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THE CAPITAL NEWS begins its look back in a two-part series at what made news during the past 12 months of 2009 in the Central Okanagan. A5

THE KELOWNA ROCKETS winning the 2008-09 Western Hockey League title and the UBC Heat collecting the CCAA women’s volleyball championship were two local sports highlights of the past year.

RYAN GLADSTONE is the creative brain behind Monster Theatre, a creative Vancouverbased company touring The Shakespeare Show which makes a performance stop Jan. 13 to 16 in Kelowna.

ALISTAIR WATERS says the seminal event of the past decade, the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S., is still impacting our lives today.




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Boxing Day crowds turned out to shop Alistair Waters ASSISTANT EDITOR

They came, they stood—in some cases for hours in sub-zero degree weather—and then they shopped. While details have yet to be reported, many local stores say the usual Boxing Day shopping madness that has become a tradition in Canada was crazier than usual. After a year like the one the local economy has experienced, the fiscal frenzy and sound of ringing cash registers was welcomed by retailers here. “It was pretty busy. In terms of traffic, it was a very healthy Boxing Day,” said Natalie Walstrom, marketing manager at Kelowna’s Orchard Park Shopping Centre. She said while Boxing Day is always the busiest day of the year, this year it seemed even busier. The shopping centre, the largest between Calgary and Vancouver, was packed on Dec. 26, with parking spaces outside at a premium and space in several stores just as hard to find. Some stores limited the number of people allowed in at any one time and by mid-morning,

many of the stores in the mall had long lines at the cash registers as shoppers grabbed what they could in sales that often featureed discounts of as much as 50 per cent. At the American Eagle clothing store, the line to pay for goods wrapped right around the inside of the store at one point. Across the street at electronics retailer Future Shop, it was a similar scene with large crowds and many people buying what appeared to be the most popular item of the day, large screen television sets. Some store staff said while it did not seem as busy as previous Boxing Days, there were still plenty of people coming in. Back at the mall, Walstrom said the shopping centre’s administration regularly tracks the sale of gift certificates that it sells for use at any of Orchard Park’s 200 retailers and based on those numbers, it appeared the mall would be busy. “Even better than last year,” she said. While many Canadians were expected to

SKATING ON a frozen lake is a Canadian winter tradition that doesn’t always present itself in the moderate Okanagan climate. But this week Duck Lake has frozen over, so out came the skates, sticks and pucks. Mitchell Morgan (left) took his dog Loco for a run across the frozen ice after he and his brother Max (below) were able, with the help of a pair of milk crates, to get their skates laced up.

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Wedding vows take flight at airports Jennifer Smith STAFF REPORTER

Normally when an airport manager sees white, it’s a cause for concern. But this January, likely amid a little of the fluffy stuff, some fog and maybe even some early morning ice, another vision of white will grace the aisles of Kelowna International Airport as one, and possibly two, couples give their marriage vows in the newly renovated terminal. “It will be fun and you know what? It’s a story. So why not keep it that way?” said bride-tobe Bobby Saunders, who figures she’ll enjoy looking back on her slightly wacky wedding in a few years time. Saunders and her fiancé, Wade Stolz, were all set to marry in Mexico early next year when they discovered the string of extra requirements— blood work, a five-day stay and so forth—would significantly add to their bill. She started looking around for a last-minute venue and eventually contacted Jenelle Turpin, with the Kelowna International Airport administrative staff who immediately got on board. “We told all our friends and family and they were like, ‘What? Huh? What do you mean you’re getting married at the airport?’” said Saunders. In truth, there may not be any white dress for this couple, whose flight leaves the terminal at 8 a.m. “I’ll probably be in Lulelemon attire with a veil—maybe,” Saunders said, admitting the dress will be saved for the beach.


NOT EVERYONE might think of an airport as a romantic place for a wedding, but even Kelowna’s airport has proven an ideal setting for one couple and possibly another. The couple plan to keep the exchange informal, so as not to offend friends and family who are flying down for the unofficial ceremony they still plan to hold in Mexico. The wedding in Kelowna will be held on the airport mezzanine, tucked out of the way of other passengers, though close enough to restaurants to grab a morning top-up. “They’re going to bring their minister to the airport and…they will have their ceremony and do their exchange of Tim

bits and toast of Tim Hortons coffee,” said Turpin. It’s an appealing enough idea that the pair figure they may even start a trend. The same day Turpin made the arrangements for Saunders and Stolz, she received a call from a bride and groom with a very small wedding party looking for venue that’s a little out of the ordinary. This second couple has yet to confirm, but if airport I do’s sound out of place, one only has to look a few hours south to see the idea could really

take off. Vancouver International Airport boasts its own airport chaplaincy where Layne Daggett performs ceremonies of a fairly often, according to Alana Lawrence, a VIA spokeswoman. In Los Angeles, layover weddings have become a regular business, with a website outlining packages couples can choose from and, earlier this month, a Texan woman made headlines around the world by showing up at Corpus Christi International Air-

port in her wedding gown to surprise the fiancé with whom she shared a longdistance relationship. Yet even this surprise wedding was no match for Shawna Hodge and Cody Beckwith’s lovestruck tale played out in the Tampa Bay airport last week. Poor weather and holiday travel bedlam cancelled every possible route to bring this soldier home in time to attend his own wedding, leaving his plucky bride stranded first at the altar, then at the airport where she decided to

wait out his cancellations. When Beckwith finally made it home, Hodge was ready and waiting with a minister to read the vows. Their heartwarming story earned them a free honeymoon from a Vietnam veteran who financed a little Christmas cheer to make up for craziness and the funny place they finally tied the knot. Airports actually make rather good wedding chapels, as USA Today reporter Harriet Baskas discovered when she wrote about the seemingly flighty trend in June 2008. “Airports have played an important role in plenty of love stories,” she pointed out. “Many couples meet while working at an airport. Others meet while flying on an airplane or while hanging around at an airport. “Some folks then get engaged or married at the airport because that’s where they fell in love.” A YouTube video of Zachary McNeil and Elaina Clark’s “Best engagement ever” can attest to the truth in her piece. Zachary’s proposal to the lovely Elaina included arming every one of his fellow passengers with a rose to give to the woman whose photo he showed them when they got off his flight. With an armful of red roses, the video shows Elaina agreeing to be his wife. Had the pair needed a wedding planner they might have looked to Amsterdam where Schiphol Airport promotes its “Say Yes and Go” wedding program booking upwards of 50 weddings per year.

U.S. travel delays not having a local impact

The Christmas Day terrorist attack on a plane bound for Detroit is not affecting local travel. Despite tighter restrictions to U.S.-bound flights, Kelowna International Airport spokeswoman Jenelle Turpin said flights have not been delayed. The Kelowna airport has three flights to the U.S. per day, meaning very few of the 4,000 people passing through the airport each day at the peak of the holiday travel season are going to have difficulty. For those who are travelling to the U.S., new restrictions mean all carry-on luggage must be checked. Small purses, laptops, items necessary for infants, medical supports and musical instruments are still allowed to be carried onto the plane. Passengers are advised to check the airport’s website,, for complete updates. U.S.-bound passengers are asked to arrive a full two hours before their flight is scheduled to leave to ensure they make it through extra screening.

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It has been another year filled with achievements and disappointments, tragedies and success in the history of the Central Okanagan. The Capital News begins a two-part look back at the year that was, from January to June.


Jan. 4 Kelowna’s 2009 New Year’s baby was Linden Anthony Mitchell, born at 6:42 a.m. on Jan. 1, at Kelowna General Hospital. He was named after former Vancouver Canuck Trevor Linden because his dad is a big Canucks fan. Local orchardists launched a program to help farmers in developing countries. Jan. 7 The first heavy snow of the year grounded flights at Kelowna International Airport. While Air Canada cancelled flights from smaller centres like Kelowna, WestJet continued to fly. That resulted in Air Canada fielding many complaints. Jan. 9 After another marathon budget deliberation session, Kelowna city councilors set the proposed tax increase for the coming year at 3.35 per cent. The increase included money to hire four more firefighters. Police at Big White were on the look out for a suspect in a string of sexual touchings dating back to late in 2008. By January 2009, there were three reported cases at the ski resort. Jan. 11 A pilot project using a controversial full-body scanner at Kelowna’s airport was wrapped up. The scanner was later removed from the airport’s security checkpoint.


A FEMALE CLERK from the budget car rental store in Kelowna (above left) where two men were shot, is comforted by an unidentified man following the frightening incident that took place in January; Kelowna city councilor Angela Reid (top right) starts a torch relay run from the Rutland Arena complex to a reception at the Ramada Lodge in February; John Taylor, owner of the Wedding Cafe (right), debates with the Pandosy protesters, led by Stacy Fenwick (second from left) outside Kelowna city council chambers in May—the protesters were opposed to a new social housing building being constructed on land that had been used for parking. Candidate Nicole Bullock dropped out of the race to win the Liberal nomination to succeed outgoing MLA Sindi Hawkins in KelownaMission. An economic round table showed local businesses were already feeling the impact of the worldwide economic

slowdown. Jan. 14 Members of the Kelowna Sikh temples said they were shocked by news of the arrest of a local Sikh preacher accused of sex offences involving a minor. Lakhwinder Singh, 29 was charged with sexual exploitation, sexual interference and

two counts of sexual assault involving a girl who was 16 at the time the charges were laid. Arsonists, believed to be responsible for a rash of fires in Kelowna, not only taxed the local fire department’s resources but threatened lives, said police. The RCMP appealed for information

after several fires were started over a three-hour period in the early hours of the morning. Vandals smashed up a camp for disabled kids in Lake Country. Damage to Camp Winfield included a destroyed kitchen area and thousands of dollars worth of damage throughout the rest of the camp.

