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COLTON SISSONS (left) of the Kelowna Rockets will be among the NHL entry draft eligible players showcased in the upcoming prospects game.

KELOWNA firefighters honoured the memory of an Enderby volunteer fireman who was killed fighting a fire last week by lowering the Enterprise Way fire hall flag to half-mast.

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Extra smiles this Christmas for local family Wade Paterson STAFF REPORTER

Perhaps it was a late Christmas present or an early New Year’s gift. Regardless, Denise LeMere is thrilled about a late December offering that will make life, for her and her son, a lot easier. At 1 p.m. last Friday, a presentation was made by President’s Choice Children’s Charity at Extra Foods in Kelowna. The charity will help Denise purchase a van that is better suited for her son, Taylor, who lives with cerebral palsy. “We have a wheelchair accessible van now, but he’s grown so big that he doesn’t really fit in that one anymore,” said Denise. She had already received $25,000 for the van from the Giving in Action Society, a charitable organization committed to helping families who have a relative with a disability. That, combined with the Children’s Charity donation, will be enough to help the LeMeres purchase an adequate van for Taylor. Denise said she has her eye on a 2011 Toyota Sienna, which she said was quoted to her at $42,500. According to Denise, the funding will help her family “enormously.” “The way it is now, it’s really hard to get him into the van. He bangs the middle of his forehead; he’s too tall.” Various charitable organizations helped the LeMeres purchase their original van. As Taylor grew, the LeMeres had to make alterations to the van, including raising the roof and moving the lift from the side of the van to the rear. President’s Choice Children’s Charity also offered financial assistance when those van upgrades were done six years ago. Denise expressed her gratitude for the financial assistance, explaining that as a single mother she “really can’t afford things like that.” She is hopeful that the new van will be sufficient for a very long time. The LeMeres are eager to put the new van to use. Denise said that she’s excited to show Taylor what Canada has to offer. “We can go to the Rockies; he’s never been up there. We’re going to go do things like that now.” Taylor, who will turn15 this year, has lived through his share of challenges, his mom noted. “He’s wheelchair bound; he can’t walk; he’s unable to talk; it’s difficult. He’s got a computer that helps him at school to learn to read and write. He has lots of challenges, but he’s a very happy guy.”

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Psychic astrologer Heather Zais has some comforting words for those worried by the abundance of apocalyptic predictions about 2012. “Don’t worry, the world is not going to end,” she said from her Bernard Avenue office. Zais has been offering up prognostications based on a mix of numerology and astrology—both western and Chinese—for the better part of four decades, claiming her annual offerings have an 80 per cent success rate. Last year, for example, the stars led her to believe it would be a year of big endings and, lo’ and behold, the world said goodbye to several oppressive regimes and leaders. Now we’re heading into the Year of the Dragon, which offers a mixed bag. “It brings good fortune,” said Zais, noting that dragon years are suited to celebrations of pomp and circumstance— something much deserved

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Okanagan erotic art exhibit posts global call for artists Jennifer Smith

BURGEONING artist Teri Lynn Blackwell faces some stiff competition as she tries


With a big fluffy dog, little boots littering the hall and a kitchen that doubles as a studio, oil painter and pen-and-ink artist Teri Blackwell’s life conjures labels like: “idyllic,” “hectic” and “earthy.” So when she was asked if her painting— done while her three children are at school— would fit in an “erotic” art show, she was admittedly circumspect. “I had never really considered the work erotic. I’d barely even heard of (the show), but then the owner of Ex Nihilo winery approached me and asked for my card,” Blackwell said. Now in its sixth year, the Okanagan Erotic Art Show has been hosted by Jeff and Dacoa Harder, owners of Ex Nihilo Vineyards, for the last two years and will stay on the property as it grows to include artists from all over the world in 2012. The couple are wellknown patrons of figurative art, the winery being named for one of Frederick Hart’s Creation Sculptures at the Washington National Cathedral. Ex Nihilo, the work of art—the term is a Latin phrase meaning out of nothing—is a sculptural mural above a doorway on the outside of the cathedral’s west wing which features a series of nude figures materializing from a stormy abyss. Ex Nihilo, the winery, has a somewhat more humble genesis, though it too has had the human

for the sixth annual Okanagan Erotic Arts Show being held at Ex Nihilo Winery. JENNIFER SMITH/CAPITAL NEWS

form in the art on its walls practically since inception and, since connecting with the erotic art show, has played a major role in the event’s dramatic expansion. With a consistent, committed venue, the show has grown from a 50-person point-of-interest endeavour to a 300ticket affair that both celebrates and plays with its

sexy subject matter, despite the conservative underbelly of the surrounding community. Eroticism and what qualifies as erotic has been both a sore point and a source of inspiration for the show’s founders—Julia Trops, Angela Hanson and Lauren Wilson—who came up with the idea for the show after watching people skirt

their life drawings, barely allowing themselves a glance. Posed as an erotic art show, paintings like Blackwell’s nude or semiclad yoga practitioners can sit alongside a simple sketch of a woman’s foot or a provocative vixen and those who attend are not too shy to look. “For some, eroticism is a fantasy…For others,

a life drawing is erotic. And then some people can’t handle a bum,” said Trops. Trops has had her ups and downs with figurative work. She also founded the Livessence Society for Figurative Artists and Models, providing a way for both groups to work their craft in a safe and accessible manner. She has seen the feedback to the members’ work run the gauntlet from unfettered praise to total condemnation and knows the subject matter can be a lightening rod for controversy. Though clearly influenced by the Renaissance masters, her colourful feminine forms have even faced censorship when one of her sketches was mysterious turned to face the wall by an unknown passerby in the Rotary Centre for the Arts, her studio home for the last decade. Rather than hide from the critics, she has used these jabs to her advantage, letting upturned noses provide muse for a show so popular artists have been asking her to expand its geographic boundaries for some time. Last year, they experimented with a North American call to artists and this year’s will be global. “We sold 20 per cent of the show in 2011. It was mostly to people from out of town. Most of it goes to Alberta or the



Lower Mainland, but to sell 20 per cent is really good,” she said. Trops compiles a catalogue of the event and sends it to the National Gallery of Canada so the artists all have work indexed in Ottawa by the time the show is complete. It will be a coup for a burgeoning artist like Blackwell, should she make the cut. Encouraged by a grandmother who gave her house paint to add toenails and flip-flops to rocks as a child, the self-taught painter said she’s found a very positive reaction to her desire to learn to paint the human form and would never have ventured into the so-called erotic arts were it not for this com-

munity. Wanting to move beyond her fantasy-style drawings, which look like those one might find illustrating Tolkien’s The Hobbit, she figured if she could learn to paint people well, she could pretty well paint anything. It was her friends who then suggested she move into yogi meditations, sun salutations and the like, with yoga instructor Louise Stout even offering to model. So, as she waits to see if her dance-like poses meet the bar, she will explore every other opportunity she can get to show her work—though she now admits she likely always had a little of the erotic spirit within. “My husband and I were best friends when we were kids and we always drew together. He would show me his work and I would show him mine…See, that’s erotic, right?” she joked. “He would show me his. I would show him mine?” The call for artists submissions to the Okanagan Erotic Arts Show can be found at It costs $10 to apply to the jury as Trops wants to keep costs down for the artists; the deadline is Feb. 28 with selection midMarch. Blackwell’s art can be found at


Okanagan orchardists will be looking for a new leader Judie Steeves STAFF REPORTER

Orchardists will elect a new president at this month’s 123rd annual convention in Kelowna. Joe Sardinha has served as president for the past seven years, and was on the executive of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association for four years prior to that. Vice-president Fred Steele and Kirpal Boparai, both of Kelowna, have been nominated for the position, but nominations could be opened from the floor as well. Water will be the theme for this year’s event, which will be held at the Coast Capri Hotel

Keynote speaker will be UBCO assistant professor in anthropology John Wagner, talking about the Columbia River Treaty. The annual general meeting will consist of a Thursday afternoon business session, followed by a Friday morning policy session, Jan. 26 and 27. However, there will be a reception Thursday evening, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Laurel Packinghouse on Ellis Street, where the B.C. Orchard Industry and the Wine Museums are located. Thursday’s agenda includes the financial statements, budget, reports from industry organizations, discussions about the environment and water and project updates It will run

from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday will feature the annual election of officers, including selection of a new president. Amarjit Lalli, who was elected to the board last year, has been nominated for vice-president, along with Jeet Dukhia, who is not currently a member of the board. Members will also consider such issues as labour, financial programs and member services at the Friday morning session which runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz will not be attending this year, but Sardinha said he’s hopeful that provincial minister Don McRae will be able to attend and will speak to orchardists

Friday morning. With even fewer growers on the membership roster than a year ago, BCFGA general manager Glen Lucas said he’s not expecting a large turnout. However, those who do attend likely will be feeling frustrated by the past three years of low returns and the lack of government support for agriculture in general. “Something needs to change,” commented Lucas, adding, “and government needs to take on some of that role. “Without government there as a meaningful partner, there’s a sense of real uncertainty, which isn’t good for business,” he said. “Time is of the essence We need

to know where we stand,” he said. Resolutions growers have drafted to be discussed at this year’s meeting include one calling on government to re-instate the orchard replant or grafting program which provided some assistance for orchard renewal. Growers are also concerned about the possible impact of any introduction of genetically-modified organisms to the industry and one resolution calls on regional districts to declare this area a genetically-engineered-free zone. A resolution to support an agriculture water reserve has also been proposed, along with an increase in the province’s agriculture budget. jsteeves@kelownacapnews com


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Women driver leads cops on wild car chase Two seemingly drunk Kelowna women took a cue from a Hollywood action flick, allegedly leading cops on a rock ’em, sock ’em chase through the city Thursday night. The unusual car chase started just after 9:20 p.m., when police responded to a complaint of an erratic driver behind the wheel of a red Saturn, heading southbound around the 3700 block of Highway 97. “The caller advised that the car rear ended his vehicle at Enterprise and Harvey, and then took off and was driving all over the road,” said Sgt. Ann Morrison. “Police located the suspect vehicle crossing Highway 97 heading southbound onto McCurdy Road and followed it for a short distance. The officer, observed the vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road, crossing the center line, accelerating and then slowing down.” At the intersection of Leathead and Rutland Road, the suspect vehicle stopped for a red light. “Three police officers driving unmarked police SUVs positioned their vehicles in front of and around the suspect and activated the emergency lights, using a tactic aimed at preventing a vehicle from traveling any further,” said Morrison. An officer got out of his vehicle and went to the driver’s side of the suspect vehicle ordering the woman behind the wheel to exit her car. “The suspect vehicle then pro-

ceeded to flee the intersection accelerating, squealing and spinning the tires, and rammed through the positioned police vehicles striking two of them and narrowly missing one of the officers,” said Morrison. Police pursued the Saturn south on Rutland Road with emergency equipment activated, turning into a parking lot at Rutland Road and Highway 33. Once there, three police cars blocked the car. “The female driver and her adult female passenger were removed from the vehicle and arrested,” said Morrison. “Both suffered abrasions in the incident. Due to symptoms of intoxication, a breath demand was made. A subsequent blood demand was made and acted upon when the female showed signs of distress (including a seizure) and was transported to hospital for monitoring.” She remained in hospital Friday morning. The driver is 26 years old, from Kelowna, and faces charges of dangerous driving, impaired driving and flight from police. The female passenger, a 24-year-old friend, also from Kelowna, is not facing charges. The vehicle involved is a 2006 Saturn Ion, red in colour, registered to the female driver. It sustained considerable damage. Three police vehicles sustained varying degrees of damage. One is not drivable. No officers were injured. Police continue to investigate. No charges have been laid yet.

