last provincial election, despite Campbell and Finance Minister Colin Hansen saying at the time that an HST for B.C. was “not on their radar.” The tax was announced, without public consultation, just days after the Liberals were returned to power in 2009. The implementation date was set for July 1, 2010. In addition to the petitions forcing the vote on the future of the tax, FightHST drew up a list of 24 MLAs it planned to target for recall in a bid to pressure the government to kill the tax. But while many businesses, especially restaurants, view the HST as a business or job killer, its biggest casualty so far has been the political future of Campbell. Faced with the lowest approval ratings of any premier in the history of the province at just nine per cent, Campbell announced in November that he would step down because he had become the touchstone of criticism about the tax and that was detracting from the work his government was trying to do. In the race to suc-

ceed Campbell, the five hopefuls—former cabinet ministers and current MLAs Kevin Falcon, George Abbott, Moira Stillwell and Mike DeJong, as well as former MLA and cabinet minister turned radio talk show host Christy Clark—have all come out in support of the HST. But most now say it looks like the HST will be rejected in the referendum. Despite that, several want the referendum date moved up. Clark, who said she understands why the government made the “hail Mary” move to bring in the HST—B.C. received $1.6 billion from the federal government at a time when its deficit was spiraling out of control— she thinks rather than spend millions on the referendum, MLAs should vote on the tax’s future in the legislature. That was what the Opposition NDP originally wanted but now oppose. Meanwhile, the first HST-related recall attempt is underway against Vancouver Island Liberal MLA and cabinet minister Ida Chong. Local HST opponents here say they will launch a recall bid against Kelowna-Mission MLA and Energy Minister Steve Thomson in the spring. Thomson and the other two Liberals, KelownaLake Country’s Norm Letnick and Westside-Kelowna’s Ben Stewart, the agriculture minister, were also on the FightHST

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B.C. PREMIER Gordon Campbell became such a strong symbol for the frustration over implementation of the harmonized sales tax that he was forced to tender his resignation as premier . “hit” list of MLAs it wants recalled for their support of the HST. As the year closes, the battle over the HST is just heating up. —Alistair Waters

DRINKING AND DRIVING

Of all the new regulations that came with getting behind the wheel in 2010—from no chat-

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New drinking and driving rules caused havoc for restaurants, bars Newsmaker from A3 mated 15 to 30 per cent hit to the hospitality industry. In an attempt to stem the losses, some businesses began running shuttle buses to get customers home. Police even began running demonstrations where members of the media drank and had their blood alcohol level tested in an effort to clear up “misinformation” about the new law. Seven weeks after the law came into effect, the provincial government decided to take a second look at what they called the “unintended consequences” of the public’s reaction to the new penalties. Solicitor General Rich Coleman said it had become an “urban legend” that people can’t even have one drink if they’re going to drive home and said the public—and police—needed more education about the measures. He asked ICBC to help educate the public during their annual CounterAttack adver-

tising programs and efforts to take a second look at the legislation were ongoing at the end of 2010. —Cheryl Wierda

WATER SUPPLY

Water was a major topic of conversation this year in the Okanagan with completion of a $3 million, three-year, multidisciplinary water supply and demand study, providing the foundation for future planning. The Okanagan Basin Water Board study showed that Okanagan residents use double what the average Canadian does, and nearly six times what the French use, yet this is the most watershort area of the country. Another surprise discovery was that the second highest portion of Okanagan water use is outdoors on gardens and lawns, washing cars and driveways. Anna Warwick Sears, executive director of the OBWB commented, “We could provide water for double this population if we just took out a third of our lawns.”

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The study was a collaboration of all levels of government and other agencies such as the OBWB. Its data is intended for use by those agencies to help in ensuring that future growth occurs where water is available, since that varies throughout the valley. Work continues to add data to the study on such facets as groundwater, about which there is less known than about the valley’s surface water resources. However, the study did show there is more groundwater used than was thought, and aquifers are linked to surface water. Meanwhile, the province embarked on a Water Act modernization project, to update the centuryold document, and began gathering public input to incorporate into it. Groundwater licensing, licensing allocation and priority, water for agriculture, water pricing, protection of water quality, stormwater management and hydrometric monitoring are all issues

that were discussed during the year as part of the modernization process, which will continue into the new year. Then, as the year drew to a close, a ministerial reorganization resulted in formation of a new Ministry of Natural Resource Operations, which included water use planning and authorizations, watershed restoration, fish, wildlife and habitat management, drought management, dam and dyke safety and regulation, flood plain management, public backcountry and commercial recreation, recreation sites and trails and a number of other water-related responsibilities. All were moved from other ministries into the new one. —Judie Steeves

WILD RIDE FOR FARMERS

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Okanagan this year, a dreaded pest for cherry growers to contend with that arrived here from Asia. Newsmaker from A4 for market. Prior to maturity, there are no indications the pest is present, and few chemical sprays are safe for use close to harvest, so once discovered, the pest can destroy an entire crop in no time, with no warning. Some growers picked their fruit but had it refused at the packinghouse, where there’s a no worms policy, because drosophila was discovered in the shipment. The new pest comes at a time when growers had just reduced the amount of chemical pesticides they apply to fruit with a new control for cherry fruit fly. —Judie Steeves

DEFINING PUBLIC NUDITY

If there was an example of government infringement in the arts this year, it’s somewhere in Cory Dixon’s battle with bylaw officers. Dixon is a young artist who wanted to stir the pot by getting Okanagan residents to look closer at our attitude toward male nudity while at the same time carving a place for himself among a landscape of galleries he was not entirely qualified to get into. With running cuts taking centre stage for most of the mainstream and larger institutions, burgeoning talent had to get somewhat creative this year to get noticed and Dixon seemed to know the playbook from the get go. He started with an initiative called the “grassroots project,” telling the Capital News his idea to use empty real estate space, like storefronts yet to be rented during the recession, was a “sort of rejuvenating project for the community.” The naked truth of

the matter was that his art, which featured male models without their pants on, probably wasn’t going to fly under those circumstances. When his first attempt to show his life-size, nude installations brought a request from an influential business person to take it down, he moved to a second location where mayhem ensued. After placing a sandwich board on the sidewalk advertising the show, he was told he would have to colour out the penis in the painting or face a fine. Earlier in the year, the Kelowna Art Gallery had chosen to put a curtain around a Joyce Hall painting of a nude man and the combination of the two events sparked quite the debate. Arguing that in an age where baseline arts institutions were struggling to get by, young artists need a place to express themselves, was Cory Dixon. Arguing that public nudity should not be tolerated even in art—though it is not expressly written in any bylaw—was the city’s bylaw department. —Jennifer Smith

POLICING LAND AND WATER

The biggest news on the Westside over the past year involved regulation around the uses of land and water. Primary among these were new rules around temporary living places, from secondary suites to houseboats. The other prime candidate for regulation was the movement and extraction of soil and rocks. Gravel pit applications met with disapproval across the Central Okanagan, from a Pyman Road proposal in Joe Rich to another proposed oper-

ation in Fintry, up Westside Road. The board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan registered their opposition to the Fintry pit, an application by Westbank First Nation and Canadian Aggregates Inc. to haul up to 249,000 metric tonnes of gravel per year from the site. Another project proposed near Peachland drew protestors locally and from the Fraser Valley. As a committee of government, industry and citizen representatives began working to identify appropriate places for sand and gravel operations to take place, municipalities began to put through bylaws on how soil and earth could be moved, and at what cost. West Kelowna continued to consider the final draft of their bylaw into the new year. The West Kelowna Residents’ Association had found the bylaw to be too restrictive and punitive, and the legislation was met with protests from the gravel industry as well. Regulation took centre stage on the waters of the Westside, as the district of West Kelowna struggled to deal with the numbers of houseboats and other vessels moored in Gellatly Bay. The district applied for a license of occupation for the water property, which would allow them to deliver eviction notices. After receiving the provincial license, West Kelowna asked houseboat owners to vacate the bay. Most left, while a few boats moored nearby off Kalamoir Regional Park. The legal contest was watched by boat residents in coastal B.C. as potentially precedent-setting. Coastal communities at Bowen Island and Oak Bay were struggling with similar issues around residential boats. Ruling around temporary accommodations on land also came to the fore, with debates over how to handle the more than 1,000 illegal secondary suites in the district of West Kelowna. Early in the year, the district adopted a draft policy to have homeowners with illegal secondary suites legalize the units, or have them shut down. Debates over applications and how secondary suites affect single-family residential areas took place at public information sessions and residents association meetings. Bylaw adjustments passed third reading in

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TOUGH ON SMOKERS

Smokers should have suspected an end to their public puffing at the turn of the century when the provincial governments started getting bar and restaurant patrons to butt out. Years later when dedicated smoking rooms, taxis and doorways became verboten, the end of lighting up was clearly near. Yet many still managed to muster surprise this year when Kelowna, alongside other cities in B.C., voted in a bylaw making public beaches, sports fields and parks smoke-free. The bylaw takes effect in the next month. “It’s ridiculous. I like to relax, and smoking helps me do that,” said one puffer who was lurking in the middle of Orchard Park mall’s parking lot, the day the bylaw came before council. Another man walking by the front door, feverishly sucking on a ciggie replacement, agreed the ban was over the top. “If someone wants to smoke, they should be able to smoke. I just don’t want to,” he said. At that point the bylaw was just being introduced to the City of Kelowna, but pressure for a widespread butt-out has been building for years. Nearly 40 other municipalities across Canada have taken the step to ban smoking in publicly owned spaces, so it wasn’t entirely unusual to see this city’s great outdoors go off limits. The movement is hinged on arguments that

cigarettes pose a serious fire hazard, are a major source of litter and inconsistent with the mandate of building a healthy British Columbia. Basically, anti-smoking advocates estimate smoking has no place in areas where people gather—especially children— as it compromises public health and safety. These points, cleverly combined with pictures of smokers in varying stages

of decline, have become commonplace, so there’s not much fuss when another ban comes into effect. But, as city councillors pointed out when they were mulling over the bylaw, it’s not that long ago that the tables were turned and everywhere from airplanes to emergency rooms were fitted with ashtrays. Coun. Luke Stack recalled a time when a hos-

pital board that proposing prohibiting smoking, sparked a backlash. “People seemed aghast,” he said, of the idea that someone wanted to clear the haze from those spaces. The lack of outcry this time around goes to show, regulation in the area of public smoking is something Canadians are becoming increasingly comfortable with. —Kathy Michaels Advertisement

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Canada’s junior chefs are not only passionate about creating food masterpieces, they also have compassion for the hungry—and they’re doing something about it. It’s an effort that’s been coordinated by Kelowna chef Jon Garratt, western junior board representative on the Canadian Culinary Federation, the national association for chefs. He gathered corporate sponsorship for each month to cover the printing of a full-colour 18month calendar featuring

photos of the creations of junior chefs from across the country, including four from the Okanagan. Sales of these colourful and mouth-watering calendars will raise funds for the 2011 Bidvest World Cooks Tour Against Hunger in South Africa as well as for junior chef initiatives in Canada. Garratt said the plan is for his team of four chefs to go to the event in South Africa next August where they will participate in a series of events to help raise more funds to feed the hungry there, from tours and food festivals to food demonstrations and feeding schemes.

It’s all being hosted by the South Africa Chefs Association. First, though, Garratt had to organize a recipe contest amongst the hundreds of his fellow junior chefs across Canada, which was judged by the CCFCC vice-presidents, to choose the 18 recipes which would be featured for each month in the calendar. Then, with the help of local chef Rod Butters of RauDZ Regional Table and the Okanagan Chefs Association, who did the food styling for the photos, photographer David McIlvride and project manager Alison Love,

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They will be troubleshooting new songs at O’Flannigan’s on Tuesday. The Matinée return to Kelowna on a tour designed to test-run some of their new songs before venturing into writing trips and the studio this spring. “As a group, we kind of know

that this next album is going to be really important for us in terms of taking us to the next level,” said Matt Rose, lead guitar for the band. Categorized as roots/rock, the group is hoping to incorporate a more diverse range of instruments in their new album, like a little more banjo. But don’t think this heralds a turn toward country. “We’re still kind of a rootsy

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After Jan. 1, consumers will be able to find a range of light bulb options on store shelves, including both efficient light bulb options and incandescent light bulbs. B.C. retailers can continue to carry the old incandescent 75 and 100W bulbs until their stock runs out. Other wattages will remain available to stock on shelves. These B.C. standards lead up to the federal government’s national light bulb efficiency standards, which will apply to most wattage levels sold across the country in 2012. Several speciality products are exempted from the B.C. and federal standards. B.C. leads the country in the adoption of energyefficient lighting alternatives, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), supporting aggressive energy conservation targets under the Clean Energy Act. Sixty-six per cent of BC Hydro’s incremental electricity needs must be met through efficiency and conservation by 2020. Over the past few years, British Columbians have been voluntarily shifting away from incandescent light bulbs toward more efficient products such as CFLs. Over seven million CFLs are sold annually in the province and 78 per cent of B.C. homes are already using CFLs. BC Hydro’s PowerSmart and FortisBC’s PowerSense have invested approximately $40 million over the past few years to ensure efficient products are available throughout B.C. Both incandescent and compact florescent light bulbs can be recycled at drop-off locations around B.C. For information on locations, call the Recycling Council of B.C.’s hotline at 604 732-9253 in the Lower Mainland, and 1 800 667-4321 in the rest of B.C. To learn more about CFL light bulbs and ways to make smart choices to reduce energy, visit www. livesmartbc.ca and www. bchydro.com/guides_tips/ green-your-home/lighting_guide/energy_efficient_lighting.html.