The H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre was unveiled as the name for Kelowna’s new aquatic centre.

JAN. 16 Icy road’s led to an accident that took the life of a 63-year-old Kelowna man, the first traffic fatality in the city in 2009. The accident took place at the

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Honours for two local principals 2009 from A5 be prior to development of the Kelowna Yacht Club, Memorial Arena, the Kelowna Museum and the soon-to-be built Jim Stuart Park. Jan. 18 Local pioneer orchardist Fred Marshall died at age 86 after a brief illness. Police found the body of a homeless man who was staying at the Inn From The Cold shelter in Kelowna. Foul play was not suspected. Jan 21 A huge immature bald eagle was released

into the wild in Winfield by the Kelowna SPCA after the raptor was found frozen from lying in the snow after it ate something “really rotten.” Local Conservative MP Ron Cannan hailed the election of new U.S. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, as “very positive for Canada.” Two local high school principals were heralded as outstanding in their field by a national organization. Rick Oliver, of Rutland Senior Secondary, and Randy Horne, of Okanagan-Mission Secondary, were among 31 principals in Canada

chosen for distinction. Jan. 23 Kelowna trucking company Glencoe Transports closed its doors after 37 years in business, a victim of the economic slowdown. The closure, to take effect May 31, threw 184 people out of work. The B.C. Utilities Commission approved a plan to build a new hydro substation in the Benvoulin area, north of the Kelowna and District Fish and Game Club’s rifle range. The new head of the RCMP, William Elliot, came to Kelowna and said he is in favour of in-

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dependent investigations of RCMP actions. Jan 25 Despite opposition from teachers, the Central Okanagan Board of Education said it planned to proceed with controversial Foundation Skills Testing of Grade 4 and 7 students here. Jan. 28 A shooting at a Kelowna car rental outlet was blamed on gang fighting, said police. A member of the Independent Soldiers gang was shot at the Budget Car and Truck Rental office at Highway 97 and Enterprise Way around 11:30 a.m. on a Monday. The federal budget, complete with “stimulus” spending, received a mixed reaction from local business. Despite a plea from students, the Okanagan College board proceeded with its plan to raise tuition rates as it grappled with a $1-million budget shortfall. Plans for a community court in Kelowna were raised during a presentation to city council by RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon. Utility rates in Kelowna were raised 4.6 per cent by the city. Plans for a concert by Rod Stewart at Heartland Ranch in the Joe RichEllison area stirred public debate. After locals opposed the event, it was moved to Kelowna’s City


AN IMMATURE bald eagle, held by Ken Fujino of the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls, was released back into the wild in January at the south end of Wood Lake after a short stay at the rehab centre. Park. Jan 30 The annual Wendy’s Dreamlift Day raised $89,000 to send children with disabilities to Disneyland for the day, later in the year. House prices place Kelowna as the 19th most unaffordable city in the world according to the Demographica International Housing Affordability Survey. The survey looked at 265 markets in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S.

FEBRUARY Feb.1 The B.C. cabinet approved the name West Kelowna for the 14month-old municipality

originally known as Westside. The approval came after the municipality’s residents chose the name in a close vote in November 2008. A 23-year-old Kelowna man, Hai “Danny” Nghiem was sent to jail after being convicted of sexually assaulting young girls in Kelowna school cloakrooms. Feb.4 The annual B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association convention was a surprisingly quiet affair in Penticton, described as a gathering with plenty of smoke but little fire. Two people in a small Cessna aircraft walked away unhurt after their plane crashed after landing at the Kelowna airport.

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Automated trash pick-up became a reality throughout the Central Okanagan. Feb. 6 Local teachers reluctantly agreed to administer provincial Foundation Skills Assessments tests after a B.C. Labour relations board ruling ordered them to do so. A video billboard located at the top of Bridge Hill on the west side of Okanagan Lake, on WFN land, continued to raise controversy with some companies pulling their advertising from it after a public backlash. Local television station CHBC was put up for sale by owner CanWest Global. In the end the station was not sold and was rebranded as Global Kelowna. The city was advised to go back to shooting wild rabbits after it received news that sympathetic office workers in the Enterprise Way area were springing the longeared, furry creatures from traps and setting them free. Feb. 8 The grieving mother and grandmother of a woman and child murdered in their Highway 33 home in December started The Ayden Project— named after her grandson—to help bring more daycare spaces to the

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A TOLKO SCOW pulls the last section of the old Okanagan Lake Floating Bridge under the new Bennett Bridge in February. The bridge section was being taken to the Bear Creek graving yards on the west side of Okanagan Lake to be dismantled. Kelowna was named one of six solar cities in B.C. designated by the province to drive the solar agenda. Feb. 22 B.C. Finance Minister Colin Hansen came to Kelowna after introducing his provincial budget and said he was counting on a “bounce” from the upcoming Olympics in Feb. 2010 to carry B.C. through the tough economic times. The inauguration of new U.S. President Barack Obama had a local connection. Wine from Quails’ Gate Winery in West Kelowna was shipped to the U.S. capital to be served at one of the inaugural balls. Feb. 25 A sustainable communities conference in Kelowna was told more needs to be done if sustainable business practices are to become a reality. Police reported that auto theft rose in Kelowna in the preceding year, during the annual statistics report to Kelowna council.

Feb. 27 Provincial anti-gang legislation was welcomed in Kelowna and described as a good start. The city was urged to adopt “green growth” at the sustainable cities conference in Kelowna. Tish Lakes won the provincial NDP nomination in the new riding of Kelowna-Westside for the upcoming B.C. election slated for May.

MARCH March 1 West Kelowna politicians called for a back-up power source in light of an incident four months earlier that left hundreds of West Kelowna Estates residents without power for 36 hours after a cold snap adversely affected power lines. The downturn in the economy was reflected by the cancellation of the Council of Forest Industry’s convention set for Kelowna. March 4 RCMP bomb squad officers were called in to deal with a package of See 2009 A8

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merce the bar needs to be raised for developers in the city in order to improve local developments. March 8 A 23-year-old Lake Country woman, Leena Cumming, was killed after losing control of the car she was driving on Highway 97 near Beaver Lake Road. Hungarians Norbert Pozsonyi and Aliz Totivan won the annual Spaghetti Bridge Building contest at Okanagan College. Their bridge stood up to 443 kilograms of pressure. March 13 Plans for a new health centre in Westbank moved ahead after the Interior Health Authority signed off the plan and passed it to the province for final approval. A piece of Central Okanagan history floated away as the last major piece of the old floating bridge, the metal lift span, was removed. Kelowna Minor Hockey asked for the resignation of its president Luis Diaz following infighting. March 15 The province announced $27 million to fast-track the arrival of cardiac care at Kelowna General Hospital. Later in the year, it was announced angioplasties were being done at the hospital months ahead of schedule. West Kelowna Coun. Carol Zanon announced she would step down as chairwoman of the Westbank Irrigation Board. Parking fees at Kelowna’s airport were changed with 15-minute parking made free but other rates increased. March 18 Local fruit growers worried about crop damage from the very cold weather. Local MLA Rick Thorpe waded into the dispute between houseboat owners, residents and the municipality in the Gelatley Bay area. March 20 Unionized staff at the Dorchester retirement residences agree to a three-year contract which ended a bitter six-week strike. The yes and no campaigns for the upcoming referendum on voting reform in B.C. started to stake out their positions and gathering support. Westside-Kelowna Liberal candidate Ben Stewart was the first candidate to open his campaign office. March 22 Last minute prepara-

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April 1 Cuts had to be made to balance this year’s Central Okanagan School District budget. Revenue was forecast to be $3 million short. April 3 The Westside Community Food Bank bought a new home in a residential area near downtown Westbank. Paramedics went on strike, but maintained essential services. They

Roberts, a paramedic on strike. B.C. paramedics who were not working were walking the picket line across the province. were looking for a better deal for part-timers and a longer-term, more-stable contract. The province and City of Kelowna announced a $23.5-million 4.2 kilometre-long road widening plan for Highway 33. April 5 Work on an interchange at the corner of Westside Road and Highway 97 was set to begin in

the spring. April 8 The RCMP green team busted 25 marijuana grow operations in five weeks, some of which were connected to organized crime. Kelowna received $39 million for four transportation projects, including Highway 33 widening, multi-use pathways and sidewalks, upgrading on Gordon

Drive and widening of Highway 97. April 10 A treasure hunt clue mistaken for a bomb, closed Parkinson Rec Centre’s sports fields and brought out the bomb squad. A new online fishing licence system was overloaded by volume at the beginning of the season, so free fishing was offered for two weeks.

and charged with firearms offences. April 24 Candidates running in the May 14 provincial election face the electorate at all-candidates forums. April 26 Peachland made a year’s worth of plans to celebrate its centennial, from parades to presentations. April 29 Interior Health began making plans to prepare for a possible outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which can be fatal.