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Flags outside numerous Okanagan fire departments flew at half-mast throughout the weekend in honour of Daniel Botkin, the Enderby firefighter killed battling a blaze Thursday. “It’s outside current city policy, but it’s the appropriate thing to do given it’s a small fire service in the Okanagan and a number of our firefighters knew Cpt. Botkin, through either working with him or training,” said Jeffrey Carlisle, chief of the Kelowna Fire Department. “It’s a tragic event and it hit close to home. We’re all supporting the Enderby fire department and community in their grieving and sorrow. “ It’s support that Carlisle said he hopes will lessen the pain that’s rocked Enderby. Botkin, listed as age 29 by the B.C. Coroners Service, was killed battling a blaze at Sperlich Log Construction in Enderby. “Shortly after 5 a.m., it appeared the fire was under control when there was an explosion in a shed on the site,” said VernonNorth Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“The explosion took the life of one of the volunteer firefighters on scene and it injured a second one.” The injured firefighter was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. Botkin and the injured firefighter are two of 24 volunteer members of the Enderby Fire Department. Enderby Mayor Howie Cyr went down to the scene when he got the word early Thursday. “Upon learning that we lost one of our firefighters, it was just an unbelievable, horrific feeling,” said Cyr. “My heart goes out to his family and to the firefighters, his colleagues. They’re a close-knit bunch of guys who work together and train together.” Cyr said the news would hit the community hard. “I’ve been around here for 19 years and everybody knows everybody around here,” he said. “Something like this is always tragic, but in a town this size, it’s just magnified. It’s unbelievable.” Ray Baumbach lives on neighbouring Baird Avenue. He woke up like he regularly does at 4 a.m. and was playing on his computer when he heard a loud bang.


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Friday at the Enterprise Way Firehall in recognition of a volunteer firefighter who lost his life fighting a fire in Enderby on Dec. 29. “My chair shook and rolled away on me and I was wondering what happened,” said Baumbach. “The next thing I know, I hear sirens going off. I got dressed and came over to have a look. The flames were coming up out of the building.” The fire destroyed the timber-framed, open-ended structure with an aluminum and wood roof, along with a log home being constructed for an overseas client. According to the industry website, Sperlich Log Construction “is

a premium, second-generation Canadian log home builder.” The company, which has been around Enderby for at least 20 years, has been erecting quality log houses and post and beam structures in Canada, Japan and Germany for more than 10 years. The B.C. Coroners Service and the RCMP continue to work with the Fire Commissioner and WorkSafe B.C. to determine the cause of the fire and explosion. —With files from Roger Knox, reporter with the Vernon Morningstar.

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Airport handled the annual Christmas traffic rush Alistair Waters ASSISTANT EDITOR

Kelowna International Airport officials say the annual crush of passengers moving through its terminal over Christmas was smooth sailing. Airport spokeswoman Janelle Hynes said a combination of the airport’s peak holiday travel plan and excellent weather conditions resulted in smooth operations at the airport over Christmas as an estimated 50,000 people passed through the airport between Dec. 15 and 25. The total is twice the normal amount for a regular 10-day period during the year. Hynes said another 50,000 passengers are expected to pass through the terminal between now and Jan. 7. “It’s difficult for any facility to prepare for that kind of an increase over

a two-week period,” said Hynes. But now, with a plan such as the one the airport uses to handle peak travel periods, she said life is a whole lot easier. Exact numbers will not be known until early in January, but this December could break the monthly record of 126,513 passengers who used the airport in December last year. Despite the increased numbers, line-ups have been kept to a minimum and even at security, normally a choke point for most airports, people have been moved through quickly. But it was not just inside the terminal where it was busy last week. Out in the airport’s parking lots, space was at a premium. Hynes said parking peaked overnight on Dec. 24 with more than 2,000

vehicles filling the longterm lot and another 127 having to use the overflow lot. There were another 135 vehicles in the shortterm parking area. The total of just over 2,200 vehicles was a three per cent increase over last year’s Christmas peak. And even Mother Nature co-operated this year. Mild weather here helped and even more harsh winter weather back east had little disruptive effect on flights in and out of Kelowna, said Hynes. Weather warnings issued in Ontario and Quebec, which could have caused a ripple effect of delays across the country, only delayed a few flights and none were cancelled. Last Thursday, flights arriving at, and departing from, the airport were running either on schedule or were delayed just five to 10 minutes.


THE KELOWNA airport saw 50,000 people pass through the terminal between Dec. 15 and 25 but air traffic operations overall ran relatively smoothly with minimal flight arrival/departure delays due to good weather. Still, anyone heading to the airport was advised to check YLW’s webpage at for flight updates before leaving home. Meanwhile, work has started on the first phase of the latest expansion of the airport, the international arrivals area. With more flights to and from the U.S. and

Mexico coming on line all the time—the latest being direct flights eight months of the year to Las Vegas— Hynes said a bigger international arrivals area is needed. As part of the airport’s drive to increase the number of passengers it handles per year to 1.6 million, several other areas of the operation are also to

be expanded over the next few years. In addition to domestic flights to larger centres like Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, as well as smaller Canadian cities, Kelowna’s airport also now has direct flights to Seattle and seasonal flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and

Los Cabos. Hynes said other routes are constantly being looked at and a Kelowna-San Francisco route is currently being considered. Kelowna’s airport is currently the 10th busiest in Canada and handles just over 1.2 million passengers per year.

Health officers back legalizing marijuana Jeff Nagel CONTRIBUTOR

A group of B.C. public health officers has joined a growing coalition of policy leaders urging the legalization and taxation of marijuana. The Health Officers Council of B.C. voted to endorse Stop the Violence B.C. and called for regulation of illegal substances like marijuana to reduce the harm from substance use and the unintended consequences of government policies. “The Health Officer’s Council and other experts are not saying that marijuana should be legalized and taxed because it is safe,” said Dr. Paul Hasselback, a Vancouver Island medical health officer who chairs the council. Hasselback was senior medical health officer with Interior Health, based out of Kelowna, until August of last year. “We are saying that proven public health approaches should be used to constrain its use. There is now more danger to the public’s health in perpetuating a market driven by criminal activity,” Hasselback said. The coalition argues prohibition has failed and enforcement has little impact on drug use, merely fueling the $7-billion illegal pot industry that experts say is directly linked to the spike in gang-related killings since 1997. A report released by Stop the Violence says teens find it easy to buy marijuana and pot use among them is up considerably since the 1990s, despite heavy spending on drug enforcement. “By every metric, this policy is failing to meet its objectives,” said Dr. Evan Wood, a Vancouver doctor and founder of the coalition. By regulating the market, he said, the distribution and use of marijuana would be more controlled and would also eliminate organized crime from the equation. It would also provide a source of tax revenue in the hundreds of millions, he added. Cannabis arrests in Canada climbed from 39,000 in 1990 to more than 65,000 in 2009, according to the coalition. An estimated 27 per cent of young B.C. residents aged 15 to 24 used pot at least once in 2008, according to one poll.


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t didn’t take long for the taxman to start taking the shine off the positive optimism that is supposed to accompany the start of a new year. For 2012, a number of government agencies have already announced how much deeper they will be digging into our pockets: • Employers and workers will have to pony up more for CPP and employment insurance premiums. Workers will see their paycheques shrink by up to

$142 a year. • Those without employee benefit programs will pay six per cent more for MSP premiums. Both FortisBC and BC Hydro will be increasing their electricity rates this year, it will cost more to ride BC Ferries. And the tax hike for Kelowna, West Kelowna and Central Okanagan Regional District rural area residents will be hashed out this month as well. Meanwhile, the federal gov-

ernment has commissioned a $50,000 study to determine where it can increase revenues from existing facilities, services, and products that are now free. While it’s not accurate to say those services are free since taxpayers pay for them, the study on how Ottawa can soak us some more is due out in March. In past years, it has been considered acceptable in bureaucratic circles to increase fees or costs by two to three per cent, because workers were usual-

ly seeing that kind of increase in their wages. But since the economic meltdown two years ago and the problems it has caused since, such increases are not always being granted as employers are being forced to tighten their financial belts, something that government funded service providers at the federal, provincial and civic levels aren’t keeping in step with. But even the ‘taxpayer bank’ has its limitations. Just as the pro-HST folks.

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One resolution that’s easy to renew every New Year’s A t this time of year, it’s common to make New Year’s resolutions. But deciding to do something that will likely take most of the following 12 months to achieve—or longer if it’s a lifestyle change—is not best done after a few drinks to celebrate the arrival of the new year. In my case, the resolution that prompted me to swear off resolutions was not a long-term goal but rather a bucket-list experience that not only shrunk my resolve to make future resolutions, it also shrunk parts of my anatomy that I best not describe here. Many years ago when I lived in

Vancouver, in an alcoCITY doffing my clothes and hol-fuelled fit of braCONFIDENTIAL strolling into what I vado one New Year’s thought would be the Eve, I declared to my cool, but not unbearfriends that my resoluably cold, waters of tion was to try someGeorgia Strait. thing new each month, But when you are starting with the next Alistair hungover and rushing day’s annual VancouWaters out the door the morver Polar Bear swim. ning after the night As resolutions go, before, checking the it was not up there with losing weight, weather forecast is not top of mind. getting fit or any of those other ones How bad could it be? It was Vancouwhere you have to actually do some ver. real work to achieve the goal. The snow on the ground should In my case, it was just getting to have been the first clue. As it turned the shores of English Bay on time, out, the one and only time I participat-

ed in the Polar Bear swim it was (up to then) record cold both on the beach (-3 C) and in the water (just above 0 C). I had to wade through snow on the beach just to get into the frigid water. Now, I’m sure there are hardy souls out there who regularly indulge in such madness and may even enjoy it. Not me. I’m happy to say, “Been there, done that and got the T-shirt.” Many around me appeared to have not stopped drinking prior to splashing in the water but I had sobered up enough to pray I would make it back to the beach before hypothermia set in. So, as I stood there shivering with

my feet ice cold in the snow, I thought to myself: How could this be so? (Sorry Dr. Seuss.) How could I have done something so silly on a whim? It was at that moment I swore off New Year’s resolutions. Well, kinda. I actually did make one more, and it is one I have stuck to every year since—not to make New Year’s resolutions any more. But to those who do, good luck. To those who don’t, just get on with your life. But no matter what you do, happy New Year. Alistair Waters is the Capital News assistant editor.