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s we have lived through the 1980s, ‘90s and this past decade, everything we buy and produce has continued to go up in price. Taxes, consumer prices, wages, bank profits…but the question more of us need to be asking as we enter the second decade of the 21st century is when does it all stop? Why is it that you need to reach a household six-figure salary to achieve any level of fiscal comfort in the Okanagan? Or for anywhere else that matter with a population of more than 100,000 people. How are we to sustain social services for people retiring at 55, who could live another 20 to 30 years, requiring many body parts, from hearts to hips to

knees, to be replaced in that time? How can we sustain continual salary increases for public service employees when the private sector is often collecBarry tively treading water? As countries like Gerding China, India and Southeast Asia continue to grow their economies by manufacturing consumer goods at a low cost, how does North America keep up other than out-sourcing more and more jobs.? The answers to all those questions is we don’t. But no government wants to touch that with a 10-foot pole, because as I have said before in this column, we don’t want to face the inevitable truth. That’s why it is interesting to see the latest development in the soon-to

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be Republican controlled Congress this month. The Republicans are proposing legislation that would enable fiscally-strapped U.S. states to declare bankruptcy. If they carry through with this legislation and President Barack Obama signs off on it, it enables Congressional Republicans to avoid a federal bailout of bankrupt states, such as California and Illinois, and it will cripple public employee unions, giving states the opportunity to rewrite, not necessarily renegotiate, union contracts. And just how long before the private sector tries to jump on board that gravy train to reduce labour costs in the same manner. For the Republicans, to bring in such changes would facilitate a crippling of the influence of organized labour, always a major supporter of the Democrat Party, in the same way pushing for tax cuts for the richest percent-

age of Americans this year enables their party supporters to further load up the party’s coffers. That is how politics is played in the cynical Washington, D.C. beltway, but the legislation does offer a glimpse into the political crystal ball of the future, which says the debt being piled up by the U.S. can never be repaid. Here in Canada, our overall financial situation may not be quite so precarious as the U.S., but we are a country, and a province, that adds to the deficit ever year while facing increased social and health service demands. Maybe it will be 2011, or two, five or 10 years down the road even, but our fiscal time of reckoning is going to confront us, and we not talking enough about how to address those issues. Barry Gerding is managing editor of the Capital News. bgerding@kelownacapnews.com


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Differing angles on church’s relevance To the editor: Have Churches Lost Their Relevance? by Lorne Beloud, (Dec. 22 Capital News). The answer is both simple and obvious; churches haven’t been relevant for a long time because the Bible itself is not relevant. People—at least those who pay attention— are beginning to recognize that great chunks of the Bible make absolutely no sense in the modern world. Read any of the books by renowned biblical researcher Bart Ehrman, or Bishop Spong and one soon has to question the legitimacy of a book that has been so edited and added to throughout the centuries that the very fundamental tenets of Christianity must be called into question. When believers learn that the virgin birth merited no mention until first Mathew, then Luke introduced the idea a century or so after the supposed event, serious doubts inevitably arise. What do you think happens to a person’s faith when they learn that many of the more familriar verses of the New Testament were only added

centuries later, in the Middle Ages? Why does Paul never mention the so-called miracles? Could it be because they were a much later addition? Even the most committed churchgoers, who claim the Bible to be the literal and inerrant word of God, have discarded the more ridiculous parts of both the Old and the New Testaments. Nobody in their right mind still advocates stoning to death those who work on the Sabbath, or thinks that slavery is acceptable or that women should cover their heads, remain silent and never instruct men. For light and rather amusing reading check out A.J. Jacobs’ book The Year of Living Biblically. You will quickly see how utterly impossible it is to truly believe and follow the hundreds of God’s extraordinary rules and commandments. As Isaac Asimov said “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.” Read it only for its literary and historical value. Guy King, Kelowna

To the editor: No doubt religion and church still play very important roles in the lives of many people, but as a force in society it does indeed appear to have lost some relevance. A perfect example can be found in their limited response to the issue of abortion. There’s a story that has become known as Sing a Little Louder in which pro-life activist Penny Lea tells of what an old man tearfully told her after a prolife presentation she gave some years ago. The man lived in Germany during the Nazi Holocaust and attended a small church situated near a set of railroad tracks. After the extermination of the Jews and others began, the tracks behind the church were used to transport loads of moaning, screaming people to their horrific destiny. Church members, disturbed by the sounds coming from the train but unsure of how to react, learned that if they just sang a little louder the cries would be drowned out and their consciences eased.

Today, church leaders avoid speaking about abortion so that no one sitting in the pews is disturbed or offended. Perhaps they don’t want to appear confrontational or judgmental to anyone on the outside looking in. Their bands play loud praise and worship music and much singing and clapping ensues. Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, tiny unborn babies and the deceived women who carry them meet their own horrific destiny. In a few brief moments of suction-powered violence, babies are dismembered to death and women are sentenced to live forever with the fact that their own child has been lost. Only some of our 99 churches dare to get involved and speak out against the taking of innocent human life right here in our community. The rest—like the majority of the public—prefer to turn a blind eye, refusing to acknowledge the tragedy in our midst. Sadly, it seems they would rather just sing a little louder.

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Okanagan Institute providing intellectual content to the events. Among the many kind kudos we received this year is from Jack Crawford, a regular at our Kelowna events: “Thank you. The hard work and dedication you have put into the Institute has meant a great deal to people like me who thirst for information and thrive on intellectual exercise. In retirement from active business, one misses the arousal of creative thinking.” As we have been doing for several years now, we continued to present events that explore our main themes: creative and cultural affairs, the life of the mind and spirit, the culinary arts and agriculture, the natural and the built environment, social and community issues. We also held two Open Stage events, in which we invited senior and developing writers to share some of their work with our audience. We intend to continue to offer our stage as an open space to explore writing. Schedule: From late

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Rockets host Twelve top midget teams are set to converge on Kelowna this week for the 32nd go around at the Kelowna International Major Midget Hockey Tournament. Kelowna’s midget Tier 1 team will act as host while the Pursuit of Excellence and the Okanagan Hockey Academy are the other area teams that will challenge for the title in the tournament which begins on Wednesday and continues through Sunday. The field features the top two teams from Notre Dame, including the defending Canadian midget champions the Notre Dame Hounds. “This tournament has some of the best, purest hockey that is being played across the country,” said tournament or-

ganizing committee member Dave McLellan. “We see some amazing hockey in this tournament. These players next step is junior. This is where the scouts come to see how these kids are playing.” Games take place all week at Rutland and Memorial Arenas. The Kelowna Cooperators Insurance Junior Rockets kick off the tournament on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. against the North Delta Sun Devils in a game that follows the opening ceremonies at Memorial Arena. Assistant coach Mack O’Rourke said the Kelowna midget tournament is one that the players on the Kelowna team look forward to. “Growing up in Kelowna, this is the tournament that everyone wants

FORWARD Taylor Jordan (left) and the Kelowna Cooperators Insurance Rockets will open play at the Kelowna International Major Midget Tournament Wednesday night at Memorial Arena against the North Delta Sundevils. FRED SCHAAD/CONTRIBUTOR

to play in,” said O’Rourke. “Most of these guys won’t be in minor hockey in a year so it’s a great way for them to finish their minor

hockey career.” Each team will be guaranteed five games of play at the event which will wrap up next Sun-

day with the championship game to take place at 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Arena. “We focus on hock-

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Finding enough players to fill out an all-star team from past Kelowna International Major Midget Tournaments would be a simple exercise. However, deciding on exactly who makes the first team and who doesn’t, is where the selection process might get a little sticky—especially on the forward lines. Topping the list of those who have graced the ice at Memorial Arena in past tournaments is NHL Hall of Famer and 741 goal-scorer Brett Hull. The

offensively-gifted right winger and son of fellow Hall of Famer Bobby Hull played at KIMMT with North Shore in 1981. Sharing superstar status with Hull is Joe Sakic, a future Hall of Famer and the Olympic MVP in 2002. Sakic, who amassed 1,641 points in 20 NHL seasons with Quebec and Colorado, suited up with Burnaby at the 1986 midget tournament. Current Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla, a 456 goal scorer in the NHL, played for the St. Albert Raiders in 1993. Also deserving honourable all-star consider-

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Leafs’ 2010-11 defensive corps, played with North Battleford, Sask., in 1992. • Russ Courtnall, the speedy forward who compiled 744 points over 15 seasons with six NHL teams, played for his hometown Victoria in 1982. And there are still more with the likes of Chris Joseph, Wes Walz, Brent Sopel, Jeff Friesen, Sylvain Cote and Kent Manderville who have been key players for their

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championship. More than 45 former and current Owls gathered Dec. 27 to don the Owls jersey again and play in a fun, one-day tournament that featured KSS graduates from as far back as 1954 right up to the current Kelowna Owls team. “It went really well,” said organizer Rusty May. “It was great to see a lot of the old coaches who showed up. There were a lot of players who didn’t play and just came out to watch and the fan turnout was very good. It was one

of the largest socials we have ever had as well.” Five teams started the day-long event: The current Owls, minus a few players away for Christmas, and graduates who were grouped together to form teams from 2004’06, 1997-’02, a 2005 team as well as a team consisting of grads from earlier years. Teams played a round robin with the ’97-’02 class taking on the ’05s in the final game. With players like former professional player

Trent Kitsch along with BJ Grenda, Garth Dupre and Drew Lejbak, the ’97’02 Owls claimed an eight point win over Will Dean, Jon Zaleski and Rob Dick and the rest of the ’05 class. In the consolation game the current Owls flexed the muscles that have them ranked as the fifth best AAA boys team in the province this year, scoring 125 points to beat the ’04-’06 group with players like Kealy McDonald, Stu Lang and Jerod Zaleski.

May says it was a good time and many players showed off plenty of skill with the basketball. “You tend to have a lot of the more skilled guys who are still playing who come back and play well,” said May. “There was definitely some fantastic basketball going on.” In the end the event was also a fundraiser for the KSS Owls team coached by Harry Parmar. “It was nice that we were able to raise a little bit of money for the current team,” said May.

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OK Rockets mix it up against older players The young Okanagan Rockets had their moments but came up empty at the 2010 Calgary Mac’s International Midget Hockey Tournament.

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Rockets 46-33. In their third game, perennial prairie powers, the Saskatoon Contacts, beat the Rockets 7-4. Okanagan ran into penalty trouble against the Contacts taking 12 minor penalties. Mat Lambert had a goal and an assist for the Rockets who were out shot 54-33. The Rockets will return to action in the B.C. Major Midget League Jan. 8 and when they visit the North Island Silvertips for two games in Nanaimo. Okanagan (10-142) is in seventh spot, two points back of the Northeast Chiefs for the sixth and final playoff spot in the BCMML.

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uphill run at a B.C. Cup Biathlon event held recently in the Callaghan Valley.