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of Education closed a Vernon elementary school for over a week. Homelessness and poverty took centre stage when the Poverty and Homelessness Action Team presented a report stating the Central Okanagan faced serious challenges in all areas of poverty—health care, child care, income levels, nutrition. The subject of child poverty also arose at an all-candidates meeting when Conservative candidate Peter Neville suggested those more likely to live in poverty—single mothers—should have the option of adopting out their children, a statement that drew widespread reaction. May 3 Tough economic times continue to have an impact on future genSee 2009 A10

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tions were put in place for the official opening of Kelowna’s new H2O Aquatic and Fitness Centre in the Mission. It was slated to open March 31. March 25 Kelowna-Mission MLA Sindi Hawkins suffers a setback in her very public fight with leukemia. After a recurrence, Premier Gordon Campbell announced Hawkins was undergoing treatment again. The Westbank First Nation said it will not change its name despite the municipality changing its name to West Kelowna. Kelowna council announced it would hire a coordinator to lead the fight against graffiti. The regional district nixed plans for guided ATV tours on the Westside on Crown land. March 27 Layoffs were announced at the Tolko veneer plant in Kelowna as the world-wide recession hit the lumber industry. West Kelowna council limited its annual property tax increase to two per cent. The NDP picked Tisha Kalamanovich (Kelowna-Mission) and Matthew Reed (Kelowna-Lake Country) as its candidates in the upcoming B.C. election. March 28 A 70-year-old icefisherman dies after falling through the ice on Wood Lake and drowning. The Responsible Animal Care Society was handed the job of dealing with wild rabbit control in Kelowna as the city entered into the last year of its plan to eradicate the rabbits. A high-tech business “incubator” was opened in Kelowna. ORIC was expected to help small, start-up, high-tech business get off the ground, It was located in the former Telus building downtown.

Power substation is opposed for the entrance to the Quail Ridge neighbourhood. April 12 The Central Okanagan unemployment rate continued to rise, up to 7.9 per cent up from 5.1 per cent over last year. April 15 Half the normal amount of inflow to Okanagan Lake forecast because of significantly less snow over the winter. A driver street-racing on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna was killed. April 17 Students may have to pay $200 a year to ride the school bus as part of cuts required to shave $3 million off the school district’s budget. April 19 City of Kelowna reconsidered spending $35,000 on a feasibility study into use of the old bridge pontoons for a pier downtown. April 22 A $175-million destination marina project, complete with hotel, floating restaurant, shops and an organic vineyard was proposed for waterfront property on Westside Road. Police surrounded a West Kelowna home after a man fired a couple of shots outside the home. He was finally arrested

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Liberals sweep three local ridings in provincial election 2009 from A9 erations as School District 23 looked for ways to trim $3 million from its 2009-2010 budget. Superintendent Mike Roberts predicted this scenario would repeat itself for at least the next three years. May 6 Thanks to Kelowna’s new H20 aquatic centre and other capital projects, homeowners were advised that their municipal tax bill would go up by 3.49 per cent on average, and to expect an increase of 6.1 per cent on their overall property tax bill. Yard waste woes began to mount as the automated curbside waste pickup service become established in Kelowna. For many residents, especially those with larger properties, all of their spring yard waste would not fit into the yard waste container. In the past, six pickups of unlimited bags of yard waste were provided every year. Under the new system there will be 19 pickups per year, but only one cart load per pickup. However, arrangements could be

made to have additional waste picked up at a cost of $2.50 per bag. Chrysler dealers in Kelowna predicted a bright future after President Barack Obama announced a deal for restructuring of Chrysler in the U.S. The deal involved Fiat taking control of Chrysler, backed by concessions from manufacturing plant workers, and loans from U.S. and Canadian governments. Dean McAuley, who owns Okanagan Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Kelowna, stated that he felt the restructuring deal would reduce the costs for manufacturing new Chrysler models, and those benefits would be passed on to consumers. Three first-place awards were brought home by a team of students from the Okanagan College School of Business at the Intercollegiate Business Strategy Competition held in San Diego. The foursome (Cindy Rephin, Jason Bosscher, Ryan Rotariu and Qu (Richard) Ming Qu) earned their honours in financial performance,


BEN STEWART celebrated winning a provincial seat for the Liberals in the new riding of Westside-Kelowna in the May provincial election. business reports, and top stock market performance. The team’s stellar performance continued the strong tradition of excellence in competition that Okanagan College School of Business built its reputation on. May 8

Just days before election day, chief electoral officer Harry Neufeld encouraged B.C.’s electorate to get out and cast their ballots, citing voter turnout numbers of 70.34 percent in 1983, 55.44 percent in 2001 and 58.19 percent in 2005. Neufeld

was hoping for a record turnout of 62 per cent, which would equate to a grand total of two million voters. Local retired fire chief Gerry Zimmerman faced a downward turn in his health, as he lay unconscious in Kelowna

General Hospital fighting for his life. Zimmerman’s sudden illness was pancreatitus, an inflammation of the pancreas. May 10 Twenty-three students from Okanagan College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team turned heads in Toronto where they competed in the national SIFE entrepreneur program finals for the third time. Competing against teams from 40 of the most well established schools in Canada, including Carleton University, Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto, the Okanagan College team placed among the top five. May 13 It was victory for the B.C. Liberals right across the province, and in particular, the Central Okanagan ridings showed their allegiance by electing Ben Stewart in Westside-Kelowna, Steve Thomson in KelownaMission and Norm Letnick in Kelowna-Lake Country. Irate residents in Poplar Point took a stand against the owner of a

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watercraft named Hope She Floats, who resided on his vessel moored in Sutherland Bay. Said to be surrounded by debris and defecation, officials from the city said there was little they could do, and the provincial environment ministry had no concern about sewage disposal. Area residents fumed, claiming that if this was occurring in another part of the city, it is doubtful the situation would have been allowed to go on. May 15 In an effort to put a stop to mud boggers who camp, party and destroy the natural environment in the area of the Postill Ponds, over the Victoria Day long weekend enforcement officers set up road checks on Postill Lake Forest Service Road. Violators were warned of fines for causing environmental damage as high as $575. Voter apathy was rampant in British Columbia with a record low turnout to the polls of 48 per cent. Among those who cast their ballots, it was overwhelmingly decided to retain the firstpast-the-post electoral system in favor of the single transferable vote. May 17 The federal government’s new Solar Hot Water Heating Program was introduced, providing opportunities for average homeowners to install more affordable solar hot water heating systems. Accessed through rebates from FortisBC, new home developers could tap into a $1,000 grant, while owners of existing homes qualified for a $300 rebate to install the new, green technology. Dirt bikers and residents could rejoice when the B.C. Ministry of Tourism announced that an additional 70 to 90 kilometres of sustainable trails would be created in Westside’s Bear Creek area. With a designated trail network, dirt biking was removed from residential areas, creeks used for drinking water, and logging and cattle operations. After a robbery at a Scotiabank branch in Glenmore in the middle of the afternoon in which the bank manager wrestled with the perpetrator, RCMP arrested two suspects later that day. The 22- and 28-year-old suspects were both from Surrey and it was information See 2009 A11

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in a short period of time in downtown Kelowna— a house fire followed by a dumpster fire at Ellis and Leon, and finally a torched vehicle in a parking lot along Queensway. A video surveillance camera above the parking lot caught the suspect in action, giving police a lead. Kelowna City council narrowly rejected a bid from a local businessman to create a 500-seat night club on the Leon Avenue site formerly occupied by A&B Sound. Ultimately, it was the vision of area residents of revitalizing the area into a safe community that turned the tables against the proposal. May 24 A disabled West Kelowna woman presented a petition with 2,000 signatures to the municipality, in the hope of bringing attention to the need for more affordable housing in her community. She learned they would not be dealing with the issue any time soon. In fact, West Kelowna mayor Doug Findlater advised that building affordable housing was not a priority for 2009.

given to police from witnesses identifying the escape vehicle that led to the arrest. May 20 For anyone interested in watching the construction of the new patient care towers at both Kelowna General and Vernon Jubilee hospitals, skycams were installed. Set to snap the shutter every six minutes, a frame-byframe photo archive was in the works and available for viewing at www. Kelowna hosted the ninth annual E-Spirit National Aboriginal Youth Business Plan awards, culminating 16 weeks of interactive business planning using resources and online mentorship, for 63 teams of Grade 10 to 12 students, representing 30 schools from across Canada. The Business Development Bank of Canada flew the students to the annual awards in a bid to develop entrepreneurial skills in aboriginal youth. May 22 Police looked for an arsonist after three suspicious fires were lit with-