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MP should have met with constituents town meeting and decided to not attend. If he wished to respond to his critics he should have done so at this public meeting as all of the other political parties of the Okanagan did. Instead he has chosen to ‘respond’ through the media and does not at all address the concerns his constituents brought forward. It was recognized that there are many positive aspects of the bill. However, it was clear that those in attendance at the meeting had concerns about various aspects as well. A UBC doctoral student who spoke at the meeting

correctly explained that although it seems intuitive that mandatory minimum prison sentences would result in a modification of public behaviour, empirical data indicate otherwise. Our laws should reflect this and not take prison sentencing discretion away from our judges. Another concern was that the debate which took place in Ottawa on the omnibus crime bill was limited to five minutes per section. This did not allow the bill to be properly scrutinized by Parliament. While parts of the bill had been debated prior to the

federal election, none had ever gained full approval and therefore needed to be scrutinized again to ensure that passing the bill would not cause harm to our communities. Citizens from a variety of different social and special interest groups including victim’s groups, academics, civil liberties experts and others have warned the current government about excessive costs and negative unintended consequences of the omnibus crime bill. Even republicans from Texas are warning Canadians that man-

datory minimums are ineffective and costly. This comes while both Texas and highly indebted California are repealing their own mandatory minimums recognizing that they have been a complete social and economic failure. I hope next time there is a public meeting on this controversial issue, or any other, that Mr. Cannan will attend so his constituents will better understand his reasoning for taking a position that so many of them disagree with. Gilbert Hobart, Kelowna




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he B.C. Liberal government enters 2012 with the weight of its “golden decade” heavy on its shoulders. Having delivered a throne speech and a raft of legislation last fall, the government must pick up where it left off and build a February budget from the wreckage of the Harmonized Sales Tax. This takes place as growth and revenue projections decline, and demand for government services continues to rise. The NDP opposition finds itself in a front-runner role, and now faces pressure to detail its longpromised practical alternative. A revived B.C. Conservative Party must also move beyond protest to problem solving. Here are some of the immediate problems that will face the legislature when it resumes on Valentine’s Day. Education: It seems inevitable that the B.C. Teachers’ Federation will once again have a new contract imposed. In December, school support staff joined the parade of public sector unions that accepted the two-year “net zero” wage mandate.


Tom Fletcher Deficits that forced that mandate have ballooned again due to the HST mess, and the October throne speech hinted strongly that “net zero” will be extended in all but name in 2012. Little noticed amid the usual labour noise, Education Minister George Abbott has launched a broad plan to “transform” education. Along with “personalized learning plans” and “flexibility and choice,” the plan promises “regular teacher performance evaluation sessions.” Buckle your seatbelts, parents. Health care: Premier Christy Clark hosts the annual premiers’ conference in Victoria Jan. 1617. The provinces divided sharply in December, as the three western ones backed Ottawa’s imposition of a new funding formula, while those from Manitoba east protested the news that six-per-cent

annual increases will slow a bit in five years. B.C.’s more immediate problem is a shift to per-capita funding that phases out targeted money for things like our dedicated hip and knee surgery program. Provinces are now supposed to create such innovations for their own sake, without further federal intrusion into provincial jurisdiction. That change costs B.C. an estimated $256 million a year, starting in 2014. The B.C. Liberals have this year to find savings, or face the task in an election year. And NDP leader Adrian Dix is restricted by his vow to make only spending promises that add up. Energy and environment: As with the minimum wage, the B.C. Liberals are forced to tinker with the carbon tax. Taxing schools and hospitals to fund natural gas and cement companies’ emission projects has to stop, as Environment Minister Terry Lake has admitted. Clark and Finance Minister Kevin Falcon must be tempted to borrow an NDP suggestion that carbon tax revenues be redirected more

broadly to transit and energy-saving refits. But this means spending the money instead of reducing income taxes, as legislation currently requires, and both parties must face the fact that this entails a tax increase. A storm is about to begin up north as federal environmental hearings open on a proposed oil pipeline to Kitimat. Clark remains carefully noncommittal, the NDP bitterly opposed. But the parties actually agree on liquefied natural gas exports from the same port. The NDP signaled cautious support for the plan before Christmas,

with greater scrutiny of drilling and water use. We in the media do a poor job of reporting when parties agree. Debate will soon resume on B.C.’s new Family Law Act, aimed at avoiding courts and conflict, with bipartisan support. Fixing B.C.’s impaired driving legislation, to keep that out of our clogged courts, should also be expedited. B.C.’s traditional blame game won’t make the problems of 2012 go away. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

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BUSINESS With school shut down for the Christmas holiday break, the challenge for parents is to find things to do indoors to keep the kids busy. One popular spot was the EnergyPlex in Kelowna, a facility that offers a myriad of activities, from an obstacle course and rock climbing to a gymnastics activity centre.

CLOCKWISE from top left: Jasper Buechi, 10, corkscrews through the air as he makes a front flip into the gymnastics centre foam pit; Todd Wangler couldn’t help but join in on the fun with his boys Paxton, 1, and Logan, 9, on a trip down the slides; Mariah Jarvis, 5, takes flight in the bouncy castle; Catilina McCosker, 2, makes her way through the tunnel maze; Daniel Low, 22 months old, gives it his best go on the trampoline at the Energy Plex Play Centre; April Otke, 3, inches her way up the climbing wall.

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Judge restores roadside penalties Jeff Nagel CONTRIBUTOR

The courts have temporarily restored the power of B.C. police officers to issue immediate 90day suspensions to impaired drivers caught with a blood-alcohol level over 0.08. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Jon Sigurdson, who previously struck down that part of the roadside penalty system, issued a follow-up ruling just before Christmas that suspends the implementation of his decision until June 30. That effectively gives the provincial government six months to pass new legislation to ensure the roadside penalties and

process to appeal them comply with the law. Justice Sigurdson noted the government considers the automatic roadside penalties more effective than criminal prosecutions in fighting impaired driving. “I have concluded that an immediate declaration of invalidity of part of the (administrative penalty) regime may pose a danger to the public,” he wrote. Sigurdson’s original Nov. 30 ruling fanned fears that police powers to battle impaired drivers would be seriously eroded just as the holiday CounterAttack campaign was getting underway. For three weeks since the Nov. 30 judgment, police had been unable to is-

sue the 90-day suspensions and related penalties and fees that add up to $3,750 for drivers who blow in the “fail” range over 0.08. Instead, officers at roadblocks faced a choice: Arrest the driver and administer a breath test at the police station, or else issue only a 24-hour suspension. A roadblock that caught two impaired drivers would lose its investigating officers to the criminal procedure and might have to halt enforcement early that night as a result. For roadside readings of 0.08 per cent or higher, police had previously been imposing a 90-day driving ban, a $500 fine and impounding the vehi-

cle for 30 days. That suspension can cost a driver $3,750, including $700 for towing and storage and $1,420 to take a mandatory “responsible driver” course. To comply with the court rulings, the province must ensure those drivers get a chance to challenge the decision. “We will work to introduce changes to the Motor Vehicle Act as soon as possible in the spring legislative session,” Solicitor General Shirley Bond said in a statement. Justice Sigurdson also found 90-day suspensions are constitutional for drivers who refuse to provide a breath sample upon request. He upheld the use of


RCMP OFFICER removes open alcoholic beverages from a vehicle at a CounterAttack roadblock. the immediate roadside prohibitions for drivers who blow in the “warn” range between 0.05 and 0.08. Bond noted the roadside penalties resulted in a 40 per cent drop in alco-

hol-related deaths in the first year. “Forty-five more people are alive to enjoy the holidays this year because police stopped impaired drivers, people who would not be with their families

today without this legislation. Sigurdson has yet to rule on whether B.C. drivers who were punished without sufficient right to appeal are entitled to compensation.

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Jordan Bateman in the spring of 2011, but B.C. Hydro has committed to rate increases of 3.9 per cent in 2012 and 2013. The coming year will also see the last legislated increase in B.C.’s carbon tax on fossil fuels. As of July 1, 2012 the carbon tax on a litre of gasoline rises from 5.56 cents to 6.67, with similar increases on diesel, natural gas and other fuels used by consumers and industry. The current legislation requires each increase to be offset by reductions in personal and business income taxes. Premier Christy Clark says consultation is underway with business and the public to see what direction the province takes on the carbon tax after 2012.

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Highway 33. The Rutland Residents Association AGM is Jan. 19, 7 p.m., at the Rutland Centennial Hall. The guest speaker at that meeting will be Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray.

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Make 2012 a fall-free year SENIORS’ CONCERNS

Sharen Marteny


uring this past month, I met five seniors who had recently fallen and incurred serious injuries. Three of them suffered eye injuries from their falls, one was inflicted with a broken hip. Another fell and was on the floor for hours before

someone found her. One was living in assisted living, another in supportive housing and three in their own homes. Four out of the five falls occurred where the senior lived. One of those who fell said he had been saying for two years that the people living in supportive housing were too old for him so he didn’t need to move out of his home. His fall convinced him to move. He has now made new friends and wishes that he had made the move two years earlier. Another of the fallen seniors was living in supportive housing when she fell, so she was found very quickly. She turned around too fast and took a tumble. Now she is having eye surgery. If she had been using a walker, she probably would have been able to keep her balance. But she didn’t feel she needed one. I would suggest that the family of a senior rent a walker for a week just to try it out. Then take the walker away and see if he or she misses it. Often seniors will realize the advantages of using a walker in that case and want to get one. As much as seniors do to prevent a fall, it will still happen. That’s why wearing a hip protector is another option worthy of consideration. These devices are being made with more design to increase comfort. The seniors wear them all day so if they should fall, their hips have some protection. The hip protector absorbs the fall. I have been to the Kelowna General Hospital emergency room with seniors who have incurred broken hips from falls. They are in serious pain and the surgery can’t always be done the same day as the injury. And after the surgery, there is the rehabilitation time. After all of that, it might become a necessity for the senior involved to move from their own home to supportive housing. And at that point, they won’t have the energy or mobility to tour the supportive housing locations and choose the best option, something they can do while still healthy and mobile. It’s extremely important that seniors move into the supportive housing residence that meets their individual needs. If that process is done in haste rather than through thoughtful consideration of different options, then a major emotional and financial cost may be incurred as a result. As for seniors who choose to live at home and are alone, use of a life alert system can help notify someone that he or she has fallen. Sharen Marteny is a services consultant for seniors in Kelowna.

ASHTON AND JOSIAH cuddle up with their new home-made quilts, a housewarming and Christmas gift from some local quilters.