Cross-country The last two weeks have been very busy for telemark skiers both in Canmore and at Callaghan Valley. Canmore was the Calforex Cup/ Noram as well as BC’s CWG trials. The Telemark Biathlon team closed out 2010 with a busy December of competition. At the Calforex Cup/ Noram and Canada Winter Games trials in Camrose, Carson Mackenzie placed first in the 7.5 km pursuit race. Both Jasper Mackenzie and Julia Ransom qualified for places on the B.C. team going to the CWG this February in Halifax. The second event was the B.C. Cup and trial races for the Canadian team for the World Junior Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Julia Ransom qualified for Worlds after two sixth-place finishes in the sprints and a second in the

mass start. Other results included: • Jasper Mackenzie, 16th in sprints. • Carson Mackenzie, first in 6 km sprint; and Devon Greenhalgh fourth. • Hayden Conlin-Mouat, first in junior sprint, Eric Byram second, Tyler Greenhalgh third, and Hailee Friesen, seventh. • Bryson ConlinMouat, fourth in midget sprints • Jasper Mackenzie, 14th in sprints • Carson Mackenzie first, and Devon Greenhalgh fourth in 6 km sprint. • Eric Byram first, Hayden Conlin-Mouat second in pursuit • Carson Mackenzie, 1st in Pursuit • Jasper Mackenzie, 12th in mass start. Meanwhile, Telemark is hosting a Demo Days event this Sunday, Jan. 2, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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A Mount Boucherie Secondary graduate will be bringing the operatic sounds of the Royal Conservatory to the area over the holidays. A Jan. 7 performance in Kelowna will feature Jamie Naka. Naka said she will be performing a couple of art songs, English pieces, a few Canadian contemporary songs and a few arias from ‘The Marriage of Figaro.’ Naka was taking lessons for three years in Penticton with teacher Helga Tucker. She said when Tucker moved

to Toronto, many of her students followed her. Now in her fourth year at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory, she also went for training there from that familiar face. “She’s just amazing with technique. She’s one of the best teachers out there for just technique in general.” After a year off, Naka too moved to Toronto to keep learning from her favourite teacher. The busy streets are a change from the Westside, and Naka said she finds it amazing to be immersed in all the culture. From an area where there is little classical music to be had, Naka now has access to the

performances of the Canadian Opera Company. She added that a couple of singers from the Conservatory studio have debuted at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Auditions in Toronto are on the horizon for Naka, but she noted she would like to keep furthering her opera education. She pointed out that opera vocalists are not like violinists or cellists, who can begin practice at a young age. With the voice still developing up to the age of 26, she pointed out most people get a later start in opera and their musicianship is not as far advanced. “It does take a lot of work.”

Naka said many teachers are reluctant to take young students, looking for candidates with experience and maturity. “Your actual singing voice never stops maturing, and then it over-matures.” Many older people can still sing, but once their performance career is over, a background in technique can keep them teaching. “That’s why technique is so important.” Naka will be performing with jazz singer and songwriter Olga Osipova at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Kelowna, Jan. 7 at 7 pm. Osipova per-

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his is my fourth anniversary column. My first column: “It’s not about screwing the insurance company”, was published January 7, 2007. It all started when my good friend Lori Welbourne, then an advertising consultant with The Capital News, suggested that I submit a few sample columns to the editor for his consideration. I had no experience as a writer, outside of demand letters and dry legal briefs, but those first drafts easily rolled off my typing fingers. As I started writing, I started getting excited. One of my passions, which likely led me into the practice of law in the first place, is fighting unfairness and injustice. While putting togeth-

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fore the editor gave me the thumbs up and started publishing my work. Over the years, I have been clear that it’s not about nasty individuals working for insurance companies and not even about their nasty employers. It’s the simple reality that insurance companies are profit driven entities just like every other corporation. A corporation’s duty is to its shareholders, which means maximizing profits. For an insurance company, that very simply means paying out as little as it can get away with for injury and other insurance claims. I have allowed myself, from time to time, to become angry at certain insurance adjusters for employing unfair tactics, particularly with unrep-

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resented injury victims. When that has happened, I have had to remind myself that they are just doing their jobs, and it’s up to me to speak up through my column to stop those tactics in their tracks. From time to time, I have also taken aim at other legal issues that have grabbed my attention as requiring public

education, such as when judges are publicly challenged by people who are totally ignorant about what went on in the courtroom in a particular case, or ignorant to the fact that it is a judge’s duty to apply the law that we, the people, legislate. My message has been: If you don’t like the law, ask your MP or MLA to change it, don’t blame the judges. Have I had an impact? I know from responding letters to the editor that I have the attention of the upper echelons of ICBC, which I suppose is a good indicator. I also know from the fact that the entire Westside seems instantly aware when I publish columns confessing about getting a speeding ticket or about putting my win-

ter tires on backwards that at least some people are getting my message! It didn’t take long for me to start using the influence I have through this column to try to reduce the number of car crashes by attempting to change driving attitudes. Last week’s column was an example of that. Car crashes, and therefore car crash injuries, are preventable. They are not inevitable. Have I had any success in reducing car crashes? I wonder. It sure doesn’t seem like it, but I will continue to try. You can expect more of the same over the coming year. If there are injustices or poor driver behaviour that you would like to have highlighted in one of my columns, please send

me an e-mail. If you are new to reading my column, I invite you to check out my web site where I have archived all of my published columns: www.hergottlaw. ca. The advice I gave about personal injury claims back in 2007 is just as relevant today as it was then. I wish you all the very, very best in 2011. Remember, the very best claim is no claim at all. Drive defensively. This column is intended to provide general information about injury claims. It is not a substitute for retaining a lawyer to provide legal advice specifically pertaining to your case. Paul Hergott is a lawyer with Hergott Law in West Kelowna. paul@hlaw.ca

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Stockwell Day Monetary Fund reported Canada’s economy is the strongest in the industrialized world. The World Economic Forum said that Canada’s financial institutions are the most stable in the world and the O.E.C.D. said that Canada’s economy ‘shines’. By December, the employment numbers

showed an increase of 444,000 new jobs since July 2009. Here in the constituency there were more projects announced and completed in 2010 than in any of the 10 years I’ve been serving you as your Member of Parliament. These positive indicators are by no means declaring that all is well at all times with all people. There are still those who are diligently pursuing job opportunities but nevertheless remain out of work. That is why we will maintain the enhancements to our EI fund. And even though Canada’s economy is strong the global economic recovery is fragile. For

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PREMIER GORDON CAMPBELL rides the zipline at Robson Square during the Olympics in February. introduces legislation to wind up the provincial sales tax to make way for a harmonized sales tax. April 6: Former premier Bill Vander Zalm launches what will become B.C.’s first successful initiative petition, calling on the government to “extinguish” the HST. April 9: B.C. Public Safety Minister Kash Heed resigns his cabinet post as the RCMP investigate possible Elections Act violations in his 2009 campaign in VancouverFraserview. April 18: Premier Gordon Campbell announces B.C. will proceed to environmental assessment for Site C, a third hydroelectric dam on the Peace River. April 27: Attorney-

General Mike de Jong announces new fees and vehicle impoundment options for drivers caught with a blood alcohol reading between 0.05 and 0.08 per cent. May 17: The B.C. government begins work on a drought response plan after a warm winter ends with lower-thannormal snowpacks in all regions except the southwest coast. June 11: Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom resigns as energy minister, saying he can no longer support the HST. July 1: The harmonized sales tax takes effect in B.C. and Ontario. July 9: The B.C. government reveals it spent $160 million to “leverage” the 2010 Olympic Games,

from pavilions in Beijing and Torino to community torch celebrations, bringing the total cost to provincial taxpayers to $925 million. Aug. 24: The B.C. government announces unprecedented mine royalty sharing agreements with aboriginal groups for the New Afton and Mount Milligan copper-gold mines. Sept. 13: A legislative committee decides to put the HST to a province-wide vote in September 2011. Sept. 23: The second consecutive hot, dry summer in central and northern B.C. produced the biggest burned area sin0ce the province started fighting forest fires, and the lowest northern river lev-

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Here are some of the highlights of an eventful year in the history of British Columbia politics. Jan. 20: The B.C. government issues layoff notices to 233 provincial employees in the second round of cost-cutting measures since B.C.’s deficit soared in 2009. Jan. 28: The largest mass immunization in Canadian history wraps up with about 40 per cent of B.C. residents receiving vaccine for H1N1 influenza. Feb. 11: Stephen Harper is the first Canadian prime minister to address the B.C. legislature, as he and Premier Gordon Campbell prepare for the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics the next day. Feb. 18: Premier Gordon Campbell and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer sign an agreement to restrict industrial development in the Flathead Valley in southeastern B.C. March 2: The B.C. government tables a budget that forecasts a $1.7 billion deficit this fiscal year, and reveals a BC Hydro plan to increase rates by 15 per cent in the next two years. March 16: Four years after the BC Ferries Queen of the North ran aground and sank, former navigation officer Karl Lilgert is charged with criminal negligence causing the deaths of passengers Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rosette of 100 Mile House. March 30: Finance Minister Colin Hansen

els ever recorded. Sept. 29: Labour Minister Murray Coell tells municipal leaders at their annual convention that the government is considering raising the $8-anhour minimum wage for the first time in nine years. Oct. 7: Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson is expelled from the NDP caucus for publicly criticizing leader Carole James. Oct. 18: Former ministerial aides Dave Basi and Bob Virk plead guilty to breach of trust and accepting benefits, ending a seven-year investigation and trial into the sale of BC Rail operations. Oct. 25: Premier Gordon Campbell announces a sweeping reorganization of resource ministries, two days before a televised address announcing a 15 per cent personal income tax cut for the new year. Nov. 3: Campbell announces he is stepping down as premier and B.C. Liberal leader. The tax cut would later be suspended until a new premier is sworn in Feb. 26.



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Among the Ukrainians, wherever they may be, the most beloved of all festivities is Christmas. It covers a cycle of important feast days ending with the Jordan holidays on Jan. 20. Christmas Eve, centering around family is very colourful, being the most important part of Christmas. Its main feature is the evening meal called the Holy Supper. According to Ukrainian custom, all members of the family should be home that night for a family reunion.

The supper of the Holy Night differs from other evening meals, having 12 Lenten dishes, symbolic of the 12 Apostles who gathered at the last supper. The dishes are prepared with vegetable shortening or cooking oil, omitting all animal fat, milk and milk products because Christmas is preceded by a period of fast which ends on Christmas Day after midnight or morning church services. The table, set according to time-honoured customs, is first strewn with a small handful of fine hay in the memory of the Christ Child in the manger, and over it is spread

the very best tablecloth. Bread, symbolizing prosperity, constitutes the central table decoration. A candle is inserted in the centre. If a member of the family has died during the year a place is set for him in belief that the spirit of the deceased unites with the family on that magic Holy Night. A lighted candle is always place in the window as an invitation in case someone is lonely to join the family in celebrating the birth of Christ. The first Star in the sky announces the time for the commencement of the meal. It is the children’s duty to watch for the star.

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Chilly temperatures in the valley mean thoughts turn to the slopes at Crystal Mountain. Resort general manager Mike Morin noted this season has already been much better than last year. “Last year, the Olympics really hurt us.” He noted that because Crystal Mountain is a family hill, they felt the effects of people spending their discretionary funds on traveling to Vancouver. He added that during the actual weeks of the Olympics, the temperatures were warm enough that the highways were open. With heavy media coverage of the event, it drew a lot of people down south at a time they would be up on Crystal runs. But this year, Morin said everything is in their favour. Cold and snowy weather in the valley is a boon to the hill. Morin noted that if its cold in the valley, people think about skiing. Many times when he goes into town on a day off, if there is no snow around, hitting the slopes is not top of mind. Getting enough snow up the mountain is a different story. Morin said since the hill’s opening in 1967, the resort has never had to rely on

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The master of the household who brings a sheaf of wheat called “did” or “dido,” a symbol of the gathering together of the clan, and greets his family with traditional salutations expressing joy that God has favoured them with good health and general well being. The sheaf is placed in the corner of the dining room and remains there until New Year when it is taken out and burned. The first dish is kutya, a preparation of cooked wheat and dressed with honey-ground poppy seed, and sometimes chopped nuts. The head of the family raises the first spoonful of kutya and greets the family with the traditional Christmas greeting. Kutya may be followed with herrings, borsch, fish, varenyky— all meatless dishes. Everyone must have at least a small serving of each dish. New Year’s is another feast rich in traditions which are gradually disappearing in Canada. About the only custom that still remains is visiting homes by young children who bring a New Year’s greeting, recite verses and then scatter a few grains of wheat or other seed over the floor as a symbol of good luck and general prosperity for the coming year. Here in Canada we celebrate the Ukrainian New Year’s one week after Jan. 7, which is the Ukrainian Christmas. The feast of Jordan takes place on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 brings Christmas to a close. Sonia Romanyshyn is a West Kelowna resident.

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from Testalinden Creek near Oliver onto the highway, taking with it homes, crops and machinery. Luckily, no one was injured. Argo also helped establish access to affected homeowners’ properties and crops, re-establish and reinforce the path that the creek had found its way through, cleaning up the debris and establishing and installing culverts to create new crossings on the creek to enable access. “Certainly the work is not complete. There is considerable amounts of remediation work that will be ongoing, likely starting fairly early in the new year and continuing for several months,” added Paulson. With the winter season their major focus, the company has about 160 employees working right now. Now you can use the Internet to add your own non-profit event to the Capital News Stuff to Do. Simply go to kelownacapnews.com, look for the calendar and click on Add Event.