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Good news for Kelowna residents in that the number of crimes against people—homicides, robberies, assaults, sex offenses, spousal assaults and domestic disputes —were down by an average of 23 per cent in the first three months of 2009. May 27 Controversy surrounding the location of a 39-unit supportive housing complex to be erected in the South Pandosy shopping district remained heated as 30 business owners turned out in an effort to stop city council from granting a development permit for the project, threatening legal

action. Kelowna residents were kept abreast on the health of former fire chief Gerry Zimmerman, who was said to be showing signs of improvement, despite remaining in a drug induced coma at Kelowna General Hospital for acute pancreatitis. Mysterious and disturbing cases of dismembered cats in the Rutland area resumed this year as a Rutland man peered over his deck to discover a cat which was cut in half, with the two halves about three feet apart. Police asked the public to contact them with any information concerning the

incident. Summer employment for students looked bleak at the Service Canada Centre for Youth in Kelowna, with 40 job postings and 50 students already signed up, looking for seasonal work. Black Press owner David Black joined the ranks of the province’s most legendary entrepreneurs as he was inducted into the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame. Black’s firm owns 170 newspapers in western Canada and the U.S., including the Capital News. May 29 Considering that

the City of Kelowna spent millions of dollars improving the quality of its tap water, the Central Okanagan Regional District chose to ban bottled water from its board room. On the same night as firefighters were battling a brush fire in the Black Mountain area of Kelowna, a fatality occurred in the same vicinity, as a 41 year old man lost control of his vehicle while driving northbound on Highway 33. Former School District 23 assistant superintendent Hugh Gloster, was appointed as the superintendent to replace

Mike Roberts as of Aug. 1, 2009. The Board of Education decided to give families with more than two school-aged children a price break on the cost of school busing. Backtracking on its previous decision not to offer a family plan, it was deemed that the first two children would pay $200 each to ride the bus, and the next two $100. May 31 Peace and quiet would possibly reign over the waters of Lake Okanagan as fines for operating a boat without a mufSee 2009 A12

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Fintry Queen grounded by debt 2009 from A11 fler were raised from $100 to $250, while fines for operating a boat with a muffler cut-out or bypass not visibly disengaged, jumped from $100 to $500. Promotor Deborah Cameron made public her plans to put on a “monstrous show,” a concert at the Heartland concert site in the Joe Rich area on Aug. 15 featuring Rod Stewart. Ultimately, the regional district nixed the concert, which was then moved to City Park in Kelowna. Tyler Stephens, tagged with the moniker as the Rutland Rapist, pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm, giving closure to his six month reign of terrorizing women in the Rutland area. Stephens, a former running back with the Okanagan Sun football team, was arrested in October 2008.

The first major accident on the W.R. Bennett Bridge occurred at 6:30 p.m. on May 28, when a southbound semi towing two trailers lost control. There were no fatalities, but damage was extensive to all vehicles involved, and traffic was backed up for more than five hours.

JUNE June 3 Contrary to conclusions of a police investigation and a pathologist’s report, the siblings of a 45-year old man who died three days after being beaten in a downtown Kelowna alley, believe their brother’s untimely death would not have occurred had he not been involved in the beating. The pathologist’s report found the man’s death was caused by poor health resulting from his lifestyle. Business owners in Rutland expressed concern that the Salvation Army’s new facility on Rutland Road in the former Valley Lanes location,

was to become a homeless shelter. According to Maj. Les Burrows, the new facility would become home to a thrift store and counselling services, with no permanent residence planned. What was once one of the largest private sector employers on the Westside had become a shadow of its former self as contracts for Northside Industries dried up in the oil, gas and forest industries. Once employing 200 people, Northside was down to 23 after its last round of layoffs. June 5 Things were unusually quiet around the Tolko Mill site in the north end after the 165 remaining workers received temporary layoff notices and only a skeleton crew remained the following week to keep shipping open and do some maintenance. The future of the pontoons from the old Okanagan Lake floating bridge remained in lim-

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THE FINTRY QUEEN wouldn’t be setting sail anytime soon, unless to a new dock, as the City of Kelowna was owed money by the boat’s Alberta-based company owners. was part. June 7 More than 50 people were evacuated from the H20 Aquatic Centre after chlorine leaks triggered alarms. Fire crews responded and found that leaks were contained to a room that housed up to a dozen chlorine tanks. The forest fire rating was at a high level, with city and provincial crews standing by after battling three man-caused fires over a two-day period. June 10 A single lightning strike from a weekend thunderstorm sparked a fire in Myra Bellevue Provincial Park, above the Bellevue Creek trestle, that grew to seven hectares in size in just an hour and a half. The very dry spring was mainly to blame, along with nearrecord heat. June 12 The Central Okanagan was well represented

in the new B.C. cabinet as two of the region’s three MLAs were handed cabinet positions: KelownaMission’s Steve Thomson as agriculture minister and Westside-Kelowna’s Ben Stewart as citizen’s services minister. West Kelowna council is uncertain that it is the right government to tackle the issue of affordable housing. The fledgling municipality suggested that provincial and federal government coffers be tapped to help tackle the issue. June 14 John Slater, former chairman of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, was appointed to cabinet as parliamentary secretary for water supply and allocation to the Minister of Environment, Barry Penner. Construction began on a $6.65-million RCMP detachment in West Kelowna after a ground

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YEAR IN REVIEW 2009 from A13 stance at a local night club. A man was taken into custody in relation to the women’s complaints. June 19 The province’s top cops, led by Kelowna RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon, asked Victoria to make B.C. the fifth province in Canada to ban the use of cell phones by drivers. McKinnon noted studies that show that 50 per cent of the brain is occupied when having a conversation. More hard times befell the Fintry Queen as the boat’s Alberta-based owners were in debt to the City of Kelowna. City representatives stated they were prepared to have the boat moved away from the downtown area if the arrears were not paid. June 21 Arson was suspected in the wee hours of Friday, June 19, in Rutland, as three consecutive fire alarms kept Kelowna Fire Department on the run. Most notable was the razing of a commercial building housing three businesses on Asher Road. Damage estimates were in the $600,000 to $700,000 range. The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission hired an export officer to assist Kelowna business people to either expand or develop their exporting horizons to new markets around the world, particularly the emerging Asian markets. June 24 For the first time in its history, a woman became president of the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association. Leonie Popoff, a member of the board for three years, was elected after former president Luis Diaz was removed from the position partway through his second two-year term. June 26 On the heels of the appointment of Hugh Gloster as superintendent of the Central Okanagan board of education, Terry Beaudry was appointed as new assistant superintenent of schools. Beaudry has a long history with School District 23, as a teacher, vice-principal, principal and most recently director of instruction K-12. Both Beaudry and Gloster assumed their positions July 1. The need for water conservation took on new meaning this year as inflow to Lake Okanagan in the first six months of the year was at the sixth lowest since record-keeping began back in 1921, and was considered worse

than 2003, which was a drought year. After stealing 31 old computer monitors from a West Kelowna home, thieves had a change of heart and returned all but two, with a note of apology, after they discovered

the monitors were destined for schools and hospitals in Africa. June 28 It was determined that the missing tool in the effort to clean up Kelowna streets is a sobering centre, but until provin-

cial funding could be secured, it will not become a reality. A sobering centre would employ health and social professionals providing programs and services to help put people on the path to sobriety. RCMP Supt. Bill

McKinnon concurred by explaining how the detachment repeatedly deals with intoxicated individuals who aren’t getting the intervention they need. There was good news for the fruit growing in-

dustry when it was announced that the federal/ provincial AgriStability program was in the process of moving from Winnipeg to Kelowna. With the administration of the program for B.C. centered in Kelowna, the service to

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NEWS Fatality from A14 with assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard’s hovercraft which also responded. One nearby resident said this is the third crash at the same location in the past five years, and that cars simply go too fast along that section of road. Nearby resident Roy Saris called on the city to erect the same type of traffic-calming measures on the straight and unimpeded stretch of Gilbert Road as it did on No. 3 Road after a similarly tragic crash in recent years. Coun. Derek Dang, chair of the city’s community safety committee, said the city will be investigating whether installing speed bumps on Gilbert Road is an appropriate step to take. He anticipates that the city’s traffic department will be making recommendations at a meeting in the new year. “Obviously, happening once is too much,” Dang said Tuesday. It was in 2008 when a 22-year-old man died after he crashed a black 1997 Chevrolet pick-up into the cement pump house station at the foot of No. 3 Road. Fog was pea-soup thick in other parts of the Lower Mainland on Christmas Eve, but details about the weather conditions in the area at the time of the crash weren’t available. Friends will gather at the Buck ‘N Ear at 4 p.m. on Friday to share memories of the pair, according to a posting on a Facebook memorial page. “Two of the funniest Steveston boys I’ve ever met. Jeff was always smiling and crackin jokes and John was always the quieter one until he had something to say or do that always had me laughing… What a terrible tragedy… The two of you will always be missed. Together may you both rest in peace,” posted Kristin Thora on the Facebook page. Ogden had travelled from Kelowna to Richmond to visit his parents at the Christmas break. He is survived by his mother Sheila, father Robert, and sister Heather. According to an obituary published in the Vancouver Sun, Ogden played hockey, enjoyed snowboarding, was planning to become a helicopter pilot. He was employed with Rutland Auto Glass. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Canuck Place in Ogden’s memory.