Quilters donate housewarming gifts A group of avid Okanagan quilters have presented two Habitat for Humanity partner families with a very special housewarming gift—homemade quilts. The quilts are custommade for each of the eight children and three adults who have recently moved into their Habitat homes and showcase the artistic skill of the quilters. Brenda, Val, Dianne and Donna, an informal group of quilters who meet every Friday morning in Brenda’s Okanagan Centre home, have made and presented quilts to a number of worthy causes, including Teen Challenge.



“I just love making quilts,” explained Brenda, who requested her last name not be published. “It’s what I do. I just want to give them to somebody that could use them.”

The quilts were delivered to the families on Dec. 22 which coincidentally is the birthday of the youngest new Habitat member, two-year-old Josiah. “When you think about it, quilts make a perfect housewarming gift for a Habitat home,” Lona Manning, executive director of HFH Kelowna, remarked. “Both Habitat homes and quilts are made the old-fashioned way—by neighbours, friends and family working together to create something that will be used for years, maybe for generations.” The new partner fam-

ilies were selected earlier this year and will perform 500 hours of sweat equity for their new home, in addition to paying a no-interest mortgage. Habitat for Humanity Kelowna will hold a dedication party for the duplex in the spring. The project was built in partnership with Okanagan College and is one of two duplexes Habitat for Humanity Kelowna has built on the Westside in the past two years. Habitat for Humanity Kelowna is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit, faith-based housing organization. Habitat for Humani-

ty’s homeownership model empowers families to invest in homeownership. Through volunteer labour, efficient management and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of homeowner (partner) families. Habitat homes are sold to partner families with no down payment required and are financed with affordable, no-interest mortgages. Mortgage payments go into a revolving fund, which is used by affiliates to build more homes for more families in need.

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Resolving chemical sensitivity issues Dr. Sharnell Muir





t was something nobody wants to hear from a doctor: “Get your affairs in order.� Gloria, who is from Texas, was suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity disorders and fibromyalgia when she heard from that her doctor. Her near death experience had resulted from her exposure to mold. Today, she now calls herself an “ex-canary.� People who suffer from chemical sensitivities are called the “canaries� of our time. Miners would take canaries into a coal mine with them to determine air quality—if the canary stopped singing or dropped dead they knew it was time to leave. “What I didn’t know is the mold was in the school where I taught as a bilingual teacher,� Gloria recalled.


Annie Hopper “My symptoms started in 2003. Shortly thereafter, unexplained headaches turned into migraines. “My symptoms gradually got worse. Five years later, I was having seizures and stroke-like symptoms. I also became allergic to all but 18 specific kinds of foods. “When I would eat the foods I had become allergic to, it would result in a mysterious paralysis.� Gloria said she visited some 52 different doctors, specialists and alternative health practitioners, all of whom she says were un-

able to treat her illness. “My successful teaching career came to a very abrupt halt,� she said. By October 2007, Gloria had become a wheelchair-bound invalid. After a 10-hour seizure that was triggered by a common chemical cleaner, local emergency room doctors confirmed her worst fear, hence the “get your affairs in order� advice. In utter disbelief and sheer agony, Gloria’s family began to videotape the events of her illness, in the hope it might convince the school district to remedy the mold problem in the school where she had taught. Instead, that action got her fired. “In the 2007-08 school year, mold had been discovered in many classrooms at the school where I served as a bilin-

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The Kelowna Self Advocates Group works with folks who have developmental disabilities, and also reaches out to parents, caregiver family members, employers and neighbours. The group meets every second Tuesday of the months from September through June. If there is a long weekend they meet the Tuesday after. The meetings run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and most people bring their own lunch. The self advocates group is made up of people who want to make a difference in the way others with disabilities live/work/play and are perceived by society. They want to showcase why disabled people are equal and welcome by showing they are equal and welcoming of themselves. Members like to attend events, to volunteer for a good cause, be part of society and have society part of our lives. They are people who like to participate. Monthly meetings consist of featured speakers on a variedly of topical issues. Politicians are invited to attend so they understand issues facing the disabled and to help lobby on their behalf. Other guest speakers touch on issues such as sports and fitness connections employment and work options explored, budgeting and finance issues, safety and the rights of the disadvantaged, communications, housing options and how to vote. The self advocates group came out of the Kelowna & District Society of Community Living, and has been around now for 12 years. Alli McNeill is an advisor for the Kelowna Self Advocates Group.



Annie Hopper is a limbic system neuroplasticity specialist in Kelowna.

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“Within minutes, I would crumble to the ground like a rag doll, totally helpless to stop the impending seizure, or paralysis; a cycle that repeated itself hundreds of times over the 10 years.� But Gloria said being introduced to the dynamic neural retraining system has changed her life. “The first few weeks after I completed the program, I noticed that places I frequented no longer smelled the same and I had no seizures. I even had lunch at a restaurant with a friend who was wearing cologne. For me, that was huge.� After suffering those many years of pain and discomfort, Gloria now considers herself healed.




gual/ESL teacher,� Gloria recounted. “By now, small concentrations of mold in any environment caused seizures or loss of motor skills, and would result in my paralysis that would last up to two days. “The diagnosis from doctor #53 was toxic encephalopathy. A scan revealed a brain injury that the doctor attributed to mold. “My husband and I believed that if I removed the mold, my body would take care of everything else. Yet, even after detoxifying the mold and 75 different types of therapies later, I was still reacting.� She said the symptoms she experienced from mold exposure began to spread, triggered by perfume, cologne, chlorine and the blue cleaner used in restaurants.

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Future stars showcased in Top Prospects Game Kevin Parnell STAFF REPORTER

Several players hitting the ice with their national teams in the 2012 World Junior Hockey Tournament will be in Kelowna in about a month, including a Russian star who could be the first Russian to be selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft since Alexander Ovechkin. The top 40 NHL draft eligible players will converge on Kelowna Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 for the CHL/ NHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game. Russia’s Nail Yakupov, who plays for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting, is among those players coming to Kelowna. Considered a potential first overall pick, Yakupov is one of eight players playing in the World Junior Tournament that will also be in the Top Prospects Game. “He’s a dynamic player who plays with offensive energy,” NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr said on “He wants the puck and loves to score.” Yakupov’s explosive skill is just a sampling of what will be on display for

Central Okanagan hockey fans when the Kelowna Rockets host the Top Prospects game at Prospera Place. The two-day event will bring a wealth of talent to Kelowna, including a pair of hometown favourites in Rockets’ captain Colton Sissons and offensive defenceman Damon Severson. “I think this is going to be a real treat for our fans because you are never going to see all 40 of the best draft-eligible players playing against each other,” said Gavin Hamilton, the Rockets vice-president of business development. “When we bid on this game, our thought process was that this would be an exciting event for our fans to be able to see.” Team Canada players that will be in Kelowna include Tanner Pearson of the Barrie Colts and Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips. Other players now at the World Junior that local hockey fans will see include Czech players Radek Faksa, Tomas Hyka and Martin Frk as well as Olli Maatta of Team Finland and Russia’s Mikhail Grigorenko. Team Canada’s Murray is the top ranked

WHL skater while Russia’s Grigorenko is the highest rated skater in the QMJHL, meaning the top player in each of the three CHL member leagues will be in Kelowna. “It’s going to be an excellent showcase of players that are the next generation of NHL stars,” said Hamilton. Historically, the Top Prospects Game is held in an NHL city. The Kelowna event is one of the first times the game has been held outside of a traditional NHL market. Hamilton says over 250 NHL scouts, general managers and owners have already confirmed attendance at the game as they look to build their respective draft lists ahead of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. It’s expected some NHL management teams will stay in Kelowna following the Top Prospects Game to hold their draft meetings, meaning the event will be a nice boost to the Kelowna economy. “This is huge for the economy when you look at the hotel rooms and the restaurants,” said Hamilton. “It could also showcase our city and our facility in terms of possibly having NHL teams lay-


KELOWNA ROCKETS captain Colton Sissons will be among the NHL draft eligible prospects to play in the annual CHL/NHL Home Hardware Top Prospects event, coming to Kelowna Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. over here as Detroit did a few years ago.” The Top Prospects Game began with teams coached by Don Cherry and Bobby Orr but has expanded in recent years

to include several well known ex-NHL players as coaches. As of the Capital News press deadline, the coaching staffs for this year’s teams was yet to be confirmed.

The event begins with a skills competition on Jan. 31 and concludes the next night with what has traditionally been a hotly contested hockey game Feb. 1.

There are still tickets available for the Top Prospect Game and they can be ordered through Select Your Tickets.

Heat women adapt to life in CIS Warren Henderson STAFF REPORTER


ROZ HUBER and the UBC Okanagan Heat return to

Canada West basketball action this weekend with home games on Friday and Saturday.

A third of their maiden season under their belts, Roz Huber and the UBC Okanagan women’s basketball squad are ready to leave all the jitters and uncertainty of their new life in Canadian Interuniversity Sport behind once and for all. The Heat will tip off the New Year of Canada West action this Friday night at the Kelowna campus gym as the University of Manitoba Bisons come calling. Game time is 6 p.m. In a league where teams and players are bigger, stronger and faster than in the BCCAA, Huber said the learning curve, as expected, has been considerable. Still, the veteran post player is encouraged by how her Heat teammates have responded to the challenge of pushing their game to a brand new level. “I think our rookies have really calmed down a lot since those first games, they’re learning about

the speed of the game, and our older players are settling down, too,” said Huber, in her fourth season with the Heat. “We’re all getting more comfortable with our teammates. “I think the second half is going to be better,” she added. “We’ll be more composed because we know we’re a good team.” The Heat sit at 1-5 in their inaugural Canada West season, the lone victory coming over the University of Brandon Bobcats. Like any fledgling program to CIS competition, the UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team understands results aren’t going to come overnight. Still, coach Semeniuk expects steps to be made with each quarter her team plays. “They’re progressing and learning so much every time they’re out on the floor, and as long as they’re improving, you can’t ask for too much more,” she said. “The girls knew a little of what to expect before the sea-

son, but there’s the realization of actually being on the court and playing at this level, that’s the biggest revelation. Now they’ve seen what it’s all about. “Everything is a step up,” she added, “the traveling, the experience of the other teams, the work off the floor they have to put in, those are all adjustments they need to make. The girls excited about having another 12 games to learn and do that.” Over their first six games, the Heat is averaging more than 60 points, a respectable number for a first-year team. On the other hand, UBCO is yielding 76 points per game, a gap Semeniuk hopes to see close over the final two months of the Canada West season. In addition to tightening up defensively, Semeniuk said the Heat must continue to rely on each other develop their team play. “It’s about the five girls on the floor playing together as one,” said Semeniuk. “At this level, you’re not go-

ing to stop those star players on other teams by playing them as individuals. “Unless we focus on team goals, we’re not going to progress, and I think the girls and beginning to understand that.” And combined with the neversay-die, workmanlike approach the Heat bring to the floor, Huber expects the UBC Okanagan women make significant strides over the final two-third of the 2011-12 campaign. “We feel like there are a few teams we can give a run for their money, they’re not all heads above us,” said Huber. “This team is not going away, we’re going to go in and compete every night. As long as we’re working hard and doing our best, nothing is lost. We understand this is our first year and we’re going to take our lumps, but we want teams to take us seriously. We have to grind it out.” On Saturday, the UBC Okanagan women host the University of Winnipeg, with tip off at 6 p.m.