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Leg pain generated from varied sources Leg pain can occur anywhere from the hip down to the heel. It can come in many forms, such as pain that is constant versus intermittent, pain that develops suddenly versus gradually, or pain that affects the entire leg versus a certain area such as the knee or shin. The quality of the pain can also range, from dull and aching to tingling or sharp and stabbing. Because we rely on our legs to get us around, leg pain can interfere with our daily lives by affecting our ability to walk, put weight on the leg or feel stable standing on our own two feet. Most often leg pain is caused by damage to a bone, muscle, ligament or tendon. However, leg pain doesn’t always originate in the leg, spinal problems or injuries can cause pain to radiate into the leg from the lower back, such as with sciatica. Other conditions can also cause leg pain such as infections; vascular disorders including blood clots or varicose veins; and narrowed arteries that can reduce blood flow to the legs and cause pain with exercise. In Chinese medicine pain often is due to an obstruction of the flow of qi (energy) and blood throughout the body’s meridians or channels. Often the reason for this is an invasion of the body by “external evils”: wind, cold, dampness and heat. External evils are basically terms for the various ways that our environment affects our health— a good example of this is during the winter season when we are more prone to catching “cold”. In the case of pain, an external invasion will affect the muscles, bones, tendons and joints, and will present symptoms of either aching pain, heaviness, numbness, lack of mobility, or swelling and redness. Each type of invasion presents symptoms ac-

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This is especially true when the blockage occurs in an area of the body that we constantly rely on, such as our legs. If we continue to make our regular demands on our legs, over time these demands will deplete and weaken the area, leading to pain, weakness, or injury. With acupuncture we can remove these blockages to allow full circulation of qi-energy and blood to the legs.

By determining the cause of the pain, we can cater treatment to the specific problem of each individual. A person may also have internal imbalances or weaknesses that make him or her particularly prone to a leg injury of some sort. By looking at each person’s individual health, we can not only resolve the pain and weakness that is being experienced, but we can also strengthen

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ing with exposure to cold, and a lack of mobility in the leg. Dampness-pattern pain will have symptoms of heaviness and aching in the leg or the leg joints, swelling, numbness, pain in a fixed location, and an increase in the pain during rainy or overcast weather. Heat-pattern pain will also have severe pain as with cold-pattern, but will show symptoms of heat, redness and swelling in the area of pain, lack of mobility in the leg and general body symptoms of feverishness, thirst, and irritability. Because qi-energy and blood circulate through the body to allow it to function properly and to heal when injured, any time the flow is blocked (such as with external invasions), problems inevitably develop.

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single person in our organizations—companies, societies, teams, even families, governments, universities, professional bodies, factories. It’s the only way to avoid being eaten alive. We must seriously act on strengthening the capacities, for example, of employees at every level to lead in everything they do. I guess what I’m preaching here is we all need to start demonstrating leadership, regardless of the titles society bestows upon us. It’s no longer an excuse to say one doesn’t have a high rank and therefore doesn’t have to take ownership for the results of any organization to which they belong. To succeed, everyone now must see themselves as part of a leadership team. You don’t need formal authority to lead anymore—only an honest desire to be involved and the commitment to make a positive difference. So, for each of us to show leadership, now think this thought through carefully—we need to start being truly excellent in our current role in our lives no matter what it may be. The only way any organi-

zation will win in these times of revolutionary change will be to start operating under a new model of leadership. Such a model is all about creating an environment and culture where everyone needs to show leadership. It gives me shivers just thinking about how fantastic our everyday world would and could be if we adopted this theory. C’mon now, everyone needs to take responsibility for results in everything we do and walls we are faced to climb. Everyone needs to be positive and become devoted to expressing our absolute best. Seems to me that work offers us a solid platform to discover the” leader within” each of us. It’s a daily chance to reclaim more of the potential we’ve buried and to awaken the dormant relationship between the current you and your absolute best. It’s an opportunity to express more of our latent creativity and a whole lot more of our precious humanity, which often gets sadly misplaced. And, frankly speaking, with the presence of our innate

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genius and brilliance that is unknown often to ourselves, in our own special way, we help more people which can be stated is pretty much the main purpose of life, is it not? Leadership within has so much to do with perceiving our conditions and circumstances clearly. Everyone of us has flaws in our perceptions. Every one of us has a natural tendency to see through our blind spots and limiting beliefs. Often we see situations through eyes of fear versus the eyes of opportunity. And so, my dear readers, these funny little flaws keep us stuck at average. We each have areas where what we think we see or feel is not actually that. I am learning at this stage of my life that it is a wonderful education to have done the inner work required to develop a self-awareness to recognize our misperceptions, i.e. the miscues of reality around us. We see the world not as it is, but as we are. My absolute favourite declaration which many valley people have heard me shout is this: “People don’t know what they don’t know…”

Henceforth, real leadership from within involves breaking through the limits of your mind so that you can step into the higher strengths of your entrepreneurial spirit. Sound familiar folks? So let me leave you with this note as we bring in 2011. The great and glorious legacy of a human life is to live with purpose. It would be a deep loss to this world of ours if we refuse to accept the call to lead and present our absolute best to the lives around you. I am confident that you understand and are willing to take up the challenge of” discovering your leader within” and contributing wholeheartedly to making our world a wonderful place.. By the way, I am so very proud of the Okanagan Valley Enterpreneurs Society board of directors that has assembled and am excited about the advancements anticipated in 2011. Thank you for being with us. Joel Young is an entrepreneurial leadership coach and founder of the Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society. eagleyoung@shaw.ca

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PILGRIMS DESCENDING Mount Sinai pass a a series of rest huts which offer snacks and beverages.

Hike into the sunrise at Mount Sinai Sheryl Jean CONTRIBUTOR

SINAI PENINSULA, Egyptâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Under a sliver of moon and a blanket of stars, I stood at the base of Mount Sinai. I peered into the black sky for the merest shadow of the peak I would climb. I saw nothing. It is an unsettling yet thrilling feeling not to be able to see where you are headed. Mount

Sinai has deep significance for Christians, Jews and Muslims, all of whom believe it is the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments after freeing the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Mount Sinaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arabic name, Gebel MĂťsa, means â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mountain of Moses.â&#x20AC;? Churches and mosques have been built on or near the mountain over the centuries. The best known is the sixth-century St. Catherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai. The Greek Orthodox monastery, which looks more like a

fortress, is said to be the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery. There are few things for which Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll wake up in the wee hours of the morning. Hiking Mount Sinai to watch the sunrise is one of them. (Some pilgrims hike the mountain in time to see sunset.) As part of a trip last winter to Egypt, a friend and I decided to hike the fabled peak. We hired a driver, Mohammed, and guide, Ahmed, to take us from Cairo to Mount Sinai, which is on

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Virgin Islands’ Buck Island Reef offers a vast wall of coral Bob Downing CONTRIBUTOR

CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands—Buck Island Reef, with its extraordinary coral and rich sea life, is very cool. The reefs and surrounding waters, ranked among the top snorkeling spots in the Caribbean, lie within a 19,015-acre national monument. It is one of three underwater parks in the national park system. Snorkellers and divers at Buck Island Reef will find what has been described by the National Park Service as “one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea.” Buck Island is the No. 1 tourist attraction on St. Croix, the largest of the American Virgin Islands (with St. Thomas and St. John). The barrier reef that surrounds two-thirds of Buck Island is awesome, with elkhorn coral growing to 40 feet off the bottom in clear aquamarine waters off the north shore at St. Croix. It is a formidable wall of coral, unique in United States waters. The fire coral is spectacular: an eye-popping yellow on the bot-

tom. Giant brain corals are found in the calmer lagoon waters inside the reef. Red and purple sea fans abound, along with gorgonians or sea whips. Unique elkhorn coral patches resembling haystacks are found outside the reef. Star coral may also be found outside the reef, except to the southwest. In the calmer lagoon waters, snorkellers and divers will find fishfilled grottos with colorful corals that extend nearly to the water’s surface, along with sponges and crustaceans. It’s a marvellous underwater world of everchanging shapes, colors, patterns, textures and movement that will take your breath away. The water is only 12 feet deep in most of the grottoes, so you are very close to the 250 species of fish found in the 80-degree water. There are colorful parrotfish, French angelfish, trumpetfish, box fish, butterfly fish and blue tangs. Some are easy to spot with their neon colors. Others hide in nooks along the reef. Some are solitary. Others travel in schools. A few barracudas up

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The leatherback turtles come to Buck Island’s beaches in the spring to lay eggs. The green and hawksbill turtles nest in the summer. Other threatened or endangered species include the brown pelican and the least tern. The Buck Island Reef was first federally protected in 1948. The national monument was established in 1961 and was enlarged in 2001. It includes the 176-acre undeveloped island plus 18,839 acres of coral reefs and submerged land. The island is 6,000 feet long and a half-mile wide, covered by a dry tropical forest. It is 1.5 miles from shore and five miles from Christiansted, the Danish-influenced city that rules the sugar cane plantations that once dominated St. Croix. The national monument gets about 50,000 visitors a year. The only way to visit Buck Island Reef is via the park-approved concessionaires that offer half-day and fullday trips. They will provide transportation, snorkel gear and instruction. Some stop ashore. The water on the reef can get a little choppy on windy days. That may provide problems for weak swimmers or in-

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experienced snorkellers. Risks include sharp corals, stingrays, sea urchins, fire coral, fire worms and barbed snails. Jellyfish are rare and barracuda and sharks are not aggressive around snorkellers, the park service says. Visitors can hike and picnic on the scrubby island. Its biggest attraction is Turtle Beach on the western end of the island with its white coral sand beach. It was voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by National Geographic. There is a poisonous plant ashore, the manchineel tree. Its sap, leaves, bark and fruit can cause a chemical burning of the skin. Hurricane Hugo in 1989 flattened most of Buck Island’s beach forest and destroyed most of the south barrier reef. Disease has also hit the corals, but they are making a comeback, the park service reports. Scuba diving is permitted in two areas at Buck Island. No camping is permitted on the island. Water skiing, jet skiing and spear fishing are prohibited. Anchoring is prohibited in the lagoon. Boats must pick up a mooring. Buck Island is open from sunrise to sunset only. For information, write to the National Park Service, 2100 Church St., No. 100, Christiansted, VI 00820; call 340-7731460; or visit http://www. nps.gov/buis. Christiansted, the largest city on St. Croix (it’s pronounced Saint Croy), is a colorful community with lots of history. It was once the capital of the Danish West Indies and is filled with architectural treasures. The Christiansted National Historic Site, with five yellow painted buildings including an old fort, fills the waterfront. The site celebrates the island’s Danish past from 1733 to 1917.