Amanda Hill, married to John’s brother J.J., said her brother-in-law was a Steveston High grad in the midst of finishing up an apprenticeship program at the B.C. Institute of Technology. John had spent Christmas Eve with them, and was picked up by a friend around 9 p.m. that day, she said. Hill, 26, worked as the lead hand for Scor-

pion Homes, and his boss, Daniel Beaudry, believes he was being dropped off at Hill’s parent’s home at London Landing at the time of the crash. Hill was an avid outdoorsman who loved to work with his hands, and enjoyed snowboarding, camping, fishing and playing rugby. He always had time for his friends, who asked him to help with home

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s the holiday season ends, the year 2009 is coming to a close as well. Reminiscing about the past year, conversations often turn to the days that lie ahead. More and more often I hear people saying things like “I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions this year. They just get broken.” Statistically, that could be true. But personally, I can’t resist. Firsts have always been big with me because they symbolize a fresh start. I loved the ¿rst day of school, the ¿rst day on the job, the ¿rst day of the month and the ¿rst day of the week.

And the ¿rst day of the year is like the king of ¿rsts. But I recognize that my passion for ¿rsts has come at a price. This comes in the form of falling short on my goals and then waiting for another ¿rst before trying again. After starting a diet on a Monday and then blowing it on a Wednesday, it’s illogical to wait another ¿ve days until it’s Monday again before getting back on track. But I’ve done it, countless times. I’d eat worse than usual until the next Monday rolled around, feeling like even more of failure until I was back on my diet once again. And I’ve blown my ¿rst of the month and ¿rst of the year goals as well, experiencing an even deeper disappointment in myself while waiting an extended period of time before trying again. So I understand the hesitancy people have about making New Year’s resolutions and the reason why they believe they’re just going to get broken. But the way I ¿gure it, failure is potentially part of the process and it’s a poor excuse to stop setting goals. We will all fail sometimes - it’s

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year, we’ll soon be witness to world class athletes who have achieved seemingly impossible goals that most of us could never fathom making or reaching ourselves. But had they never made those goals and learned from their failures, they would never have made it to the Olympics in the ¿rst place. I’m no athlete, I never have been. Yet I’ve always been incredibly impressed with people who are able to decide what they want, focus on how to get it, and never give up on their dreams. Olympic athletes are required to have that mindset and can’t afford to wait for weekly, monthly or yearly “¿rsts” for their fresh starts. To become a champion, every day, every hour and every minute has to be a ¿rst. It was once said that perseverance is not a long race, but many short races, one after another. Failing to accomplish a New Year’s resolution or a new goal is just an event, giving us another opportunity to start a new race. The important thing is to keep our eyes on the prize and go for the gold. Lori Welbourne is a syndicated columnist. You can contact her at


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• Kelowna Rockets players Tyler Myers and Jamie Benn win gold medals as members of Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Calgary. • The Kelowna Rockets acquire two forwards, Ryley Grantham and Ian Duval, in separate trades with the Moose Jaw Warriors. • The Coastal Conference defeats the Interior Conference 13-5 in the BCHL all-star game in Vernon. • Borhan Izadi and Kelsey Gillett win gold medals in the secondary school division at the 2009 edition of the Ogopogo Invitational Wrestling Tournament. • Telemark Cross Country Ski members win 17 of 26 events at the 24th Kelowna Apple Loppet. • The Immaculata Mustangs girls finish second at the B.C. Catholic Basketball Championships in Surrey falling 42-32 to the host Holy Cross Crusaders. • Hayley Pipher of the Liquid Lightning Swim Club wins six events at the 2009 Snowfest Swim Meet. • The Okanagan Sun appoint Tony Lindsay as the BCFC team’s new offensive coordinator. • The Hockey Canada Skills Academy expands its schoolbased hockey program in Kelowna to Okanagan Mission Secondary. • Cambria Little of the Kelowna Skating Club wins the silver medal in the junior women’s event at the Canadian figure skating championships in Saskatoon. • Kelowna’s Bob Ursel, Tyrel Griffith, Rick Folk and Jeff Richard qualify for the B.C. men’s curling championship in Maple Ridge. • Kelowna’s Steve Omischl wins the gold medals at a World Cup men’s aerials event at Ski Mont Gabriel, Que. • Big White Racer Alex Jones records a first and a third-place effort at the Miele B.C. Cup Downhill and Super G at Apex Mountain Resort. • Kelowna’s Matt Wynne, a 17-year-old Central Okanagan Youth Soccer Association referee, wins the B.C. Soccer’s Youth Official Of The Year award.

• West Kelowna’s Mike Bencsik wins the silver medal at the 2009 Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships in Ontario.

FEBRUARY • Kelowna’s Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy sends 18 players—two girls and 16 boys—to the B.C. Winter Games in Mackenzie. • The Kelowna Christian School Knights beat West Point Grey 64-40 in Victoria for their fourth tournament win of the season. • Curtis Gerein wins three gold medals out of a total of 14 medals for the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre at a provincial tumbling and trampoline meet in Langley. • Kelowna’s blind curling team claimed its fifth straight national championship at the Canadian blind curling championship in Ottawa. Skip Dean Martell third Sandy Neddow, second Frank Costello and lead Bob Comba are the rink members. • Katherine Dunlop leads the Kelowna Aqua Jets with three first-place finishes at the Kamloops Valentines Splash Swim Meet. • West Kelowna brothers Jasper, Ben and Carson MacKenzie qualify for the National Cadet Biathlon championships in Quebec. • Kelowna’s Rick Folk reached the playoffs at the B.C. men’s curling championship in Maple Ridge before being eliminated by Jay Peachy. • Steve Omischl wins his third straight World Cup aerials title. • Kelowna AquaJets swimmer Kierra Smith wins a silver medal in the 15-and-under 200 metre breaststroke at the Western Canadian Championships in Edmonton. • The Kelowna Ice Dragons and the Kelowna Rebels win gold medals in their respective divisions at the 19th annual Sweetheart Ringette Tournament. • The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer squad hires Justin Boersma and Morgan Marrs as its co-coaches for the 2009 BCCAA campaign. • Kelowna Skating Club member Jayda Jurome, 11, wins a silver medal in the juvenile women’s event at the 2009 Skate Can-

ada Junior Nationals in Calgary. • The Kelowna midget tier 1 Rockets beat Kamloops to win the Okanagan Mainline league title. • Westside Warriors’ blue liner Justin Schultz is named the top defenseman in the BCHL Interior Conference. • UBC Okanagan’s Alex Basso and Nate Speijer are named rookies of the year in BCCAA women’s and men’s volleyball, respectively. Steve Manuel of the Heat women’s team is named coach of the year. • Kelowna track and field athletes Elisa, Adele and Keefer Joyce, Aaron Stroda, Nikayla Gabriel, Natasha Agar, and Rostam Turner win gold medals the Kamloops Indoor Championships.


• The UBC Okanagan Heat win gold at the BCCAA women’s volleyball championship in Abbotsford beating the VIU Mariners 3-0. • Telemark’s Gareth Williams wins up a pair of gold medals at the B.C. midget cross country ski championships at Whistler Olympic Park. • Rachelle Briscoe of the UBCO Okanagan Heat is named the BCCAA’s rookie of the year in women’s basketball. • Kelowna product Chad Folk announces his retirement from football after 12 years in the CFL. • Kelowna’s Marisa Field helps the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds to their second consecutive Canadian university championship in women’s volleyball. • Kelowna’s Robyn Buna scores 20 points to lead the Simon Fraser Clan to a 68-62 win over the Regina Cougars in the CIS national women’s basketball final. • Former Okanagan Sun head coach Jay Christensen is named head coach for the B.C. Football Conference. • The Kelowna Secondary School Owls finish fourth at the B.C. girls AAA provincial basketball championship. • Forward Jamie Benn is named the Kelowna Rockets team MVP for 2008-09.

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A tradition of winning already well-established, the Kelowna Rockets added yet another championship to their growing collection in 2009. Led by the likes of soon-to-be NHLers Jamie Benn and Tyler Myers, the Rockets captured their third Western Hockey League title in seven seasons, knocking off the Calgary Hitmen in six

games in the final. On a memorable April night, before a sellout crowd at Prospera Place, defenceman Tyson Barrie scored in overtime to give the Rockets a 3-2 win over Calgary and a trip to the Memorial Cup. “I can’t say how bad, me personally, and all the guys wanted to win,” said Barrie. “Calgary gave it a real good push there the last couple of games, this was a heck of a game too,

and we showed some resiliency and got it done in front of the hometown fans, so it was great.” The Rockets’ ascent to the WHL championship didn’t come without change as several new faces were integrated into the lineup. Mikael Backlund, Ian Duval, Mark Guggenberger and Ryley Grantham all joined the club past the midway mark of the season, presenting the coaching staff with the task of

molding a cohesive unit. With 47 wins in the regular season, and successive playoff wins over Kamloops, Tri-City, Vancouver and Calgary, the revamping experiment had clearly worked. “The coaches did a great job of bringing these guys together and getting them to pull in the same direction,” said Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton. “This is a very speSee Rockets A22


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winning point at the CCAA national womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball championship in March in North Bay, Ont.