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Heat men’s hoops team started to make progress before holiday break Younger guys just starting to believe in themselves before holiday break, coach says. Warren Henderson STAFF REPORTER

level of play,” said Semeniuk. “I think the biggest thing our guys learned over the first six games is that they can compete against the other teams in our league when they play as a team.” The Heat will return to Canada West action this weekend at home when they host the University of Manitoba Bisons on Friday, and the Winnipeg Wesmen on Saturday. Tip off both nights at UBCO is 8 p.m. The Heat did manage to get some quality basketball in over the holiday break, tuning up for the remainder of the Canada West season with three exhibition games last week at the University of Winnipeg.


It’s not often coaches of varsity sports teams don’t embrace the concept of the Christmas break. But for UBC Okanagan men’s basketball coach Darren Semeniuk, the extended layoff for his Heat may have been as much a momentum breaker as a chance to rest and recuperate. In their first six games of Canada West competition the Heat went 1-5,

with their best basketball coming on the final weekend of play in 2011. UBCO knocked off the University of Regina 78-76 at home for its first ever CIS win on Nov. 26. The following night, the Heat lost 81-68 to Brandon but competed against the Bobcats from the opening whistle to the last. After a somewhat tentative and nervous beginning to their life in Canada West, Semeniuk is watching his players gain confidence with each outing. “It is really kind of unfortunate that our Chrismas break had to come as I feel that our younger guys were just starting to believe in themselves and get comfortable with the

Given time and more exposure to CIS teams, Semeniuk believes the Heat will continue to narrow the gap against their often bigger and more experienced opponents. “It is no secret that we are the underdog every game, but the better team on paper isn’t always the team that comes out on top,” he said. “There have been several character-building moments this year, and I like the way our guys have responded.” As for the Heat’s final 12 games of the Canada West regular season, Semeniuk’s expectations are straightforward— work hard, play as a team, and the results will follow. “Improve each and

every week and be playing our best basketball at the end of the season,” Semeniuk said. “The games coming up are not going to get any easier for us, but our guys are focused on being a team that every team should be worried about. “I expect our younger players to continue to improve and earn more minutes. It should be a fun and exciting last 12 games of the season.” Veteran guard Yassine Ghomari leads the Heat in scoring with 19.2 points per game. Simon Pelland is the leading rebounder with 29 in six games, while Bret MacDonald is the leader in assists with 18.


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NORTH VANCOUVER’S Emily Oxland, one of B.C.’s top high school volleyball players, will play next season for the UBC Okanagan Heat.


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One of the top players in all of high school girls volleyball in Western Canada will make Kelowna’s UBC Okanagan campus her home next season. Emily Oxland, a twotime B.C. championship MVP, has committed to the Heat for the 2012-13

Canada West campaign. The 18-year-old from North Vancouver helped lead the Handsworth Royals to the provincial 4A titles in both 2009 and 2010. Volleyball runs deep in the Oxland family as Emily’s sister Rebecca plays at Western Ontario, while See Oxland A20




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Annual international midget tourney launches Wednesday Skilled action expected from elites. There are 12 top midget teams from across Canada in Kelowna this week as the 33rd annual Kelowna International Elite Midget Tournament takes place at Rutland and Memorial Arenas Wednesday through Sunday. Kelowna’s midget tier 1 team will carry the local hopes into the event against teams from hockey hotbeds like Notre Dame, which will send two teams, along with clubs from Thunder Bay, Swift Current and Wenatchee. Hockey academies will be well represented as well with teams from the Kelowna-based Pursuit of Excellence, the Okanagan Hockey Academy and the Calgary Edge Academy. Rounding out the field are Hollyburn, Ridge

Meadows and Comox Valley. As far as the Kelowna Fripp Warehousing Junior Rockets, the team is having an excellent year and brings a solid crew into the tournament. At 10-2-3, the Jr. Rockets are first place in the OMAHA standings. Overall the team is 24-4-4, out-scoring its opponents 111 to 60. They also had an unbeaten streak that hit 19. “We’re going into the tournament to win it, just like any other team,” said head coach Eric Blais. “We’re excited to play against this tough competition.” The Kelowna International Midget tournament prides itself on the strength of the teams as well as the tough schedule and the chance for players to be exposed to scouts. It’s an event that features tough, hard hitting and fast-paced hockey.

“We’re looking forward to another great year,” said Jim Mazzei, tournament media liason. “These are some of the best midget teams anywhere in the country and the competition will be very stiff,” Mazzei said. Action begins at the tournament Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Rutland Arena with the Pursuit of Excellence against Hollyburn. The Kelowna Jr. Rockets open the tournament Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at Memorial Arena against the Wenatchee Wild Under-18 team. Games continue through the week with the top four teams playing in semi-final games on Saturday at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Rutland West. The championship game is Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Arena. There is more information online at www.

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New recruit a ‘huge’ catch for Heat Oxland from A19 her dad, Tom, was a star at the University of Waterloo in the 1980s. UBCO head coach Steve Manuel said landing a player of Oxland’s talent and pedigree is an important acquisition for the Heat program. “It’s huge for us,” said Manuel. “She’s been one of the top players at every age and every level she’s played at, and she comes from a great volleyball family. We’re very happy she chose to come here.” The Heat were the big winners as Oxland’s services were sought by many

top schools from virtually every region of the country. In the end, she liked the more intimate setting of the UBC Okanagan campus, and the chance to play for an up-and-coming program. “When I went for a visit, I liked the campus, I liked the small-community feel it had and I liked the city,” said Oxland. “As for the team, it’s a good situation for me because it’s a new program and one I feel like I’ll be more a part of right away. “If I go to an older, stronger program, I probably wouldn’t be able to

play as much of a role. I thought it was the right fit for me.” And Manuel expects Oxland to make an immediate impact with the Heat program—even before she steps on the floor for that first match. “It’s another big step for us, being able to recruit players like Emily adds more credibility to our program,” he said. “In addition to what she’s going to do on the court, even before she puts on a uniform, players and coaches, people everywhere are going to sit up straight and see we mean business.

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“We’re not interested in just being part of CIS and just playing matches. This is just another indication of how serious and competitive we expect our program to be.” Oxland played both as a setter and power hitter in high school, but will focus exclusively on setting with the Heat. Manuel said her addition will help take some of the burden off UBCO’s current setter, Chandler Proch. “Chandler has been carrying the entire load for us, she’s been doing a great job, but that can be very difficult. When you’re the only one, it’s sink or swim,” said Manuel. “Emily gives us depth at that position, and what I see as a huge benefit to having two great setters is the quality of training our team is going to get, day in and day out.” Away from the court, Oxland will be enrolled in the Human Kinetics program at UBC Okanagan. Meanwhile, Manuel and the Heat head to Edmonton this weekend for an exhibition tournament, featuring the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, Regina and Saskatchewan, as well as a touring team from Japan. UBCO (2-8) returns to Canada West regular season action Jan. 13 and 14 in Brandon.

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organizations. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will go to the Kelowna General Hospital Children’s Ward. The Oldtimers’ Hockey Challenge tour is family fun entertainment appearing in over 48 cities from coast to coast in Canada. Skaters from the Kelowna Figure Skating Club, tykes from Kelowna Minor Hockey, and a cameo performance by Bryan Trottier on guitar will add to the fun. It is the most successful tour of its kind in North America and raises money for charity in each city it visits. Tickets are $25 each and are available at,, or at the door on game day. For more information, visit

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TRAIN TO BE A PRACTICAL NURSE IN KELOWNA TODAY! With the aging population, Healthcare & Healthcare providers are some of the hottest career opportunities available. Practical Nursing is one of the fastest growing segments in healthcare. Train locally for the skills necessary in this career Àeld.

Help Wanted $2500+/MO.! Men & Women 18+yrs. needed to fill F/T positions in our Kelowna office. We provide full training. Call 250-860-9480, email: or text 250-8990981 Alberta earthmoving company requires a Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will work in a modern shop and also have mechanics truck for field work. The job is at Edson, Alberta. We require that you have experience on Cat crawlers and or Deere excavators. Call Lloyd at (780)723-5051. CA$H for LBS! Resolve now for FREE program! Details:


While we try to ensure all advertisements appearing in the Kelowna Capital News are placed by reputable businesses with legitimate offers, we do caution our readers to undertake due diligence when answering any advertisement, particularly when the advertiser is asking for monies up front. Comfort Gas Service Inc. (CGSI) (Plumbing, Heating & A/C) WANTED! Journeyman HVAC Technician Or Experienced HVAC Technician. Email resume to & Call (250)-868-7105 GENERAL FARM LABOUR required in Winfield & Oyama. No exp nec but must be able to learn quickly. Duties incl but are not restricted to pruning, thinning & harvesting fruit. The jobs are physically demanding & require working in all weather cond. Employment from Mar 1-Oct 31, 2012. $10.25/hr. 10 hrs/day, 6 days/wk. Reply to Sohal Orchards Ltd. 10391 Chase Rd., Winfield

GENERAL VINEYARD LABOURERS Gray Monk Cellars Ltd is seeking temporary vineyard labourers in Lake Country and surrounding area, to start work February 13th, 2012. Candidates must be willing to work outdoors and in all seasonal conditions. On the job training is provided, duties incl. picking, processing, grounds and vineyard maint. Starting wage $9.50/hr. approx. 40-50 hrs/wk. Please fax resume to: 766-3390 or email We thank all applicants in advance, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.


is hiring on behalf of Baker Hughes Baker Hughes Alberta based oilfield services company is currently hiring;

EQUIPMENT OPERATORS Class 1 or 3 License required.


HD MECHANICS 3rd or 4th apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics with their Red Seal and CVIP License to work in Red Deer & Hinton. Please call 250-718-3330 or Fax: 1-888-679-0759 For more information or send your resume & current drivers abstract to: Live-in Caregiver required for 84 year old male, 80% blind with medical conditions. Duties include making meals, housecleaning & laundry. Valid driver’s license is required to drive to appointments, shopping, etc. Please reply to J.R. Braun, 2434 Oliver Ranch Rd. OK Falls BC V0H 1R2 NEW YORK FRIES- #4452271 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC requires F/T chef, $15/hr. Send resume by fax 778-4771126 or email: SHORT on cash? Need money? We can help, get a loan on your directly deposited income. Call (250)868-2020

ORCHARD Workers, thinning, picking, pruning. $10.25/hr. or piece rate up to 60hrs/wk 6 days/wk. April 1 - Oct 31. Apply by fax, 250-765-3002

Are you into exercise, motivated and wanting some extra income? Capital News is looking for a person or persons with a reliable vehicle to deliver newspapers door to door in the Kelowna and Westside areas. Various sized routes on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Your papers would be dropped at your home early in the morning, and you would have the whole day to complete your deliveries.