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Two paths: A camel trail or the 3,750 Steps of Repentance Mt. Sinai from A23 tian and occupied by the Ottoman Empire, Britain and Israel. Israel withdrew from Sinai in 1982, returning the land to Egypt. Tourism is its key industry, thanks to beach resorts near spectacular coral reefs and its biblical history. ••• The drive from Cairo took about three to four hours. Our small group checked into Morgenland Village, a hotel about three miles from Mount Sinai. Bedtime was early, so hiking could start by 1 a.m. The next day, tour buses rumbled in the early morning cold, waiting to transport crowds of pilgrims to the hike’s start near St. Catherine’s Monastery. Before heading up the mountain, I had to walk through a metal detector while soldiers checked my passport and searched my backpack. There are two paths: a camel trail that snakes up the mountain through a series of switchbacks, and ra shorter, steeper route that includes the 3,750 Steps of Repentance carved by monks. Our small group hiked the camel trail because it was easier in the dark. We would take the other trail down. Either way, the 4.5-mile hike (round trip) would be considered strenuous. The trek to the summit

took about two hours. (A camel ride is about three hours long.) My friend and I acted as our own guides since we had more hiking experience than Ahmed, who didn’t have a light or suitable clothing. The moon gave off enough light to illuminate some of the trail without a flashlight or headlamp. The romantic in me kept my flashlight off as much as possible. The number and brightness of the stars took my breath away. As I looked back, I could see tiny white dots of light scattered like fireflies as others followed. I imagined what it would have been like for pilgrims traveling the same trail hundreds of years ago. Was I walking in their footsteps? Several huts along the trail provided benches for resting and sold drinks, snacks and Bedouin trinkets. I could just make out the shadows of camels and their Bedouin owners, who never tired of offering rides. “Long way. Camel?” At a natural amphitheater called Elijah’s Basin, all hikers must climb a final 750 steps to the summit. That was too much for Ahmed, who spent the next hours there. ••• I reached the summit at about 3 a.m. Sunrise was around 5:50 a.m. After exploring every nook and cranny, I spent the next hours sitting on

a cold, flat stone that was part of a mosque. I didn’t sleep a wink. I was too excited. I also was chilled to the bone, despite the warmth of silk underwear, a down coat, a hat, a scarf and gloves. It was about 40 degrees. At about 5:45 a.m., the

young children. Ahmed rejoined us at the first rest house. The path is steep in parts as it winds down through ravines and over rock ledges. The descent was quiet, perhaps because the pilgrims were tired, because they were intent on their

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THE MOON GAVE OFF ENOUGH LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE SOME OF THE TRAIL WITHOUT A FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP. THE ROMANTIC IN ME KEPT MY FLASHLIGHT OFF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THE NUMBER AND BRIGHTNESS OF THE STARS TOOK MY BREATH AWAY.

sky began to lighten, unveiling layers of mountain ridges in varying shades of gray. The top of a giant orange orb rose in the distance. Dawn also revealed several hundred eager pilgrims, all vying for space to see the sunrise. As the rising sun bathed the surrounding peaks in light, a woman began to sing a hymn. Her sweet voice floated above the rugged terrain like an angel’s. The descent After taking in the panoramic views from the summit, my friend and I started to make our way down a little before 7 a.m. The descent down the rough-hewn stone Steps of Repentance was slow, given the crowds of people, from the elderly to

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php?lid=200; $50). Advice: Most hikes start in early afternoon to reach the peak for sunset or in early morning for sunrise. My hike began at 1 a.m., but you could start at 3 a.m. to avoid a long wait at the summit. RecommendedGear: Bring water, food and a sleeping bag or blanket to keep warm at the summit. Wear a pair of sturdy shoes or sneakers and layered clothing to add or remove as you hike up and down Mount Sinai. Safety: The U.S. State Department does not have a travel warning for Egypt or the Sinai Peninsula. However, Egyptian police and Bedouin tribesmen on the Sinai Peninsula have clashed frequently over the years. The most recent skirmish involving tourists was in 2006, when 23 people were killed in blasts in Dahab. Nearby Sites: • St. Catherine’s Monastery (www.sinaimonastery.com) houses an icon collection, a library of early Christian manuscripts and an evergreen reportedly related to the Burning Bush from the Bible.

• Ain Musa, or the Springs of Moses, is where the Bible says Moses turned a bitter spring into drinking water after leading the Israelites across the Red Sea. • The temple of Hathor at Serabit al-Khadim (www.touregypt.net/featurestories/serabit.htm) is on a 2,800-foot summit near the town of Abu Zenima. • The Colored Canyon (www.touregypt.net/ colored canyon.htm) contains strange rock formations and colored canyon walls. • Ras Mohammed National Park, a marine national park at the peninsula’s tip (www.touregypt. netarks/ras(underscore) mohammed(underscore) national(underscore)park. htm), is renowned for its diving and snorkeling. • Pharaoh’s Island near the border of Israel (www.egypttourism.org/ New%20Site/info/Islamic.htm) has the restored ruins of a 12th-century Crusader castle. Resource: Egyptian Tourist Authority: www. egypt.travel

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Cush Supper Club will be seeking a new location Kathy Michaels STAFF REPORTER

With 2010 behind them, the owners of Cush Supper Club are locking the doors on a business that couldn’t stay afloat and banking on success in the New Year. “We decided to keep it quiet until this week, but we are closing,” said Justin Marshall, co-owner of the family owned business that was, until New Year’s Eve, on Leon Avenue. “We intend to open again in a new location, in the New Year.” While a permanent, let alone temporary, closure in Kelowna’s downtown isn’t unusual, Cush has been a bit of a newsmaker

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in recent months. It was one of a handful of businesses that stagnated and suffered under Liquor Control and Licensing branch issues. During the BreakOut West festival, their ability to serve booze under a food primary licence was stymied by a contravention suspension picked up

earlier in the year. Then, during the first night of the festival, they were dealt another blow when a liquor inspector came through and issued another warning. “It was a mellow acoustic show, and people were just sitting and listening to music, but we got another warning that we were running contrary to our primary purpose,” said Marshall, adding he isn’t sure if the inspector will follow through with levying a punishment. “That’s when we decided we couldn’t do business in the way we wanted to.” The only choice would have been to apply for another form of liquor li-

cence and related zoning, but the owner of the building didn’t want to go in that direction. So, with no other choices Marshall and family will leave Leon Avenue to move to another location. “The bar, kitchen, everything that’s not fixed

to the wall will come with us,” said Marshall. “The space we are hoping to get needs to be renovated and that will take about a six month turnaround, if we can put the deal together.” Marshall said part of that move will hinge on whether the city will grant

them the zoning needed to have a liquor primary licence. And, despite the hardship that comes with a stuttered start like they’ve had, Marshall has no doubt that he’s in the right business—even in the right town. “We believe in (the

supper club concept) even more now than we did when we opened,” he said. “We’ve had so much support from the community. The last couple of months have been great. It will be great in our new location.” kmichaels@kelowncapnews.com

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Have You Been Condemned to Arthritis? Do you have joint pain so bad you can't stand up, bend over, walk without a limp, or even look over your shoulder without hurting? Have your doctors told you to take more drugs, move less, and get ready for surgery? In effect, give up and lower your expectations? Do you feel as if you have been “Condemned to Arthritis?” I can tell you that after years of success helping people suffering with joint pain that no one should ever be “Condemned to Arthritis”. Now don't get me wrong, using medications, learning how you move to avoid reinjuring yourself, and even surgery are all useful for the right person at the right time. But most people with joint pain are unaware of their medical options to drugs and surgery, and that should be condemned. Let's review the basics. An “arthrosis” is a joint. An “itis” is a medical condition of pain, redness, heat, and swelling. If you have a joint that is painful, red, hot, and swollen then you have arthritis. In fact an “itis” in any part of your body is an outward sign that it is trying to heal. Arthritis has many possible causes: infection, especially bacterial; autoimmune imbalances, such as rheumatoid arthritis; food sensitivities, commonly to tomatoes and peppers; trauma from auto and sporting accidents; and over use or poor posture. A diagnosis of arthritis does not condemn you to drugs and surgery. Identify and solve the underlying cause of your joint “itis”, turn back on your healing, and your joint pain will resolve. It's that simple. So how do you turn back on your joint healing? My favorite treatments are Ozone Therapy and Prolotherapy. Ozone Therapy is the injection of ozone gas into a joint, or the area around it, to turn on healing. Prolotherapy is the injection of a solution that includes the sugar dextrose, into where tendons and ligaments connect with bones, to promote healing. I am Board Certified to perform both of these therapies and I can tell you they work great! If you have joint pain, and you want to avoid becoming “Condemned to Arthritis”, identify your underlying causes of pain, find out your treatment options, and turn back on the natural healing of your joints.

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celebration of the classic 1939 MGM movie, is presented with breathtaking special effects from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas. Director Nigel West, choreographer Leigh Constantine and set and costume designer Tim McQuillen-Wright utilize the glamour and elegance

of art deco Hollywood as the visually stunning technicolor backdrop for the 2 1/2 hour production. Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are transported â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the Rainbowâ&#x20AC;? to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest, and the Emerald City.

The musical will feature all of the classic songs penned by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg from the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Over the Rainbow, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead and Merry Old Land of Oz among them. Tickets are $68 and $58, available at selectyourtickets.com.

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cannot support a fully licensed facility. Presently, the licenses are only available along the coast, although some government officials have indicated class E licenses may be expanded to the North Okanagan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was all set to go and the Interior Health Authority was supposed to be issuing licenses in January,â&#x20AC;? said Rick Fairbairn, a NORD director

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One of the best known family musicals produced by Hollywood, The Wizard of Oz, will touch down in Kelowna for a performance at Prospera Place on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m. This current production touring North America, based on the Royal Shakespeare Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Died at Kelowna General Hospital on December 21, 2010 at the age of 81. Born in Duncan, BC but a long time resident of Rutland, BC, recently residing in Lake Country. Clifford spent all of his working years involved in the logging industry, from horse logging to the modern day. Well known as one of the best hand fallers in the area. He was involved in many sports and played on the Rutland Rovers softball team when they won the BC Championship in 1969. He is predeceased by his brothers Robert and Stanley. He is sadly missed by his loving wife Evelyn; his sons Brian, Bruce (Novi) and Bill (Dawna); and his grandchildren Sarah, Clifford, Richard and Tressa. There will be no service by request.

GREENOUGH, CAROLINE MARY Passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at the age of 67. She is survived by her loving family: daughter Susan; two sons: Greg (Cathy), Tim (Kim); five grandchildren: Jenessa, Jake, Abby, Riley and Reese; three sisters: Bev (Robert), Jill, Lynne (Mel); numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband Ken in September 2004. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kelowna SPCA, 3785 Casorso Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 4M7. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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We are currently looking for a graphic designer to work with our marketing department (in Vernon, BC) on a full time basis. This person will be responsible for creating signage, newsletters, direct mail pieces, newspaper & magazine ads, event materials, web banners, and product placement in our flyer as well as other marketing tasks as requested. We are a fun, healthy organization and our marketing department is one that works well together and enjoys regular brainstorming sessions and lunch meetings!! You will have your own work space, computer and everything you need to do your job including access to Lynda.com, Shutterstock, and numerous online training and inspirational websites. We also have a detailed 2011 Marketing Guideline Package for you to work with to ensure all fonts and logos are used properly in your creative endeavors. We offer competitive wages, a positive and healthy work environment and great staff incentives & contests!! You must possess the ability to balance creativity with time management and be able to communicate effectively within the department and with our stores across B.C. Please only apply if you are comfortable and confident in using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop and have a keen eye for design, layout, typography and setting files up to print - all on a PC environment. We look forward to meeting you. If you are interested in applying for this position, mail/drop off resume to BOX 14 c/o The Morning Star 4407 25th Ave Vernon, BC V1T1P5

Was born in 1921 in Benito, MB and passed away at the age of 89 years at the Village at Mill Creek Nursing home in Kelowna on Wednesday, December 29, 2010. Colin was predeceased by his lifetime companion, Editha, in 2009. He is survived by his older sister, Marjory, and his younger brother Patrick. Colin leaves a legacy of six children; Elizabeth (Dave) of ON, Cynthia (Skip) of ON, Colin (Penny deceased) of BC, Sheila (John) of BC, Meredith (Ted) of AB and Owen (Carrie) of NS; as well as eight grandchildren, Michael, Ian, Lee, Kyle, Neal, Gillian, Sean and Courtney; with an additional seven great grandchildren. Colin was in the RCAF for 25 years, moving to Kelowna, BC, upon retirement. As a young airman, stationed in Glace Bay, NS he met his true love, Editha, and they married in 1943. They remained married for 66 years, living thirty of those years in Kelowna. Upon moving to Kelowna, Colin worked briefly at White Western Star and then several years at Alpine Helicopters on the westside. Colin had a lifelong interest in Philatelics, specializing in Military related themes and an intense knowledge of postal cancels. Colin loved to research history and sought out interesting places and interested people who shared his hobby. He also loved working with his hands and kept a meticulous journal which indicated a total of five hundred restored vintage chairs. However, Colin and Editha’s true passion was the adventure of exploring all the nooks and crannies of BC’s interior, and they never tired of long leisurely drives in each other’s company. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Society. There will be no memorial service. Your condolences are appreciated and may be sent to www.springfieldfuneralhome.com 250-860-7077.


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We are seeking solution-focused people to help us deliver our vision – to be the best in the communities we serve. As a valued team member, you will experience a diverse, exciting and rewarding workplace and a great place to build a career. Interior Savings is currently accepting applications for the following position: Teller – Kelowna and Area The Teller supports Interior Savings’ vision of sales & service excellence by greeting members, pro-actively determining & fulfilling their basic needs and creating opportunity to refer/cross-sell additional financial products and services. Closing Date: January 9, 2011

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Qualifications: • High school diploma/Grade 12 or equivalent • 1-3 years job related experience in a service-oriented environment, including experience as a teller or cashier • Proven sales and service ability • Ability to work well under pressure p y • Quality/Accuracy/Detail Driven • Strong communication skills • Numerical aptitude • Strong team player • Computer literate Applicants are invited to forward their cover letter and resume to: Interior Savings Credit Union 300-678 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6P3 Fax: 250-869-8339 / Email: hrworks@interiorsavings.com We thank all applicants for their interest and will contact short-listed candidates.