â&#x20AC;˘ Hometown favourites Luke Friesen and Curtis Gerein of the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre win two gold medals each at the 2009 edition of the Elite Canada trampoline and tumbling competition in Kelowna. â&#x20AC;˘ The Westside Warriors are eliminated from the BCHL playoff in five games by the Salmon Arm SilverBacks. â&#x20AC;˘ Kelowna Pepsi Rockets win their second straight B.C. bantam tier 12 girls provincial title with a 5-4 victory over the North Shore Avalanche. â&#x20AC;˘ Kelowna Rockets centre Colin Long is named the WHLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Western Conference nominee for the most sportsmanlike player of the year award. â&#x20AC;˘ Kelownaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kelsey Serwa finishes third overall in the World Cup standings in her rookie season in the sport of ski cross. Serwa later wins the Canadian ski cross championship in Calgary. â&#x20AC;˘ The Kelowna Speed Skating Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jesse Keca takes the overall juvenile female title with three first-place finishes and one second place at the See Review A23



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After years of knocking on the door, the UBC Okanagan womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball program finally broke through in 2009. The Heat secured the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first ever national title in any sport by capturing the gold medal at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball championship in March in North Bay, Ont. The No. 1 ranked B.C. champs were taken to the limit in the final by No. 6 Grand McEwen Colrlege of Edmonton before emerging with a dramatic five-set win, including 1511 in the final game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We set our goals to win two gold medals (B.C.

and Canadian) at the start of the year, so to come out and do that, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nothing more satisfying,â&#x20AC;? said co-captain Sheila McNee, who was named the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MVP in her final season with the Heat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew we had all the components to go all the way and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just thrilled to have done it.â&#x20AC;? Still, national gold didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come easily as the Heat fell behind two sets to one in the final before calling on their experience and resolve to get the job done. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had the jitters and came out a little tight to start the final,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Steve Manuel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we fought back and there was absolutely no quit in our girls. You saw the determination in their faces. There was no




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On the steeps balance against the outside ski comes from a strong turning effort with the lower body. If you’re too active with your shoulders, especially at the beginning of the turn, then you’re going to throw most of your weight onto your uphill or inside ski. Next time you’re in the steeps try this, as it’s been mentioned a good turning effort from the legs is the best way to start but when you finish see if you can end up with your chin over top of your downhill or outside foot. This will really help with edge grip and it will also make the start of the next turn a bit easier. A good way to feel this is to try it in a couple of stops first. For that pure carving feeling on the groomers you need to think like you’re riding a bike. If you’re headed down a hill on your bike and you want to make a turn at the bottom what would you do with the pedals? If you don’t want the inside one to hit the ground as you corner you’d lift it up and shift your weight to the one on the outside of the turn, right? Then if you wanted to make another turn in the other direction you’d shift the pedals the other way. Same sort of thing on skis, at the end of the turn try to feel like your inside ski is much lighter than the outside one, in between the turns the weight is pretty much equal on both feet then as you enter the next turn the weight shifts to the outside ski again. Get that happening with a bit of rhythm and you’ll be carving clean arcs in no time!

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guys did what they had to do. I think the experience of last year’s provincials carried us in the end.” Knights guard Colby Maier was named the tourney’s MVP. Immaculata rebounded from a disappointing final-game loss a year earlier to win the 2009 B.C. girls A title with a 54-43 win over Unity Christian in the final in Keremeos. Graduating captain and guard Laura Gini scored 23 points in the final and was named the tournament’s valuable player. “Losing just wasn’t an option,” said Gini, who had 15 three-pointers during the provincial tournament. “Those of us who went through that last year weren’t going to end up having the same feeling again. We were really motivated, we came out hard and we did what we had

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The Immaculata Mustangs were the queens of B.C. girls A high school soccer for the third year in a row. The Mustangs made amends for losing the Okanagan Valley title weeks earlier to Kelowna Christian by beating the Knights 2-0 in the final played in Nakusp. Immaculata survived some tough opposition on the way to the final, beating J.V. Humphries 5-0, losing in a shootout to the Southridge Storm, beating Glenlyon Norfolk 3-1, and defeating St. John Brebeuf in overtime in the semifinal. “This was the hardest possible route for the Mustangs to take, as they had to play the second, third, fourth and fifthplace place finishers on their way to the championship, but were able to dig deep to get there,” said head coach Paul Freire.

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Thanks to the Kelowna Christian Knights and Immaculata Mustangs, Kelowna was basketball’s version of the City of Champions in 2009. KCS captured the provincial boys A high school championship for the second straight time, while the Mustangs secured the girls A basketball title for the fifth time in seven years. The heavily-favoured Knights—who didn’t lose to an A-level opponent all season— faced their toughest test of the year in the B.C. final in Abbotsford, holding off West Point Grey Academy for a 67-59 win. “They came ready to play us and we were dodging bullets for 40 minutes,” said Knights head coach Gib Hinz. “There was a moment there where I thought I’d better start preparing my silver medal speech. But the

good job of making sure it worked.” The Rockets hoped their prosperity would carry over to the Memorial Cup in Rimouski and, for a time, it did as Kelowna won all three of its round-robin games to advance to the final. But Kelowna would come up short in the championship game, losing 4-1 to the Windsor Spitfires. Meanwhile, the Rockets long-standing reputation of supplying National Hockey League teams with talent continued in 2009. Jamie Benn made the Dallas Stars, while Tyler Myers suited up as a rookie for the Buffalo Sabres.

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Heat men mine gold in provincial collegiate basketball

The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s fbasketball squad went into the 2009 BCCAA men’s basketball final as the overwhelming underdogs. They emerged as the undisputed champs. The Heat captured the provincial title on a memorable spring night in North Vancouver with an unexpected 66-60 win over the previously un-

defeated Vancouver Island University Mariners. Tournament MVP Ryan Fahandeg led the way with 21 points as the Heat survived a gruelling schedule at Capilano College with three wins in as many days, while VIU enjoyed a firstround bye. “We went in there having to play three games in three days, and even if

we did make the final, would we have the energy left to beat a tough team like VIU?” said Heat head coach Darren Semeniuk. “Somehow the guys found a way to do it. It was an amazing effort.” Jon Zaleski and Steve Morrison were named to the first all-star team as the Heat overcame a close call in the semifinal, beating Langara 69-67

a night earlier. The Heat roster featured seven first-year players, and not one returning starter from the 2008 B.C. silver-medal winning team. In the end coach Semeniuk said his team’s desire and work ethic won out. “I think the guys saw what it takes to win, it doesn’t take spectacular

plays or super talented athletes…what it takes is a willingness to dvo what’s necessary to win,” said Semeniuk. “The guys all figured out it wasn’t just talent or the best athletes that win.” The Heat went on to compete at the CCAA national championship in Prince George where they finished in eighth place.

High school athletics started warming up in May 2009 Review from A21 B.C. Short Track Speed Skating Championships. • West Kelowna native Sean Bianchini helps his Neumann College hockey team to the NCAA Division III hockey championship. • Volleyball’s Sheila McNee and basketball’s Jon Zaleski are named the UBCO Heat women’s and men’s student-athletes of the year for 2009-10. • Kelowna Rockets forward Cody Almond signs a three-year entry level contract with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.



• Okanagan Gymnastics Centre’s Makinli Handley qualifies for the Western Canadian Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Winnipeg. • UBCO volleyball player Sheila McNee is named the BCCAA’s female athlete of the year. • Kelowna’s Shirlee Ross completes an ultra marathon held in bonerchilling temperatures in Yellowknife, a 135-kilometre foot and snowshoe race that takes place over three days. • Team Okanagan wins the gold medal win at the B.C. Hockey Female U-16 Cup Competition in 100 Mile House. • The Vernon Viper beat Powell River 2-1 to win the BCHL title in six games. • Clint Schneider takes over from Alan Koch as head coach of the Okanagan Challenge. Koch joins the Vancouver Whitecaps women’s program. • Steve Manuel of the UBC Okanagan Heat is named the CCAA coach of the year. • Gary Gelinas returns to the BCHL’s Westside Warriors after spending a season as GM of the Central Hockey League’s Nex Mexico Scorpions. • Total Restoration wins the 29th edition of the Ski2Sea Race from Big White to City Park in

Kelowna. • Rutland Rockies pitcher Dawson Yates tosses a no-hitter against Nanaimo in B.C. bantam AAA baseball action. • The Kelowna Rockets beat the Vancouver Giants in overtime in Game 6 to advance to the WHL championship against Calgary.