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Work as much or as little as you want. To apply for this position, please call Capital News Circulation at 250-763-7575 and ask for Richard.

We thank all applicants in advnce but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services MANAGER, COOKS, 2 KITCHEN HELPERS- A popular restaurant & busy fast food Restaurant in Kelowna urgently requires the following staff: Restaurant Manager (1 position), F/T, $16/hr. Qualified & experienced Cooks (2 positions), F/T, $14.15/hr. Food counter attendants/kitchen helpers (2 positions), F/T, $11/hr. For positions of restaurant Manager & Cooks applicants must be qualified as a Manager/Cook and have minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in the Hotel/Food industry. Please send resume to M & R Deol Holdings Ltd/New York Fries 445 2271 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6H2. Fax to: 1-778477-1126. Email:

Model/ Talent Agencies BEACH Bunnies Escorts is now hiring for 2012! Make your financial dreams a reality! BC’s best paying and classiest agency! Must Be drug and drama free. Contact Porscha for an interview. 250-448-8854

Trades, Technical is hiring a Field Service Tech in the B.C. Interior. Gasfitters B ticket/apprentice req’d. For more info and to apply go to: Job 2011-1539

Services Mind Body Spirit #1 for a reason. Paradise Massage. Where men come to relax. 778-477-5050 Kelowna AFFORDABLE, Excellent F/B Massage & NIR Sauna. Thank you! Linda 250-862-3929. ASIAN Ladie’s Massage. Lovely, Peaceful Setting, Men and women welcome $60/hr. Call (250)-317-3575 BLISS Massage 4 your every need. 10 yrs exp. men only . Call 4 appt. 250-215-7755 THAI Massage. Totally relax & energize your body & mind. Call 250-801-7188

Financial Services ARE YOU EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL DISTRESS? Relief is only a call away! Call 250-979-4357 to set up your FREE consultation in Kelowna Donna Mihalcheon CA,CIRP BDO Canada Limited Trustee in Bankruptcy, #200 -1628 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna, BC. V1Y 9X1

NEED MONEY FAST? Get a Title Loan against your Vehicle and keep driving it!! No Job/Credit? NO PROBLEM!!


(327-8729) Visit us at: 209-1767 Harvey Ave Kelowna

Legal Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET

1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366)

Cleaning Services CLEANING Lady, 25yrs exp., quality work, one time, wkly, biwkly. Exc ref’s.250-470-9629

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

Concrete & Placing For all your concrete services Cold weather concreting, repairs & Poxy coatings. Call now for a free estimate Check out our website Free Estimates. Government Certified. 250-451-6944

Contractors KSK Framing & Foundations. Quality workmanship at reas rates. Free est 250-979-8948 WENINGER CONST. Family company commited to Kelowna & Big White. 250-765-6898

Countertops REFACE Countertops. 1/2 the Cost of Replacing. Granite & Corian Designs. 470-2235.

Drywall Quality Taping & Ceiling Texture Small - Med. jobs. 23yrs Exp. Call Jeff 250-869-9583

Electrical A&S ELECTRIC. Resid/Comm Wiring. New constr, renov. & service changes. lic’d & bonded. Steve 864-2099 (cont #90929)

Floor Refinishing/ Installations ACCREDITED Strong Roots Flooring Inc. BBB Lic’d & Ins’d. Floor Refinishing, supply and install of flooring & custom wood products. Rick 250-8087668 or

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

Handypersons NEED a hand inside or out from painting to yard work. 250-215-1712, 250-768-5032

Heat, Air, Refrig.

IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161.

SOMMERFELD Heating. Replace/install AC’s, heat pumps fireplaces etc. Lic’d. 215-6767

Floor Refinishing/ Installations

Floor Refinishing/ Installations

Professional Sanding & Finishing. Dustless Sanding System. Supply & Install of all ly ral atu 250-470-7406 N The Best types of Hardwood.



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Pets & Livestock

Home Improvements

Moving & Storage

Swimming Pools/ Hot Tubs

Feed & Hay


#1 Family Movers. Moving & Deliveries. $49/hr+up. Guaranteed best rate. (778)-363-0127 AAA Best Rates Moving $59+. FLAT Rates long dist. Weekly trips BC/AB. 250-861-3400 FAMILY Movers. Moving? Anything, anywhere. Local and long distance trips. 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

Rubbish Removal

OLD SCHOOL Construction. Interior renovation specialist. Done right the first time. Lic & ins. Sen. discount. Cory Doell 250-862-7094

800 lb round bales: this years grass hay $50./bale, last years grass hay $25./bale. Shavings & Sawdust available 250-804-6720

BLACK Lab Pups. CKC reg. Sire Field Trial Champ. Can view both parents working. First shots & vet check. 6 wks. Ready to go Jan. 13. 2 Fem. 2 Males left. $900. 250-7664097 CKC Registered Black Lab Puppies for sale. Champion bloodlines in show and hunting. Ready to go February 1st. Call 250-448-4630 or email:

Home Repairs High Caliber Construction. All home & office reno’s. No job too big or small. 250-864-0771 LARRY’S Handyman & Reno Serv., Lg. & Sm. jobs, Graffitti Removal etc., 250-718-8879

CALL COR’S PAINTING. On time, on budget. Neat & tidy. Focus on repaints. Lic & ins. Senior discount. Cory Doell 250-768-8439


HAULS FROM $39.99 & UP &



BAYSIDE Plumbing & Gas Fitting Service. Qualified, reliable & Bonded. 250-317-2279


DREGER MECH. Plumbing, Gasfitting, comm/res & reno, ins’d, 24hr. Call 250-575-5878.



SNOW Removal, sanding, comm.lots/acreage.Tremblay’s Excavating. 250-979-8033

Machining & Metal Work

Painting & Decorating

Rubbish Removal


GET BENT Metal Fab, fences, gates, railings, security bars,

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

#1 AAA Junk Removal. Anything,Anytime,Anywhere! Construction/Appls. 250-469-3275

KELOWNA DECK & RAIL. Vinyl, Mod. Flooring, Alum., GlassTopless/Picket878-2483.

HOT TUBS: Clearance 2011 H2O Spas 250-769-4910 Coming soon: Quality Hot Tubs from $3500. Check them out at

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

Tree Services NOW is the best time to prune or remove fruit trees or elms, Blue Jay Lawn Care 575-4574

Pets & Livestock

HAY FOR SALE; Grass or Grass Alfalfa mix, Round bales $70 each, approx. 800lbs. Large square bales, 3x3x8, $160/ton. Delivery avail. on larger orders. 250838-6630 *HAY-SALES-GUARANTEED Quality Grass, Alfalfa, Mixed square bales, round bales & Silage bales. Delivery avail. (250)804-6081,(250)833-6763.

Merchandise for Sale

$100 & Under

McLeery Ranch, Alfalfa/Alfalfa Grass $7., Haylage $45., Dry Rounds $50., Feeder Hay $25. 1- 250-546-0420

OLDER Model Maytag Dishwasher. Black front. Works great $100 250-763-6458 ONEIDA Cutlery, Lousinana Pattern. 40 piece set. $65 obo Nearly New. (778)478-1919

Sales & Service Directory COUNTERTOPS

CONTRACTORS Licensed & Insured



starting at

765-6898 In business since 1989

DRYWALL Quality Taping & Ceiling Texture Small - Med jobs, 23 yrs. exp. Free Estimates. Call Jeff 250-869-9583 250-868-1075

1630 Innovation Dr. Kelowna, BC V1V 2Y5 P 250.765.3004 | F 250.491.1773


Natural Stone Surfaces All One Piece Laminate

Visit our showroom at THE AIRPORT BUSINESS PARK Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm Family owned & operated for over 40 years





A & S Electric



Residential & Commercial Wiring, New Construction, Renovations & Service Changes. Complete telephone & data cabling services, Prompt quality service. Licensed & Bonded Call Steve 250-864-2099 (cont#90929)

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

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


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

BBB lic’d & Ins’d. Floor refinishing, supply and install of flooring & custom wood products. Rick 250-808-7668 or


Replace existing & install new furnaces, AC’s, heat pumps & fireplaces. Licensed.

Local or Long Distance Polite & Professional

Ph: 250-869-0697 Cell 250-470-9498

Local, Long Distance Anything, Anytime, Anywhere Weekly to Vancouver & Alberta $49/hr + Up Lowest Rates Guaranteed



OVERHEAD DOORS We install, service, & repair all makes of doors & openers. FREE ESTIMATES • INSURANCE CLAIMS Call for appointment







• Kitchen Remodels • Painting • Plumbing

• Electrical • Tile Work • To-Do Lists • Much More

Canadian Homebuilders Association

Kelowna • 250-717-5500


Artistic Ceramics.

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

Call 250-870-1009




1x1 size boxed ad


With Perks Like: A 3 line word ad & 1 featured sized at 3x4


Senior’s Specials Experience & Quality New Homes & Repaints Ceilings Bondable. Insurance Work Call Terry

250-863-9830 or 250-768-1098



• Bath Remodels • Decks • Drywall

Introductory Price First Month





Reach 50,000 Homes Daily

Wayne 250-215-6767


North End Moving AAA Services BEST RATE MOVING



MOVING/ STORAGE $59+. FLAT rates for long distance. Weekly trips between BC/AB. Why pay more?

REFACE DON’T REPLACE 1/2 the cost of replacing Corain & Granite Designs. The Green Alternative. PRE-XMAS SPECIAL

Larry’s Handyman

We install, service, & repair all makes of doors & openers. FREE ESTIMATES • INSURANCE CLAIMS Call for appointment

59.00 SF


On select colors only | Installation available


9.95 LF


starting at


Licensed, Bonded & Insured

Independently Owned and Locally Operated

TREE SERVICES NOW is the best time to prune or remove fruit trees or elms. Blue Jay Lawn Care


ANYTHING ANYWHERE ANYTIME JUNK REMOVAL We haul appliances, household waste, furniture, EVERYTHING to the dump!


WELDING METAL FABRICATION LTD. Fences • Gates • Railings • Security Bars • Cargo Racks • Rollcages • Boat Railings & more. Tube Bending Specialists




Bayside Plumbing & Gas Fitting


A DIV. OF BAYSIDE DEVELOPMENT LTD. Qualified, reliable, bonded. Installations, repairs, reno’s - hot water tank, washer, dryer, dishwasher! Over 30 years experience. Call 250-766-5580, 317-2279.