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Computer Services 12/7 A MOBILE COMPUTER TECH. Certified computer technician, virus removal, repairs, upgrades. Let me come to you. 250-717-6520. 12/7 In-Home Repairs. New Systems/Upgrades. 20+yrs Prof. Service. Peter 215-4137

Contractors KSK Framing & Foundations. Quality workmanship at reas rates. Free est 250-979-8948 Looking For Improvements On your Home? Call Freedom Contractors to make your Dreams come true. Painting, Tiling ,Kitchen face lift etc. No Job too Small. Call Doug (250)-575-7006 Free Estimate WENINGER CONST. Family company commited to Kelowna & Big White. 250-765-6898

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GRANITE SLAB SALE. 150 colors to choose from. 1 1/4” thick. Great Service. Great Price! All mayjor CC’s acepted. WCB Open 9-4 Mon-Fri, 10-2 Sat. Showroom: 1115 Gordon Dr. 250-763-8303 Fax: 763-6169 MIKE’S ELITE Countertops supplies and installs all Granite and Solid Surface Countertops, tub surrounds, fireplace surrounds and tile backsplash. Locally manufactured, 125 colours to choose from. All products come with a lifetime warranty. SPECIAL for the New Year: Buy new kitchen countertops and get a FREE bathroom vanity. Call Mike for details at 250-575-8543

Electrical ELECTRICIAN, LICENSED. Dana Thompson. 20yrs Exp. Free Estimates 826-1287 Kel JRS ELECTRIC: Licns’d, bnded & insr’d. From new builds & renos to service calls. John, 250-801-7178 (cont:98365)


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Services

Pets & Livestock

Merchandise for Sale

Fencing

Home Repairs

Painting & Decorating

Feed & Hay

ALL KINDS OF FENCES, 6x8 Cedar panels starting @ $65. Gates & custom orders, staining 250-491-4622 www.akf.ca

Garage Door Services GARAGE Doors- install, service, repair all makes of doors & openers. 250-878-2911

Lawn & Garden

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Handypersons NEED a hand jobs you don’t for? Inside/out. snow removal between. (250)768-5032

with all those have the time Fr. painting to & anything in (250)-215-1712

Heat, Air, Refrig. SOMMERFELD Heating A/C, Install & Repair Heat Pumps, F/P, Gas Fitting Lic. 215-6767

Home Improvements Engel Construction Since 1973! Custom homes, Reno’s Additions, Decks, Kitchens, & Baths. Doug (250)-215-1616 Natural Wood Flooring, various widths www.rouckbros.com Rouck Bros. Lumby, BC 1-800-960-3388

Floor Refinishing/ Installations

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Machining & Metal Work GET BENT Metal Fab, fences, gates, railings, security bars, 863-4418www.getbentmetalfab.ca

Misc Services ALL KINDS OF FENCES, 6x8 Cedar panels starting @ $65. Gates & custom orders, stainning,250-491-4622www.akf.ca

Moving & Storage FAMILY Movers. Moving? Anything, anywhere. Local and long distance throughout 2010 Packing service available, weekly trips to Vancouver, Alberta, full and partial loads. Cheapest rates in the valley. Free Estimates, 250-493-2687 NORTH END Moving Service Local/Long Distance. Free Estimates 250-470-9498

Painting & Decorating 100% AFFORDABLE Painting Exp, quality. Int Paint/ceilings. Winter Specials. Terry 8639830 or 768-1098

Floor Refinishing/ Installations

Professional Sanding & Finishing. Dustless Sanding System. Supply & Install of all Naturally 250-470-7406 The Best types of Hardwood.

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DALE’S PAINTING Service. Painting Kelowna a better place since 1982, 862-9333

*HAY-SALES-GUARANTEED Quality Grass, Alfalfa, Mixed square bales, round bales & Silage bales. Delivery avail. (250)804-6081,(250)833-6763.

Plumbing

Pet Services

KOSKI Plumbing-Heating Gas Fitting Reno’s Res. Bonded/Insured Troy @ 718-0209

DOGWORKS- Fast, Fun, Effective dog training! Certified prof. trainer, Kathy Williams 250-317-1288

Rubbish Removal ‘#1 - BBB Kelowna Junk Removal Ltd. (1998) Scrap metal, wood, appls, etc. House, yard, building site, rental properties, renovations, etc. WCB Coverage. Lrg 3/2/1 & 1/2ton trucks 718-0992 or 861-7066 kelownajunkremoval.com #1 CHEAP HAUL Most jobs 50% less then competitors. Why Pay More?? 250-718-0993 BOB’S ONE TON TRUCKING. All your rubbish needs. FREE scrap car hauling. 25yrs of satisfied Customers. Bob 250-765-2789, 861-0303 pgr DIGGINOLES N SHIFTINSTUFF. Pickup & delivery service. Rubbish & recycling removed. Landscape, building supplies & Hay delivered, small equipment transferred. Yes we work weekends!! www.digginoles.com or Ph: Ian 250-864-2339

ERIK the STUDENT

Rubbish Removal, Loads from $39.99 & up 250-859-9053

Snowclearing TREMBLAY’S EXCAVATING Comm. snow removal & comm snow blower. 250-979-8033

Tiling TILE Setter. Artistic Ceramics. Custom tile setting. Call 250870-1009

Pets & Livestock

Feed & Hay First cut round $55 bale. Second cut round. $60bale. 600 lb bales. Alfalfa grass mix, some square bales avail. 250-8337785. HAY FOR SALE; Grass or Grass Alfalfa mix, Round bales $70 each, approx. 800lbs, delivery avail. on larger orders, also Silege bales or Feeder hay. 250-838-6630

Pets GERMAN SHEPHERD Puppies, 8 wks old, both parents to see, vet checked call 250864-0973 $750 Male Bichon pups, great disposition, litter trained, non shedding, micro chipped, 1st shots, $550. 250-832-4923 Purebred female Jack Russell pup, well socialized w/ beautiful color markings, will make great show or agility dog & great family pet. Ready to go Jan.4. $600.obo 250-3097230.

Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate

$300 & Under

Furniture

For Sale By Owner

Computer Laptop, Windows, Wireless, Excellent Condition, $300. 250-869-2363 Kelowna

“BEARLY” Used Home Furnishings; Tables & Chairs from $99, Sofa’s, Hide-a-beds from $99. Much more in store! OK Estates Furniture and More. 3292 Hwy 97N( beside Sheepskin Boutique) (250)-807-7775 DOUBLE recliner sofa, 4yrs old, $250 obo. Loveseat, excl cond., $100. 2 glider rockers, $100ea obo. 250-762-2381 GENTLY USED furniture and home decor store now open upstairs at Western Star Auctions in Kelowna. We also have other items for sale as well like jewelry. Stock changes often. Check us out before you buy. 1960B Dayton Street 250-868- 3202

GLENROSA, Sing. fam. hm, 5bd. 3ba, lg. In-law ste. w/lg. kit., beautiful comm., lg. fnc’d. yrd., $445,900. 250-808-3043

$500 & Under

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REFRIGERATOR, Fridgidaire, SS, 65Hx30Wx30D. $450. 250-762-7542

Food Products SALE - 20 sides of BEEF, naturally grown, approx 250lbs sides, no additives, $2.49lbs cwf. 250-546-6494

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FIREWOOD. Fir, $165/cd, Jackpine, $145/cd.Ponderosa, $120/cd. Jim, 250-762-5469

$200 & Under Computer System, Windows Internet ready Excellent Cond. $200. 250-869-2363 Kelowna

$300 & Under Complete Queen size dbl pillow bed w/memory foam, excell cond. $300 (250)868-0436

APPLE $150. Fir $110. Pine $70. Split/Dry. 2/3 cord. Free delivery Kel. 250-762-6552 DRY AND SEASONED Firewood Residential and Commercial sales, split and delivered. Delivery from Peachland to Oyama. Pine - $160/cord Fir - $200/cord Please call 250826-2324 DRY Birch for delivery to Kelowna. 250-542-6349

Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL Shipping Containers/Bridges Super Sale On NowNew/Used/Damaged. BEST PRICES. 20’24’,40’,45’,48’,53’ Insulated Reefer Containers 20’40’48’53’ CHEAP 40’ Farmers Specials all under $2,200! Semi Trailers for hi way & storage. We are Overstocked, Delivery BC & AB 1-866-528-7108 Call 24 hours www.rtccontainer.com

Misc. for Sale HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com X-ACTO Blades, 6 boxes left, $10ea. Please call 250-7637114

Misc. Wanted I am a private collector and want to buy your old coin collection & accumulations. Todd, 250-864-3521

Real Estate Acreage for Sale TEXAS U.S.A BEST BUY Own your own 20 acre ranch in booming West Texas only $395 per acre, $99.00 per month guaranteed financing. Call 1-800-875-6568

Apt/Condos for Sale 2BD, 2bth, 1500sq’, bright top flr corner unit, great loc. MLS $199,900. Betsy Price, RE/ MAX Kelowna. 250-212-5520 MUST sell 1 & 2 bdrm condo’s, $115,000-$195,000. By Spall Plaza. 250-718-8866

Duplex/4 Plex FULL SXS, fin. up/ down, Capri/creek, total reno’d, 9 bdrm, 4 bath. $540,000. 718-8866

INN AT Big White, #307, sleeps-4, FP, pool, hottub. Owner use or rental income. $65,000. See www.okhomesellers.com Call 250-768-5510

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Mortgages BANK ON US! Mortgages for purchases, renos, debt consolidation, foreclosure. Bank rates. Many alternative lending programs.Let Dave Fitzpatrick, your Mortgage Warrior, simplify the process!1-888-711-8818 dave@mountaincitymortgage.ca

Rentals Acreage 30 acres of prime farmland for lease in Upper Mission. Call Rick 250-215-2449, John 250212-2386

Apt/Condo for Rent 1bd $685 Bach $650 2bd $885. Like new condo’s, NS, NP, central, immed. 718-8866 1BD, avail Feb 1, completely redone. Secure building. Call 250-861-4700 2BD. Newly reno’d, quiet building, NP, NS, WD & heat incl. Prking & storage, avail immed. $995. 250-878-0136 2Bdrm Furnished UBC/Quail Upgraded Deluxe Furniture Top Floor. View. Avail now. $1495 utils included. 250-5400539, 250-859-1300. To view okbccondos.com/cc1614.html 3Bdrm Furnished XL Deluxe Waterfront, 2 Pools, Gym, etc $1895 utils incl. Avail now. 250-540-0539, 250-859-1300. To view: okbccondos.com/disc138.html BRIDGEWATER ESTATES Adult-oriented condo. $900/ month. Call 250-317-8990 LOFT located Downtown on Sunset Dr. next to Waterfront Park & Prospera Place. Featuring over height ceilings and windows, rooftop deck, 2 bdrms, 2bath, 5appls. window coverings, secure covered parking, avail immed. $1350/mth. 250-763-6600, 250-878-5968

SALES & SERVICE DIRECTORY JUNK REMOVAL

Kelowna Junk Removal Ltd. (1998)

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CONSTRUCTION 765-6898

Weninger CONSTRUCTION

In business since 1989 Licensed & insured

HANDYMAN Larry·s Handyman & Renovation Services

• Interior & Exterior Renovations • Carpentry • Painting • Small Repairs • Pressure Washing

• Kitchen & Bathroom Upgrades • Yard Maintenance • Fences, Decks • Tile • Graffiti Removal

250-718-8879

MOVING

EXCAVATING

PAINTING

North End Moving Services

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AFFORDABLE PAINTING

Local or Long Distance Polite & Professional

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TILING TILE SETTER

Artistic Ceramics.

Custom tile setting. Travertine, marble, granite & ceramic. Decks, kitchen, baths. Guaranteed work.

Call 250-870-1009

Senior’s Specials Experience & Quality New Homes & Repaints Ceilings Bondable. Insurance Work Call Terry 250-863-9830 or 250-768-1098

•Full Landscaping •Rock Retaining Walls •Portable Soil Screener •SNOW REMOVAL CELL: (250) 979-8033 BUS: (250) 861-1500

RUBBISH REMOVAL GUTTER CLEANING Pager 250-861-0303

Bob 250-765-2789 Rubbish Removal, Free Scrap Car Hauling,

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RENOVATIONS

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Irrigation, Gas Fitting and Drain Cleaning. Commercial, residential and renovations. Service and hot water tanks.