MAY • Immaculata basketball player Laura Gini accepts a scholarship offer to play at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. • The KSS Owls need a playoff to defeat the OKM Huskies at the Central Okanagan high school golf championship. • Tyson Barrie’s overtime goal leads Kelowna to a 3-2 win over Calgary in Game 6 as the Rockets win their third WHL title. • The Buffalo Sabres sign defenceman Tyler Myers to a three-year entry level contract. • The Vernon Vipers win the Canadian junior A hockey championship in Victoria. • The Kelowna Rockets lose the Memorial Cup final in Rimouski, 4-1 to the Windsor Spitfires. • Local win 72 medals at the 2009 Karate B.C. Provincial Championships in Vancouver. • Okanagan Gymnastics Centre’s Makinli Handley, Cody Briggs and Adele Lefevre reach the medal podium at the Western Canadian Artistic Gymnastics held in Winnipeg. • Misko Antisin is named the new head coach of the BCMML’s Okanagan Rockets. • The Kelowna Christian Knights win the Okanagan Valley high school girls A soccer champs with a 1-0 win over the two-time defending B.C. champion Immaculata Mustangs. • Kelowna’s Mervin Watson, one of Canada’s most decorated senior tennis players, retires from international competition. • The Kelowna Sec-

ondary School Owls win their first Okanagan senior boys rugby title since 1994. • The KSS Owls win the Okanagan Valley junior boys rugby title. • Kelowna’s Erin Kokayko and Connor Clerke each win two gold medals at the Okanagan Valley high school track and field championships.

JUNE • Former Kelowna Rockets head coach Marc Habscheid returns to the Western Hockey League as head coach and GM of the Chilliwack Bruins. • Former Kelowna Rockets head coach Jeff Truitt joins the Moose Jaw Warriors as their director of player personnel. • Mark Howell resigns as head coach of the BCHL’s Westside Warriors to take on the head coaching duties with the University of Calgary Dinosaurs. • Kelowna Rockets forward Brandon McMillan is invited to the national junior team’s development camp. • Okanagan Gymnastics athletes Curtis Gerein and Luke Friesen win the gold medal in the senior men’s synchronized trampoline finals at the Canadian Tumbling and Trampoline Championships in Hamilton. • Kelowna Secondary’s Connor Clerke win the bronze medal in the senior boys senior boys 1500 metres at B.C. High School Track and Field Championships in Burnaby. • Kelowna AquaJets Cailey Anderson and Jennifer Short qualify for the age group national swim championships. • Jeff Finley steps down from his assistant coaching position with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. • The Kelowna Heat goes unbeaten to win the Okanagan Valley girls bantam B fastball title. The Kelowna Flames win the squirt C district fastball title.

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• Local products Robyn Buna (basketball), Marisa Field (volleyball) and Jessica Briker (soccer) play for Canada at the World University Games in Serbia. • The Okanagan

Gymnastics Centre is named the club of the year by Gymnastics Canada. • Kelowna Rockets Tyson Barrie (3rd round, Colorado), Evan Bloodoff (6th round, Phoenix) and Mitchell Callahan (6th

round, Detroit) are selected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Westside Warriors forward Cam Reid is drafted in the seventh round by Nashville • Kelowna’s Elisa

Joyce wins three gold medals in the girls 14year-old age group at the Jack Brow Memorial Track and Field Meet. Aaron Stroda wins six events in the 13-year-old boys category.

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Fight at house party leads to wild car chase around the city

Missing man found on Kettle Valley street

Several people involved in a dangerous car chase through town were arrested and subsequently released. RCMP Const. Steve Holmes said police took several people into custody from two vehicles in a parking lot on Springfield Road on Dec. 27. He noted the two vehicles had been chasing each other through town. Holmes said the chase was caused by a fight at a house party in the 200 block of Riverside Drive the

A happy ending came in the case of one missing person, when James Black was found on a street in Kettle Valley. RCMP Sgt. Craig Andrichuk said a Kelowna resident found an injured man on Sandpiper Street in the Kettle Valley area just before 3 p.m. on Dec. 25. Andrichuk said the injured man was identified as James Black, who had gone missing early in the morning of Dec. 23.

night before. He noted that a man showed up at the party and was selling crack cocaine. “At some point, a fight broke out between the dealer and a resident at the house,” Howell said. “The dealer was punched in the head by the resident, who broke his hand in the action.” Holmes said the dealer was removed from the house, but returned the next day with friends, kicking in the door of the house at just after 11 a.m.

He noted the people living in the house escaped and called another man to come and pick them up. The man called police after picking up the house residents. “He then chased the assailants, who had left in their vehicle, through town.” Holmes said all the subjects were released after the police investigation, and possible motor vehicle accident charges are being contemplated against the drivers.

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Andrichuk said Black was taken to Kelowna General Hospital by ambulance after being found. He added that Black received further medical attention and is in stable condition. The 61-year-old Black was reported missing by his wife, after she woke up in the morning and found him gone from their Hobson Road home. RCMP Sgt. Ann Morrison said Black left his house sometime over-

night in a jacket, pajamas and running shoes. She noted Black had recently been battling with emotional issues and was in a weak physical state. Morrison added that Black had left his wallet and medications at home. RCMP and Search and Rescue personnel combed the rough terrain near the 5000 block of Chute Lake Road on Dec. 24, after Black’s burgundy Toyota Tundra was found there, unoccupied.

Dead man discovered inside a house used for growing pot A man was found dead on Christmas Day inside a house being used to grow marijuana. RCMP Const. Steve Holmes said the body of a man, who is believed to be a 27-year-old Kelowna resident, was found inside a house used to grow marijuana. Holmes said a 50year-old man was expecting his son to join the family for Christmas and

went to the son’s house at 10 a.m. on Dec. 25. Holmes noted the man found no answer at the house in the 1400 block of Springfield Road. He said the house lights were on and the man’s son’s vehicle was parked in the driveway. “The man gained entry to the residence and located the deceased body of what is believed to be his son.”

Holmes said investigation revealed no signs of foul play and police were told the man had a history of seizures. He noted the B.C. Coroner’s Service will conduct an autopsy to identify the man, and the cause of his death. Holmes added that police also dismantled the 370-plant marijuana grow operation found in the home.

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Campbell looks ahead to a tough 2010 Before flying to Copenhagen, Denmark to take part in the United Nations climate change summit, Premier Gordon Campbell sat down with Black Press legislative correspondent Tom Fletcher to talk about the highs and lows of 2009, and what lies ahead.

Fletcher: On his radio show, your brother Michael called the Copenhagen summit a “bureaucratic gabfest” that is advancing big-state solutions for a carbon emissions problem that can only be solved by private sector innovation. Is he wrong? Campbell: First of all you have to set the framework for private sector in-

novation to work. We’ve always felt that. In fact one of the reasons we moved to the cap and trade system is we think that will encourage more private sector activity. We think that pricing carbon as we did with the carbon levy actually encourages the private sector to do that. I think he’s right in terms of the fact that noth-


ing is going to be solved by government alone. You and I have got to make choices about what we’re going to do with the issue of climate change. Fletcher: On July 1, 2010, the harmonized sales tax takes effect, along with the latest increase in the carbon tax. Are people going to accept that? Campbell: I think so. I don’t expect that people are going to be cheering. I’ve never heard anyone cheer for any tax. But in terms of HST, people are going to be as well off as they are now. In fact we’re going to have, I think, a stronger economy because of that.


In terms of the carbon tax, there are significantly lower levels of taxation in terms of revenues to government than before it was brought in, because we’ve already provided significant reductions in personal income tax, significant reductions in small business tax (and) corporate tax. Having said that, on July 1 I’m sure there will be lots of discussion about how it works. Fletcher: Will we see the export of natural gas and heavy oil to Asia from Kitimat? Campbell: I think there’s a real opportunity for us. The work that’s being done now with liquefied natural gas, that is a bridge technology that’s in place now. I think we can dramatically cut back the emissions from natural gas as well as from

other fossil fuels. That’s something we have to continue to encourage. We have to continue to encourage the expansion of carbon capture and storage. But the fact of the matter is we are the gateway to China. Alberta and Saskatchewan are both very interested in being part of pipeline opportunities across our northern corridor. Fletcher: We’re seeing construction of the northwest B.C. power line, and big power projects like Toba Inlet and others on the coast. Are we seeing the development of an energy grid from California to Alaska, with B.C. an exporter in the middle? Campbell: Our first strategy is to make sure that we can become energy self-sufficient our-


PREMIER Gordon Campbell greets Olympic supporters in Ottawa. selves by 2016. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get there. But when you think of the fact that we are probably the largest single bioenergy source in the world, we’re the Saudi Arabia of bioenergy in British Columbia, that happens to offset a lot of the challenges we face with the pine beetle and other activities. So yeah, I’m hopeful that British Columbia can become recognized as the clean energy generator for