Repair, Replace, Remodel. All Home & Office Reno’s. No Job Too Big or Small

Dan 250-864-0771


Bayside Plumbing & Gas Fitting A DIV. OF BAYSIDE DEVELOPMENT LTD. Qualified, reliable, bonded. Installations, repairs, reno’s - hot water tank, washer, dryer, dishwasher! Over 30 years experience. Call 250-766-5580, 317-2279.

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Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate

Real Estate

Free Items

Misc. for Sale

Apt/Condos for Sale

For Sale By Owner

FREE: Fridge, table & freezer. Call 250-768-4974 You pick up FREE Pick-up of used bicycles that you no longer want. Ok if need repair 604-800-2104



For the month of January all ads in the miscellaneous category will be

1/2 PRICE!

Appliances • Misc for Sale • Farm Equipment • Computer Equipment • Heavy Duty Machinery • Auctions • Tools • Firearms • Jewels/Furs • Building Supplies • Musical Instruments • Garden Equipment • Fruit & Veggies • Medical Supplies • Store Equipment • Sporting Goods • Firewood • Stereo/TV/DVD, etc.


No refunds if cancelled. Must book min. 4 weeks. Cannot be combined with any other special.

Call 250.763.7114 to book

Firewood/Fuel SEASONED Fir & Pine, split & delivered. Call 250-7685081

Furniture OVER Stocked! Big Sale on all Pre-Owned Office Furniture! Large selection of Real Wood Executive Desks & Storage units! Chairs starting at $39.00@Newer Metal Filing Cabinets - 2, 3, & 4 Dr. priced to sell! Visit our Showroom at Total Office Business Furnishings, 420 Banks Rd. Kelowna 250-717-1626 Solid Wood Used Furniture OK Estates Furniture & More 3292 Hwy 97N, Kelowna (1.5 Kms North of McCurdy) 11-5 Tues-Sat (250)-807-7775

CLASSIFIED POLICIES Error Policy While we try to ensure all advertisements appearing in the Kelowna Capital News are placed by reputable businesses with legitimate offers, we do caution our readers to undertake due diligence when answering any advertisement, particularly when the advertiser is asking for monies up front. Refund Policy Our ads are non-refundable when booked for less than 4 weeks (12 issues), when cancelling a 4 week ad you will be refunded in weekly increments only. Refunds not available for 1/2 price promotion.

Misc. Wanted PRIVATE Buyer looking for old coin collections, mint sets & hoards of coins, specialty coins, loose, sets, etc. 250864-3521 WE will Pay 6.5x for silver coins. Can., US. Also buying gold. 778-932-2316

Heavy Duty Machinery JCB Rubber tire, backhoe, double hopper for aggregate with conveyors, 16’ Sander, 30’x24’ Conveyer, 1994 350 diesel Cubevan(250)260-0604 Will pay cash for oversized scrap steel, cats, yarders, saw mill equipment, farm equipment, etc. All insurance in place to work on your property. 250-260-0217

Misc. for Sale

Real Estate Acreage for Sale FSBO 16+ acres, 950’ Similkameen River frontage, power, phone, year around access, all usable land, res class. 3.5 miles S. of border crossing. $99,000 US!!! 509-476-9578

Apt/Condos for Sale

4ft BIRD HOUSES, Tall old barn wood and vintage decorations, some from old mining ghost towns. Prices vary $75-$135, (250)542-0364

MISSION Top Floor Condo - 1 bdrm, 1 bath, 866 sq ft, condo located in a well managed 50+ bldg. Beautiful unit. Close to all amenities. Price: $148,000.00. Call (250) 8616882.

Sporting Goods

Sporting Goods


AFTER SCHOOL Activities Guide Play Soccer! 1 issue $28.56 (+HST) Have Fun! 3 issues $66.00 (+HST) Call Dave 12 issues $192.00 (+HST) @ 250-555-(kick)






per column inch

to register

(Online ad included)

2011 Norco CRR - SL, M, SRAM Red complete group 53/39, Ritchey Bars and Stem, Mavic Elite wheel $3600. 2009 Norco Diabolique II TT Bike, M, Vision Bars, Carbon Seatpost, forks, DuraAce 7800 brakes, shifters, derailleurs, FSA NeoPro Crank 54/42 - $3200 (no wheels) 2005 Cervelo P3K TT Frame only - 51cm, Carbon Fork and Seatpost - $200 Contact 250-462-4441 or

2996 SW Description of vehicle here.

PRICE Contact Info





AREA Description of home here.


for 3 insertions!

( ad included excluding photo)

Crafts for Christmas for Sale Contact Holly at 250-888-8888

CHRISTMAS CORNER Advertise your Christmas Specials! 1 issue $28.56 (+HST) 3 issues $66.00 (+HST) 12 issues $192.00 (+HST)

PRICE Contact Info


Fruit & Vegetables

Only $74.99 (+HST) ( ad included excluding photo)

OVER 1,000,000

PAGE VIEWS each month!

Also, we can place your ad throughout the Interior, Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island

To book your ad call your sales representative at 250-763-7114.

Houses For Sale ******* Where smart sellers meet smart buyers! View Thompson Okanagan properties for sale.// Selling? No Commission. (250) 545-2383 or 1-877-291-7576

Mobile Homes & Parks

Lrg, bright, 2288 sq.ft. 3 bdrm, 3 bth, end unit w/bsmt in 50+ gated community. Incl 5 appls., C/A, C/V, gas F/P, deck, fence, lndscp. Low condo fees, near ammens. 1-1873 Parkview Cr. 250-8611077. Comfree Code 273326. $359,000. Open House: Sat Jan. 7 & Sun. Jan. 8, between 2 & 4.

Apt/Condo for Rent 2-bdrm BELGO AREA, Rutland Rd. S. $900 + hydro, f/s/w/d, NO PETS, on bus rte. 250-491-3345, 250-869-9788

Down payment holding you back from moving into a brand new home? We’ll consider anything of market value on trade for the down payment on 64A McCulloch Heights.S.E. Kelowna. About 15 mins from Orchard Park. $189,900 Tax included. Call Accent Homes 250-769-6614

Free washer /dryer. Factory outlet featuring Can-Am Palm Harbor Homes. Singles starting at $54,500 + Tax. 1500 sq ft. 3bed, 2bath Double section $109,500 + Tax. Includes shipping & handling within Lower B.C. Regions.Show Homes at: 1680 Ross Rd. West Kelowna. Accent Homes 250-769-6614 promo code 31/12/11 VERY CLEAN 2bdrm, 1bath home RV parking, large cul de sac lot in Adult section. $79,900.00 No Tax. Accent Homes (250)-769-6614

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 2BD Condo, 1200sq’, 2car cov’d garage at door, storage. Small pets ok. WD. Chantel Pl. $1075. 250-575-4484 2BDRM 2bth Ground Floor Access with Small Outdoor Patio. 55+ building NP, NS, no children. $890/mo. Bertram and Bernard. Live-in manager Contact Gord (250)860-4056

Houses For Sale

BROCKTON MANOR. 1 & 2 bedrooms. The large, bright units are a short walk to downtown, hospital, beach & shopping. Transit is right outside the door. Please call us at 250-860-5220 CONDO copper sky new 1 bd lakeview, 6 appl, ac, sec park/storg, pool, tennis gym etc non smoker/pets. 250-7690530 FAIRLANE CRT. 2 & 3 bdrms, heat & hot water incl. Located on Lawrence near Gordon, close to downtown & Capri shopping mall. Please call 250-860-4836 LAKEFRONT 1, 2, & 3 bdrm. Fully furn’d. Central. Available. to May From $1290 / 30days. (250)769-4630

MILL CREEK ESTATES. Various floor plans avail. 1, 2 & 3 bdrms within walking distance of the Parkinson rec center, Apple Bowl, Kelowna Golf & Country Club & Spall Plaza. 250-860-4836. WILLOW PARK MANOR. Aurora and Hollywood. 1 & 2 bdrms. Steps away from Willow Park shopping center, transit & the other shops of Rutland. Direct bus route to UBCO. 12-15mins. 250-7633654

Duplex / 4 Plex 2bdrm reno’d, 4 appls, NS. NP. working couple pref’d $1000 + utils. Ref’s req’d. Avail Jan.1 after 6pm 861-1059 2bdrms w/d, yard, 2prking spots. Reno’d. Beautiful area. $900 + utils. Avail Jan. 1 (250)470-0000

Houses For Sale

Only 4 Years old

Fruit & Vegetables

“Local Produce at Your Doorstep” To place an the Kelowna Capital News

The Capital News reaches homes in one week! has


Fresh From the Fields

for 3 insertions!

OVER 150,000

Rutland 2BD, 2bth, spacious top flr, 5appls, extra storage, secure prking, quiet convenient location. $186,500. MLS Charlene Bertrand, Coldwell Banker, 250-870-1870


Graziano Orchards 3455 Rose Rd. East Kelowna Many varieties of apples sold throughout winter, all at 50 cents/lb, Empire Apples sold at special price for large orders. Homemade Apple Pie (250)-860-2644.

Our classified ads are on the net! Check it out at

Gala, Ambrosia, Granny Smith, & Fuji Apples


1980 BYRNS Rd, 250-862-4997. Open Tues-Sat, 9am-4pm, LAST DAY SAT DEC 31

2516 Selkirk Drive, Kelowna Dilworth Mountain

Tommy Award Winner - Contemporary Clean Design, main floor master, lower level finished c/w great in-law suite potential, oversize garage & parking for RV/boat - Best family home in the Okanagan’s #1 neighbourhood Dilworth Mountain Estates. Beautiful home for active professional near UBCO



Call for showing 250-864-4313


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Duplex / 4 Plex

Senior Assisted Living

Auto Financing

Cars - Domestic

Sport Utility Vehicle

Adult Entertainment

3BD, 2bth, 5appl, skylights, carport, near hospital, college, lake, bus & Mission Mall. NS, NP. $1200+utils, ref’s. 250826-7501, 250-763-5225 Available Immediately 4 plex unit 2bdrm + den 1.5 bath st ,fr, Quiet area 610 Katherine Rd near Westside Rd $1000/mo + utils. 250-7690109, 250-878-9970

Misc for Rent 2bdrm suite all appls. Avail now. NS NP 433B Sumac Rd. 250-860-1148. or 317-1864

Modular Homes OKANAGAN Villa. Adult Park, 55 and over. No pets, 1bdrm, $875/mo. Call 250-765-1758

Homes for Rent 2BD Carriage House. Peachland. Full Appart. Furn., Avail till May 16. $980 + utils. (778)214-2647, (778)479-2886 2BD. Upper, $1100 2BD Lower $1000 or All $2000 ac, gas f/p up, 2-car grge, shared heat, Avail now, 250-868-7360 3 bed 2 bath that is close to schools. $1300 + util Pet neg 250-300-7377 for an appt 4BD house, 2bth, Lake Country, $1500. Call 778-483-1247 or 250-863-1102 5Bdrm /bsmt inlaw suite in 1/2 Duplex 2200 sqft.,close to bus hosp lake Lrg yard garden space, $1900 (250)868-9059 or text (250)-863-5164 Beautiful new 4bdrm home, great location in Lake Country. f/p, ensuite bath, a/c. Rent includes utilities, n/s, n/p, $1675. Call anytime. (250)550-4096