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Rentals

Rentals

Rentals

Rentals

Transportation

Transportation

Adult

Apt/Condo for Rent

Homes for Rent

Rooms for Rent

Suites, Upper

Trucks & Vans

Escorts

SKI IN/SKI OUT BIG WHITE Condo for rent, 3bd, 2bth, sleeps 8, fully furnished. $3500/mo. 250-768-1505 Spacious 2bdrm close Capri Center mall in Newly renovated building fr st dw ac hotwater Ug parking laundry services avail. Avail Jan 1 $875/mo (250)860-7416 or email lynnparker1002@gmail.com 2 Bdrm. apt. Spacious, close to all amenities, NS, NP, 1yr lease, avail Jan 1st. incl heat. 250-763-6600

3/4 BD., Winfield area, $1575 +utils. NO PETS. Avail Now. Overlooks Wood Lake on East side. Close to schools. Call 250-869-9788, 250-491-3345 3 BDR, 2 ba,1600 sqft. Close to the hospital. Laminate flooring, back yard bordering on creek. 1 car garage, f/s/d/w/d included. $1500/mo. Avail Jan 15th or Feb 1st. 250-762-6272 6BD, 3.5bth, dbl gar., 1fmlyrm, 1lvngrm, city/lake view. Ellison area, Available. 3060 Lakha Rd. No Dogs. $1800 (250)869-2186, 250-765-5267 ALMOST LAKEFRONT! $1,900 Newer family home across from the beach, downtown, private street. Clean, 3 bed +, all appl, f/p, garage, fenced yard. Avail now, $1,900/m, references. No smoking/no pets. 250-7642511 CLEAN, NICE 3 bdrm 2 bathroom upper duplex, on bus route, close to ubc utilities included $1200 per month available now 250-717-8797 Lakeview Heights 2600 sqft 3 bd 5 appls.swim pool,jacuzzi dbl attach gar.Avail Jan 1 Prefer working people. NS. Ref req’d $1600/mo(250)769-7107 LAKE VIEW home. 1744 Merlot Dr. 4bdrm + office, 3 baths. Oversz dbl attach grge, hrdwd & tile throughout, ss appl, jetted tub. Fully lndscpd. $2200/mo. 403-607-6046. RENT-TO-OWN: 4 br Vernon homes from $1600/mo with $5k down, 4 br with lake view in Peachland, $10K down from $2000/mo 250-309-2565

RUTLAND furn’d rm for wrkng man, 30+, lvingrm, TV, kit., lndry, utils incl, $590+DD. Call 250-215-1561

Seasonal Acommodation

2Bdrm 1 full bath West Kelowna Avail Jan 1 Newly reno’d 5 appls wd ac $1000 + part utils 250-707-0670 , 250-212-8212 3Bdrm main floor, Costco area, Avail now,or Jan 15th or Feb.1 laundry, Cat ok. NS $895 incl utils 250-300-5466

Cars - Sports & Imports

Ski in/out Silver Star suite, sleeps 8, hot tub, special $199 night. 3 nights min. joannehlheath@yahoo.ca www.silverstar-ski-chalets.com

Townhouses ✮

Commercial/ Industrial 1/2 - 4 acre serviced, fenced industrial lots for lease. Light, heavy or industrial use including auto wrecker & storage. 7000sq’ serviced coverall shelter for storage or workspace or build to suit. Westbank Industrial Park. 250-769-7424 HWY Front avail at 1694 Ross Rd Ship/rec doors, prking C1 2000sqft. $2500 TN. 769-6614 RUTLAND Lease space Available January 1st. On busy Rutland Road, high traffic area, good parking. Store front with 1525 sq ft. Contact Rick at 250-862-7439 or 250-8611565 WAREHOUSE, Central Location, easy access to Hwy. 5000sq’, $7.50/sq’+ trpl net chrgs 250-868-2625 212-1491

Duplex / 4 Plex 2&3bdrm 2 full bath familyroom, 5 appls, all window blinds, garage, 2 balconies. NP. Dec 15 (250)860-8583 DUPLEX, Downtown Kelowna, hospital area, 2bd, 5appl, NS, NP, adult, wrking cpl pref. $950+utils. 250-212-9189 or 250-764-2057 Jan 15/Feb 1. 2 bdrm in 4plex, FS, WD h/up, sm. deck, NS, Ndogs, adult oriented. $825. 250-763-9825,

Homes for Rent $1600/MO + utils. Avail imm. Rutland. 3 bdrm, 2 storey. NS 250-575-4366. 225 Murray Cres. 2bd, 2bth, hrwd fls, $1200 utils incl. NS. Call 250-495-7084 2BD&1bd Cottage house for rent, great lake view, deck, pool, 1200sq’, avail immed. Lakeview Heights. Great deal. Also 3bd Mainflr & 2bd lower suite. 250-769-9038. Or email: qizhangsun@gmail.com 2Bdrm house upper level in Capri area shar’d laundry mature working couple, NP. with small workspace & garage $1000 +utils (250)448-8507 RUTLAND 705 Wayne Rd 3bd. sundeck, garage, all appls ns np. bus rte 860-1148

Shared Accommodation N.RUTLAND: Student or working, 3 bdrms, share LR, kit, bath, lndry, sat, int & hottub. On Bus route, CRC req. $450 utils incl. 250-765-7239 CLEAN Roommate. ND, ND, NP. From $380-$490/mth 250860-8106, 250-718-1621

Suites, Lower

2BD. Recently reno’d., nr. Plaza 33, kid & pet friendly, avail now. $1000/mo. 250-870-7172

Transportation

Antiques / Classics VETERAN Bodyman will restore your classic. Affordable, meticulous workmanship from welding to painting. 869-7997

Auto Accessories/Parts

Fully Furnished utilities, meals, & cable included $750/mth (250)862-8353

2BD+Den, Lawrence Ave, close to DT, FS, WD, all utils incl, NP, NS, Avail immed. $850. Call 778-821-1527 2BDRM + Den. walk out level 1300 sq ft.5 appls.W/D Shannon Lake NS NP $900 +DD Ref’s req. Jan1 (250)707-0760 2Bdrm, Newer home close to bus rte, school, incl internet cabl,utils.$950 (250)869-4588 2Bdrm suite avail soon,Laundry incl NS NP $700. (250)765-9471. or (250)-718-6505 BRIGHT & beautiful almost 1000sq’ 1bd bsmt suite in N. Glenmore. Lam flrs, bay window, tile counters, sep ent, stove, WD, cbl & utils incl, on bus route, 10mins to DT, NS, NP, ref’s req’d, $850. Feb 1. Call 250-860-9717 lve msg. NEW Reno’s, 2bd, 4pc. ba., f/s, w/d, Downtown, $1075. inc. util., patio & parking., ns, np, 250-215-1073 RUTLAND. 1bd bsmt suite, NS, NP, $750. Avail. now. 250-765-3002, 250-863-5616 TOOVEY area, avl imd. 1bd wo, priv ent/patio,NS/NP. $650 incl utils/cble. 250-765-5118 WESTBANK 1 bd, pets ok, w/d, air, carport. $590 incls utilities , avail immed 250-8621181

Rooms for Rent

Suites, Upper

Quality Autos 491-9334

1BD suite, $650 utils incl. Also 4bdrm house, $1050+ utils. Rutland. Pets ok. Avail now. 250-808-1250. 2BD, 1ba, Costco, Heritage Sch.,Plaza 33,fs, shr’d wd,yard Feb.1 $1100. 250-491-3215 2BD, NS, sep ent., hospital area, priv lndry, cat ok, $1450. Avail Feb 1 Call 250-448-5817 EXECUTIVE Suite, 2bd duplex, close to hospital, Jan 15. Call 778-478-6991

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Recreation 2 BDRM condo on beach in Puerto Vallarta, $200/night. Tom 250-870-3255 or email aspengrovegolf@shaw.ca Ski in/out Silver Star luxury chalet, sleeps 10, hot tub. Special nightly rate $299. Min 3 nights. Jan-March availabitlity. Joannehlheath@yahoo.ca www.silverstar-ski-chalets.com

Room & Board

2BD avail, all utils, cable, net. incl, close to H2O, bus route. $450-$550. (250)300-9273 A-1 clean furn’d cbl. & w/d, wl int, quiet, monthly avail. immed. 250-862-9223 All Comforts of Home, furn.rooms/suites DT. wireless int. ca. WD.fr $450. 861-5757 ELLISON area. Priv. & very clean bachelor ste. Avail now $500 incl all. 250-491-9340.

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TIRES- ASSORTED. 205-7514. 215-70-15 4 Ford alum tire w/rim. 205-75-15. 205-70-15. 185-70-14 snow tire w/rims, like new. 250-860-8127

2001 Volkswagon Passat GLX 4motion wagon. 165,000km fully loaded, summers & winters on rims. Exc family car. $8800. 250-558-9969

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Adult Adult Entertainment IF You have the desire, I have the fire. Sensuality at its best. Curious seniors of all ages (50-100) welcome. 10-10. Call Mia 250-317-8043

Scrap Car Removal AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Min $40 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 250-899-0460

Escorts

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $3.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

1 and only Garden of Eden. Voted #1 in Customer Satisfaction. Open 24/7 for in/out calls. Kelowna’s largest & best selections since 1998. MC/ Visa/Amex accpt’d. GFE avail. 250-868-9439 Now Hiring. 1ST Class Mystique Escorts. Gorgeous Ladies & Men of all ages to suit every need. 24/7 out calls. Quick arrival time reasonable rates. 860-6778 (Kelowna), (250) 558-5500 (Vernon). NOW HIRING. www.mystiqueescorts.ca #1 VOTED DAISY DUKE’S ESCORTS Kelowna’s Elite Agency Just Knockouts. www.daisydukesescorts.ca 250-448-8854 *36DD Busty Blonde Beauty* Sexy/Playful. Erotic Pleasure. Lingerie & Toys.250-450-6550 ALL Pro Escorts. Female & Male Escorts & Strippers. 24hr fast & friendly service. Cash/Visa/MC. Always hiring. Penticton:250-487-2334 Kelowna:250-860-7738 Vernon:250-542-8448 Salmon Arm:250-832-6922 www.allproescorts.com or www.allprostrippers.com ALYSSA 35Yrs men’s mag model/adult film star. GFE & more. 24hrs. 250-317-2544

SCRAP Vehicle Removal. Will pay upto $80, depending on type of vehicle. 250-801-4199

Snowmobiles

250-765-9457 Parts and Service for all makes of snowmobiles, motorcycles, & ATV’s. 1000’s of parts in stock. 1998 700 xcr. $1850 obo Exc Running cond. White in colour. Ph. 250-541-0789 lv. mess. 2003 Polaris 800, 144” track elec start, reverse, 2060 miles, $4600, exc cond, 717-0437.

Sport Utility Vehicle

1993 Dodge Spirit, 4-cyl, a/c, no rust, runs good, $1500.obo. (250)260-1858, 250-550-0458

130k. New battery, liner, 80% on Mud/Snow All Season tires. Maintained, well kept. Great reliable work/personal truck. Used as a personal truck Need a smaller vehicle.

Recreational/Sale

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Auto Services

BUY • SELL • FINANCE

2002 Volvo S60 T5, fully loaded, 150kms, 300hp intake exhaust, custom brakes, winter & summer tires & rims, $11,000 obo. 250-938-2868

Mechanically $50/hr, Bodywork $60/hr,Welding $70/hr 40 years. Exp.Gar (250)681-4697

Cars - Domestic

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Two standard poodles keep Teresa Bennett company in her garden in Yorktown, Virginia. Black Jack and Red Baron romp while she weeds and follow her around while she walks her yard. Now, the poodles and Bennett enjoy even more companionship in the yard—a cocker spaniel with a fetching face, or maybe a terrier with adorable eyes. These dogs, however, don’t roam or run. Fashioned from wire frames, moss and small plants, they stand perfectly still, adding an artistic touch to the landscape. A master gardener since 2001, Bennett, 56, recently launched a new business, creating topiaries with wire frames and plants are the prime focus of that venture. A gardener all her life, Bennett is always doing something with her love for nature. For seven years, she taught an after-school junior master gardener club at a nearby elementary school and continues to promote environmental education to students throughout York County. “I grew up around gardening, particularly grandparents that farmed and my grandmother grew beautiful flowers and roses,” she says. “After

growing houseplants and containers for years…I finally had space to really indulge my interest in gardening.” Bennett’s interest in topiaries peaked while she worked part-time at agarden centre near her home. “When the owners decided to close the business, I looked at the topiaries and decided they were just too unique to let go,” she says. “I knew there would be interest in the 33 different dog breeds at dog shows, but I need other outlets as well.” Growing many of the sedums and other plants she needs for the topiaries, Bennett qualified for the “Virginia Grown” designation. She sells the topiaries at farmers markets and at a garden center near her home. In the spring, she plans to have topiary parties for people to choose frames, and stuff and plant them under her guidance. “I picked one of the hottest days of the summer for my first venture into farmers’ markets, and, despite the heat, I loved the atmosphere, talking to people, explaining how the topiaries are made and the plants I use in them,” she says. The topiary frames are welded metal, finished with a black powder coating to resist the elements. “The frames alone are

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creates decorative topiaries from a variety of animal shapes, including sea horses and poodles (lower photos). beautiful, unlike chicken wire that is flimsy and subject to rust, even when painted,” says Bennett. “The other details come from the plants. I can change the look of the topiary by the plants I use. Ivy is an option, but by using a variety of plants, I create both colour and texture, and really bring the topiary to life.” The frames generally come in two sections, making it possible to stuff them with sphagnum moss. To fill each frame, Bennett dampens moss in a container of water, and works with one handful

at a time. She wrings out any excess water and first stuffs all small spaces in the topiary—ears, legs or tails, using a screwdriver or wooden garden stake to pack the moss in as tightly as possible. After the small spaces are stuffed, she moves to larger sections, continuing to work with one handful of moss at a time, and again packing as tightly as possible. When the frame sections are filled, they are attached with zip ties. “This is the messy part of the process and uses more moss than you would expect,” she says.

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Then, she begins the fun, creative part—selecting plants that resemble the fur, feathers or skin of the topiary creature. Typically, she uses low-growing perennial

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THIS LOS ANGELES home formerly owned by Bing Crosby in the Brentwood area is now on the market for $2,399,000.

Bing Crosby slept here. And here. And here too. We’re talking three former Crosby properties, for sale. While Crosby was famous for singing about a “White Christmas,” the crooner’s heart was in sunny Southern California, where he invested in real estate and built houses. One that recently came on the market in Rancho Mirage, Calif., is priced at $3,495,000. The sprawling 6,700square-foot home sits on

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more than an acre with a hillside backdrop in the Thunderbird Heights neighbourhood. The decor incorporates mid-century film posters—the Moroccan studio screening room is an ode to Crosby’s “Road to…” movies, and other Hollywood memorabilia and photographs. The current owner is entrepreneur Jeff Teller. About seven years ago, a real estate agent asked Teller and his father whether they had any interest in touring the former Crosby spread. “My dad, who is 72, remembered living near them in L.A. and thought it would be fun to see,” said Teller, who was considering building a family home in La Quinta, Calif., but was concerned about how long it might take to get a contractor. He and his father were awestruck from the minute they walked through the 10-foot front doors. The back of the house consisted of sliding glass doors that opened to views of the Coachella Valley, he said. “He looked at me, and I looked at him,” Teller recalled, and they arrived at the same decision: “Let’s buy this.” The single-story house, built in 1957, has an outdoor swimming pool and spa with adjacent fireplaces and a putting green. Crosby often entertained celebrities around the pool.

Five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms include a wing named the Kennedy Suite in honor of President John Kennedy’s 1962 visit to Palm Springs, Calif. The suite has a kitchen, living area and separate entrance. On the other side of the house is the master bedroom wing, which Teller favours. “It has an outdoor shower with these quartz walls that Bing had brought in,” he said. The estate has been used from time to time as a resort rental at rates of $2,000 to $3,000 a night, depending on the season. “We loved spending the holidays out there,” said Teller. “We could sit in the pool and see the snow on the mountains.” Elsewhere, another Crosby-owned home, this one in Toluca Lake and which had been listed at $10 million last year has been reduced to $5,995,000. Although the Southern Colonial has had a succession of Hollywood owners, including actors Andy Griffith and Jerry Van Dyke, it is still identified as Crosby’s house. He lived there until 1943, when the 20-room residence was gutted in a Christmas tree fire, according to Los Angeles Times archives. Crosby was golfing at the time, and his wife, Dixie Lee, and their four sons were unharmed. The rebuilt 7,132-

square-foot house has six bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, a billiards room, a den with a wet bar and five fireplaces. Two acres of gated grounds include a tennis court with grandstands, an Olympic-size swimming pool and a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guesthouse with a kitchen. New to the market is a third Crosby house, one that he built in Brentwood in the 1930s, according to title history. Listed at $2,399,000, the home has almost 2,500 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms. The master suite has a vaulted ceiling, a walk-in closet and a master bath. Also of note: Crosby once owned the site of Candy Spelling’s 4.7-acre Holmby Hills residence. His 15,000-squarefoot home was torn down in the early ‘80s to build the current 56,500-squarefoot manse, which is listed at $150 million. By the time Crosby died in 1977 at age 74, he had won a lead actor Oscar for “Going My Way” (1944). He had paired with Bob Hope in the “Road to” movies from 1940 to 1962 and had been a top box-office draw over a five-year period. He had recorded more than three dozen No. 1 hits, and he had seen his rendition of “White Christmas” spend 11 weeks at the top of the charts. It remains today still the bestselling single of all time.

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as feathers on a duck.” Sedums, however, are the main group of plants she uses on the topiaries. Sedums tolerant drought, often root where they touch, cover an area quickly and love the sun. They are ideal groundcovers for hot, dry spots. “After growing many different sedums in my own backyard, I know they tolerate a bit of neglect,” says Bennett. “I got really excited when I found a pinkedged sedum to plant in a flamingo topiary.” After Bennett selects the plants for a specific topiary, she divides them into small sections and rises off as much soil as possible. Using her fingers or a

wooden stake, she makes an indentation in the moss, then “shoe horns’ the roots of a small plant division into the space. She pushes the moss around the roots to hold the plant in place. “The plants grow in the moss, no soil required,” she says. She continues this process until plants cover onefourth of the moss. “Half the fun is watching the plant grow and fill in,” she says. “But, if someone requests a fuller topiary, I place a plant about every three to four inches.” Bennett can create more than 130 different topiaries, including dogs, frogs, turtles, cats, rabbits, giraffes, seahorses, dinosaurs—even a lifesize golfer. Prices start at

$40 US for a small frog or turtle; mid-sized topiaries run $70 to $125; and larger ones like a Labrador retriever is more than $300. Ongoing care is fairly simple. The topiaries stay outside year-round. In the summer, they require watering about every other day; in winter, water is needed maybe once a week. To water one, you thoroughly wet the moss. A monthly feeding with a liquid fertilizer during summer months speeds growth. Turning the frame from time to time helps the plants develop evenly. Scissors can be used to trim the plants to maintain the frame’s shape. “It’s living art that will last you many years,” she says.


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CUISINE from Jude’s kitchen stand mixer breads Some of you will have received a new kitchen appliance over the past few weeks and you’re probably dying to try different things with it. Mine was a Cuisinart stand mixer and now I’m busy adapting old favourite bread recipes to use with it. Since I hurt my shoulder some years ago, I’ve been making bread in the bread maker, but it’s a bit limiting. Many of my old favourite recipes don’t suit just dumping all the ingredients in together and turning on a machine. With the dough hook on the stand mixer, I’m learning to adapt recipes so it does all the hard work of mixing in the flour and kneading the dough, and I’m back to making some of the breads we love. There’s little that’s so satisfying as making bread, and you can add whatever whole grains or seeds, or type of sweetener or oil you like, depending on the taste and the dietary requirements of your family and according to how you use bread in your household. Baking bread makes a house smell like a home, and the only down side is you might eat more of it than you would otherwise. To balance that out, make sure you add a variety of whole grains so the nutritional punch outweighs the additional bread that’s being consumed. There’s not much nutrition in white bread. And, there’s not much flavour either. I’ve also found the stand mixer makes short work of combining the ingredients for cheese ball appetizers, cookies and cakes, so I’m quite pleased with my new kitchen toy. Perhaps you received a slow cooker or other appliance that you’ll enjoy making special dishes with in the new year. Don’t hesitate to drop me an e-mail or note if you’d like to see a particular sort of recipe in this column. And, if you’ve been enjoying this column over the years, perhaps you’d like to reserve a copy of my upcoming cookbook called Jude’s Kitchen to be published by the Okanagan Institute this spring. Go to my website at: www.judiesteeves.com

Bill's Pilgrim Bread My brother Bill has been gone for more than 10 years now, but some of his favourite recipes live on in our home and this is one of them. I’ve recently adapted it to use with my new stand mixer, because mixing in the flour makes my sore shoulder flare up, and the stand mixer with its dough hook makes short work of the mixing and kneading. 1/2 c. (125 ml) cornmeal 1/3 c. (75 ml) packed br. sugar 1 tbsp. (15 ml) salt 2 c. (500 ml) boiling water 1/4 c. (60 ml) olive oil 2 tbsp. (30 ml) active dry yeast 1/2 c. (125 ml) warm (110 F) water 1 c. (250 ml) whole wheat flour 1/2 c. (125 ml) rye flour 4 c. (1 l) unbleached white flour Thoroughly combine cornmeal, brown sugar, and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer. Gradually stir boiling water into it. Stir in oil. Cool to

lukewarm, about 30 minutes. Soften yeast in the half-cup of warm water, then use the dough hook to beat it into the cornmeal mixture on low speed. Add whole wheat and rye flours and mix well on the lowest or second lowest speed. Gradually, add enough white flour until the dough clings to the hook and cleans the side of the bowl, a couple of minutes. Knead on the second speed for about two minutes longer. Remove from bowl, shape into a ball and put in lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease the surface. Cover and let sit in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about an hour. Punch down, turn out onto a floured surface and divide in half. Cover and let rest 10 min. Put two loaves into greased bread pans and let rise again until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 375 F. about 45 min. Turn out onto racks and let cool before slicing. Makes two loaves.

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Cheddar & Herb Braided Bread This savoury bread looks good and tastes even better. Instead of the usual white flour loaf I add half whole wheat flour for flavour and nutrition. I’ve adapted this recipe to use with a stand mixer and its dough hook. 1 1/2 c. (375 ml) warm water (110 F) 1/2 c. (125 ml) warm milk 2 tbsp. (30 ml) dry yeast 2 tbsp. (30 ml) melted butter 1/4 c. (60 ml) honey 1 tbsp. (15 ml) fresh minced rosemary 1 1/2 tsp. (8 ml) black pepper 1 tsp. (5 ml) salt 1 egg 3 c. (750 ml) whole wheat flour 3 c. (750 ml) white flour 1 1/2 c. (375 ml) sharp cheddar sesame seeds, to garnish Combine warm water and milk, 100 C to 115 C, in the warmed bowl of your stand mixer and sprinkle with two packages or the measured amount of bulk dry yeast. Stir in by hand. Add melted butter and honey and stir in until honey has dissolved. Mince rosemary and add it with salt and pepper and an egg. Attach bowl to stand mixer with dough hook attached and beat in on the second speed.

Add the whole wheat flour and mix in on the first speed, then increase to the second speed. Add white flour, a cup at a time, until the dough clings to the dough hook and cleans the sides of the bowl. Remove to a lightly-greased bowl and turn once. Cover it and let it rise in a warm place (85 F is ideal) until it's doubled in size, about 45 minutes to an hour. In the meantime, grate the cheddar, ready to knead it in. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and punch it down hard, so it completely loses its puffiness. Knead in the cheddar cheese until it’s all distributed in the dough. Cut the dough ball in half, to make two medium-sized loaves. Then, let one wait, covered with the towel, while you cut the first one into three evensized strips. Roll these pieces into ropes, about a foot-long each, and pinch all three together at the top. Braid the three pieces together and pinch them together again at the bottom. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Brush lightly with water or egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Lightly grease pans and lay each braid on one, then cover it with a tea towel. Let rise again until they are doubled in size. Heat oven to 375 F and bake loaves for about 25 minutes, or until nice and brown. Makes 2 medium loaves.

Contact Jude’s Kitchen at The Kelowna Capital News, 2495 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, B.C. , V1X 7K2; jsteeves@kelownacapnews.com

Some simple guidelines for readers of Jude's Kitchen There are some basics about my cooking that you should know about in using the recipes created for Jude’s Kitchen. *I mean a large egg when a recipe calls for an egg *usually, butter and margarine are interchangeable *usually, salt and pepper is added to your taste *I generally use sea salt

*fresh ingredients top frozen or canned *organic products are my first choice *wherever possible, I use whole grains, not processed *include a variety of them, when possible *wherever possible, I use fresh herbs *fewer quantities of dried herbs are needed than fresh

*I use extra virgin olive oil *I use grapeseed or olive oil to cook with *I don’t deep fry *feel free to substitute. I do *have fun in the kitchen *encourage others to as well


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