CLASSIFIED POLICIES Error Policy While we try to ensure all advertisements appearing in the Kelowna Capital News are placed by reputable businesses with legitimate offers, we do caution our readers to undertake due diligence when answering any advertisement, particularly when the advertiser is asking for monies up front. Refund Policy Our ads are non-refundable when booked for less than 4 weeks (12 issues), when cancelling a 4 week ad you will be refunded in weekly increments only. Refunds not available for 1/2 price promotion. COUNTRY House located in Ellison. $1300/mo on acreage incl appls & utils 3bd, 2bath, detached 2bay gar., lrg sundeck/view, pets allowed downstairs rented to quiet couple. Jan 1, Rob 250-470-2576 LOWER Mission. Spacious, immaculate 3bd, 2.5bth home, $1800/mo. 250-212-5520 UPPER Mission Lakeview. Lovely 3bd, 3bath, + fully finished bsmnt. Pets OK, Avail Jan.1, $2050. 778-577-5007

Office/Retail 191 ASHER ROAD, 1750 sq/ft. Plenty of parking. 250765-9448 HWY 97 North, 1800sq’ of retail, 1500-3300sq’ of indust. & compound. Rutland area. 2000sq’ Retail. 250-765-3295

Rooms for Rent #1 Accesible address. DT area, furn’d, cable, w/d,, quiet, avail immed. 862-9223 #1 Available, Furn’d. Quiet DT area,Int,Cbl/Utils. WD. Wrking/ stdnt/senior $400+ 861-5757 ROOM for rent. High speed int, all utils incl. $500. Call 250-862-4624 RUTLAND N. Utils Incl, One block from bus for UBCO, Student or wrkng, single, $400. 778-753-5088

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe V6

LOVELY, executive, large bd suite, gorgeous lakeviews, balcony, housekeeping, daily meals,$1700. 2 person/$2200. All inclusive. 250-769-0661

CLASSIFIED POLICIES Error Policy While we try to ensure all advertisements appearing in the Kelowna Capital News are placed by reputable businesses with legitimate offers, we do caution our readers to undertake due diligence when answering any advertisement, particularly when the advertiser is asking for monies up front.

Shared Accommodation AVAIL immed. 1bd $460 utils incl. Downtown Hospital Area, Bus Route, 778-478-1316 ROOMMATE wanted from $450. 250-860-8106, 250-7183968

Suites, Lower 1bd 1bth Blk Mnt on acreage, sep ent., carport, built in vacc. 4appl, AC, utils incl, NP, NS. $800+DD. Jan 15. 250-7659083 1BD, avail now. Rutland. Near schools/shops. $650 incl utils. NP. bus route. 250-863-1302. 1BD suite. Up. Mission, bright, quiet, priv entry, laundry,$800 share utils. Pets negot. (250)764-9798 no calls after 9 2BD. Lg., KLO & Gordon, ns, np, nprty’s, $ incl. utils. Cls. to bus rte. 250-763-1275 2 BDRM Suite avail. for rent in Mission. Near school & bus. NP, NS. $900 250-317-3462 2 Bdrm walkout near schools, bus & UBC, F/S, W/D, NS, NP, $900/mo +utilities 250765-9339 360 Wallace Rd. 1bd grnd-lvl bsmt suite, $625 incl utils. Avail immed. 604-758-2206 BRIGHT 2bd, Capri area, gas FP, own lndry, utils incl, cats ok. NS. 250-869-7144 BRIGHT w/o basement suite in peachland, close to lake, 2bd + den, new kitchen, good soundproofing, 5 appl, $850/mo. + 1/2 utils. NS,small pets only. Call (250)878-2193 NEW bright 2 bed suite in Sprinfield area of Rutland. W/D, F/S, dishwasher, microwave, electric fireplace, separate entrance, fenced yard and patio. Close to transit, shopping, schools and parks. N/S N/P, No parties. Damage deposit and references required. $850 per month including gas and electricity. Call 250-8593852. RUTLAND Avail Jan 1. Bright, 2bdrm, No Smoking, Pets Neg, $100/mo incl all utils. (250)491-8230 WEST Kelowna, Avail Jan 1st, large, bright, above ground bachelor suite. Near bus, prefer single, working female. No pets, $600 + DD, utils incl. Share lndry. 769-7286

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Suites, Upper 2bdrm, upper suite, suitable for 2 working adults or students, garage, Rutland area, references required, $950/mo incl. util. 250-545-5559 3 bedrm 2 ba Upper floor of house. Separate laundry, util., and entrance. Large yard and full attached garage. Rutland area close to schools and YMCA. 1350/month + utilities. NP NS Avail Jan 1st or ASAP.. Contact Don at 250 764 8305. COZY, Br, Furn, 1bd, Pand. Shps, LK & Colg, Ns, Resp, Adt, NP, $725/inc. 762-0317 LARGE. Br. 2BD. Near Lakem College, Shops. $865 NS, Resp, NP (250)762-2883 Msg PEACHLAND. Close to lake, spectacular views, 3bdrm, upper level, NS, pets ok. See pics on Castanet. $1050/mo. plus 1/2 utilities. 250-878-2193

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Cody is a medium size canine and has proven to be friendly with other dogs. Their breed is highly intelligent, quick learners and become bored quite easily with repetition. They have lots of energy which in some cases require hours of exercise each day. He would do best in a home with a securely fenced yard. If you have the right environment for Cody, please come down and pay him a visit.

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Marigold is your typical retriever mix. She is loving and friendly, really enjoys belly rubs and playing fetch. She likes going for walks and plays well with other dogs. If you are looking for a sweet, boisterous and fun loving companion, please come down and ask our kennel staff to introduce you.



Silver is an adorable girl. She had nursing kittens when we got her and she truly displayed her loving nature with them. She got along with the dog while in foster care, so that is a good sign. She would love a home where she can run and explore her surroundings and be a social girl with her new family. She also gets along with other felines, so would make an ideal companion for any home. Please come and spend some time with her. Came in as a stray

Baroness was rescued with her kittens from the outside. She is so sweet, a little unsure of her surroundings, but with time and love will come around beautifully (and of course nursing 6 kittens). We feel she would make a great cat for someone who can take the time to shower her with love and affection. If you would like to meet this new mom, please come down to the shelter and ask for a meet and greet. Abandoned


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Tuna is just the SWEETEST little girl! Why anyone would not want her is a mystery to us. She can be a bit shy, but when petting her, she rolls over onto her side for more. Tuna would make an excellent house cat...she loves to be with people and is very quiet. If you would like to meet this gem, please come down and ask for an introduction. Owner surrender

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CUISINE from Jude’s kitchen skinny greens Okay. Over-indulgence is over. An abundance of sweet, salty, fatty foods has left me feeling bloated and I long for simple food with lots of greens and a little lean protein. My first thought is salads, but even they can be too heavy on the dressing side, so watch those dressings and let the ingredients underneath shine through. They’re just an adornment, not the whole meal deal. Second is stir-fried dishes, with just a little lean meat, fish, poultry or tofu and lots of fresh, colourful, crisp veggies. Third is sushi, with its elegant simplicity and cool calm. But, I think the key in all of this is that we need to focus on our portions of vegetables, because they’re far more important in our diet than most of us give them credit for, and should take up much more room on our plates than the starch and protein parts of the meal. Plus, there’s so much you can do with vegetables to make them interesting—not all of which involve a cream sauce. Some of them can even be substituted for the meat as a protein, and you’ll find you are enjoying a vegetarian meal. Try planning on at least one all-vegetable meal a week and just see how much you will enjoy them done up different ways. There are all sorts of legumes that are a great source of protein which you can enjoy with other vegetables for a meal. You can use protein-rich white beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans or lentils as the base for a casserole, in a salad or soup, or as a side dish for lean, nutritious meals. For dessert, think of fresh fruit and fat-free yogurt instead of cake and ice cream. In my book, Jude’s Kitchen, I’ve reduced the fat in most of my recipes and opted for less sugar as well, so you’ll find lots of healthy meal ideas within those 200 recipes. It’s available at Mosaic Books, the B.C. Wine Museum, Calona and Quails' Gate Wineries, Chapters, Discover Wines and wherever books are sold. Oops! I made a typo in a recipe for Potato Pancakes in last week's column. The list of ingredients should include a half-cup of flour.

Caesar & the Bird This is not your pub lunch version, with deep-fried chicken and over-dressed, oily lettuce leaves, but it’s just as good. Actually, it’s much better. There’s far less oil and no egg in the dressing, but you’d really never know. I get the lower fat parmesan cheese too.


1 garlic clove 1 tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil 1 tbsp. (15 ml) lemon juice 2 tsp. (10 ml) water 2 tsp. (10 ml) parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp. (2 ml) Worcestershire sauce 1/4 tsp. (1 ml) dry mustard 2 drops hot sauce sea salt and fresh-ground black pepper boneless cooked chicken anchovy paste romaine lettuce

bits of bacon or pepperoni fresh parmesan cheese croutons Mash and then mince the garlic clove and combine in a small jar or cruet with all remaining dressing ingredients and shake it up well. Barbecue or poach boneless chicken thighs or breasts, or use leftover roast chicken or turkey. Let it cool and slice it into strips. Squeeze a little anchovy paste around your serving bowl. Tear washed and dried romaine lettuce into the bowl and toss well with the dressing. Sprinkle a few finelychopped bits of bacon or pepperoni, a bit of freshly-grated parmesan cheese and a add few low-fat croutons on top. Lay chicken strips alongside. Serves 2-4.


Skinny Scrambled Eggs with Spinach These are great in the nutrition department as well as providing a tasty but lean protein-rich breakfast that will hold you until lunch. You may add finely-diced sweet red peppers or sliced mushrooms too. One advantage of non-stick pans is you can reduce the amount of fat you use in frying, because of the pan surface, but the disadvantage is most don't seem to last. If you are already skinny, go ahead and have bacon or sausages with this along with buttered toast! 2 eggs 1 tbsp. (15 ml) grated parmesan 1/2 tsp. (2 ml) chili flakes pinch fleur de sel fresh ground mixed peppercorns

2 green onions 2-3 c. (500-750 ml) spinach 2 tsp. (10 ml) butter Beat eggs in a small bowl and add parmesan cheese, chili flakes, fleur de sel and pepper. Mince green onions and chop fresh spinach into strips. Melt butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat and saute mushrooms, if using, then begin to wilt spinach in the pan. Add white parts of the green onions, stir and add the green parts, along with red peppers, if using. Pour egg mixture over the vegetables and mix well, stirring gently until just cooked. Don’t overcook. Serves 2.

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

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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