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this corridor. It would create thousands of jobs in the province and would actually help solve one of the great challenges of our generation, which is climate change. Fletcher: Speaking of bioenergy, unemployment is now almost nine per cent in B.C. and 12 per cent in the Cariboo. When will we see bioenergy jobs? Campbell: You have to have economically viable bioenergy. You have to do things, it may be changing (forest) tenures. We want to make sure that the forest industry can look at bioenergy as another revenue stream for them that will stabilize the industry, stabilize their investments throughout the province, whether it’s in the Cariboo or the North or the Kootenays or the South. So I think you’ll see significant progress over the next year and two years. Fletcher: A whole set of public sector union negotiations is coming in spring. Will we see another classic B.C. confrontation, with a few thousand people here on the legislature lawn? Campbell: Well, we sure hope not. Obviously we’re going through a very significantly challenging time. There were a number of people we had to unfortunately lay off, but a very small number compared to what some people were anticipating, because we worked hard at that. Right now we have a $2.8-billion deficit. We’ve got to get that down. So we’ve said to the public sector, we’ve got a net zero framework that we’re going to be dealing with. We’re going to do everything we can, we’re going to meet that net zero. It’s actually pretty reasonable when you think about the challenges that are being faced in the private sector, who actually pay the bills. Fletcher: On aborig-

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Countdown to Christmas dinner draws Olympic torch a crowd of 360 people celebration Christmas Day marked the one-month countdown to the Olympic Torch Relay arrival in Kelowna on Monday, Jan. 25. The celebration will be held at City Park starting at 5 p.m. with entertainers, celebration displays and of course the Olympic Flame. The highlight of the evening is sure to be when past Olympic medalist Scott Frandsen will light the 1.3-metre high community cauldron, in a move similar to the dramatic highlight of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are really excited to have been chosen for a community celebration and overnight stop on the 2010 Olympic torch relay,â&#x20AC;? said Reid Oddleifson, Kelowna Community Celebration Task Force

Scott Frandsen chair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Task Force is putting together the final touches of what we expect to be the biggest community gathering in Kelowna in 2010.â&#x20AC;? The celebration will be an opportunity for the entire community to come together and share in the Olympic spirit and Kelowna community pride. To accommodate the community in City Park, free transit will be provided.

First Nations treaties remain challenging issue Campbell from A26 inal relations, do you agree that the rejection of new aboriginal title legislation was a setback, and will we see more treaties, more progress in 2010? Campbell: While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to say it was a setback, the government worked with all of the First Nations organizations, and we said, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s put this out and see how people respond to it. And it turned out that people had some real concerns with it. That in no way threw us off our strategy or our course of action, which is to eliminate the gaps in health and education and social development, to look for areas where we can make real progress and work directly with first nations who aspire to doing that. These are very challenging issues, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ones that I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made progress on and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue to. It is a critical component of our agenda as we move ahead.

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More than 120 volunteers served turkey and provided entertainment Christmas night during a free Christmas dinner put on by Victory Life Fellowship at the Parkinson Recreation Centre. More than 360 people attended the annual event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is our sixth Christmas Dinner event and it gets better and better every year,â&#x20AC;? said organizer Diana Tripke. â&#x20AC;&#x153; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our purpose for the event is to make sure that no one is alone on Christmas Day, so our guests come from varied backgrounds. This year was no exception.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a gentleman who came through who was so happy he had a place to go, otherwise he would have been all alone for Christmas,â&#x20AC;? added one volunteer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One lady came in and looked a little lost so we explained what we were doing and that she can go sit down and have a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

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Overcoming the effects of holiday over-indulgence S ometimes when we enjoy a celebration, it seems that there is always a plate or two of rich food or a variety of spirits to drink. There is an old saying: “It is not what you do occasionally that will kill you but what you do on a daily basis that will have the greatest impact on your health.” This certainly holds true for holidays and celebrations such as Christmas. There are some real good pointers to note before indulging in rich


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your body beforehand by drinking extra water and taking some Vitamin C. Try to get at least two litres of water into your system throughout the day before you start drinking. Eating something while you are drinking alcohol is also a good way to help avoid a hangover. And don’t ever let yourself drink on an empty stomach. If these pointers have failed to achieve the desired results, then the following remedies and simple steps will certainly be

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symptoms usually worse after very rich foods. Headache is usually a dull pain accompanied by some dizziness. Generally, the person is relieved by heat and is very sensitive to cold. This remedy will do much to soothe and calm. Coffea: Indications for this remedy are, head feels supersensitive, mind is in overdrive, tea and coffee will usually make hangover symptoms worse. The oversensitivity of the nerves makes the person’s senses over-acute to pain, noise. Odours become intolerable. They can also be sensitive to open air. Chamomilla: This remedy is indicated for the proverbial “bear with a sore head” who will want to be left alone. Usually the headache will feel like an intense pressure from within, as if the top of the head were blown off. Ipecacuanha: This is the best remedy for pains and constant nausea that is not made better by vomiting. All of the above-mentioned remedies can be taken in hourly intervals. Drink lots of water between doses to rehydrate yourself. If after five doses you find no relief, try the next best remedy on the list. Homeopathic remedies are completely safe to take. There are no side effects. Have a safe and happy celebration and remember the best way to avoid a hangover is to avoid alcohol. This subject matter is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as medical advice. John Sherman is a professional homeopath in Kelowna.


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uring the Christmas holidays, it seems in Canada that the tradition is all hockey, all the time. There are a myriad of minor hockey tournaments going on right now, with many of our local teams involved at various age levels. The world junior hockey tournament is currently taking place in Saskatchewan with the expectation that Canada will again win gold for the sixth consecutive year. There is nothing else that

we do in Canada besides hockey where the expectation is to in, where second place is a disappointment. And today at noon, Team Canada’s executive director Steve Yzerman will step up to the podium and announce the 23-man roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Expect the passion in which we follow hockey to hit another all-time crescendo as fans and media pundits alike pick apart the players selected—and those not chosen—for the squad.

For our part, we would like to see Yzerman, an NHL Hall of Famer and veteran of past Canadian national teams, shake things up a bit, to go with youth and speed where there the safe choice might be to go with the proven vet in the NHL wars but who has yet to make the same impact in international hockey. For Olympic hockey, Canada’s fortunes have not been good in recent years. We won the gold at Salt Lake City in 2002 because a stronger Sweden team was upset in the

medal elimination round. At Nagano and Turin, our teams failed miserably. So Steve, take a pass this year on the warriors from past Team Canada squads, players like Vincent LeCavalier, Martin St. Louis, Brendan Morrow and Jay Bouwmeester, and give some newcomers a shot, players like ex-Kelowna Rockets Duncan Keith and Shea Weber, Corry Perry, Brent Seabrook, Mike Fisher and Jordan Staal. Greater the change, perhaps this time the greater the reward.

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ormally at this 21st century in so CITY the time of year, many ways—9/11. CONFIDENTIAL stories about the (The fact it renewsmaker of the prequires just two numvious 12 months start to bers to describe an appear. event that virtualBut this year, as ly everyone who has the first decade of the Alistair not been living under 2000s comes to a close, Waters a rock for the last decthe Naughties, as the ade immediately recEnglish have dubbed ognizes should be the the last 10 years—naught being how first clue to its significance.) many Brits refer to zero—the annual While there were terrorist attacks newsmaker’s term of reference seems in other parts of the world both beto have stretched. Many are now profore and after Sept. 11, 2001, few, if claiming a newsmaker of the decade. any, have had the same lasting global For me there is no choice. One impact. Like a cataclysmic pebble seminal event has defined the start of dropped into a body of water, eight

years later were are still feeling the reverberations of the collapse of the two World Trade Centre towers in New York City, brought down by planes packed with people and jet fuel and used as flying torpedoes. While the two wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, that the attack prompted are still ongoing, the impact of 9/11 intrudes much farther into our daily lives. The once behind-the-scenes vigilance about security has moved out of the shadows to the forefront of our lives. And, as the first 10 years of the 2000s comes to a close, we are again feeling the impact in light of a suspected Al Qaeda terrorist trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane

carrying 300 people on Christmas Day. Al Qaeda was the organization behind the events of 9/11. It seems we are leaving the decade as we came in. Whereas many notable news events happen either in isolation or have short-lived ramifications, the events of 9/11 have created the new normal. Few of us now give a second thought to security measures concerning travel, metal detectors in public buildings in larger cities, personal property searches at public events or news reports about the detention of suspected terrorists around the world. We mourn the loss of Canadian

soldiers in Afghanistan but not for long. We pass through the eye of public spy cameras located on city streets that watch our movements and have no idea who is reading what we post on the Internet. The current conditions give conspiracy theorists a field day. Our preponderance of security has become so routine that it is only a big deal when something like the Detroit airliner attack makes the news. The rest of the time, it is just part of life as we now know it. And that is the legacy of 9/11. Alistair Waters is the assistant editor of the Capital News.

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Thanks to all Christmas light neighbours To the editor: We wish to thank those who took the time to create the visual treats of Christmas tree displays around Kelowna, Winfield, Lakeview Heights and Westbank. They bring joy to all ages both large displays or small. I personally would like to thank the neighbours (especially on Bridgeview Road) for putting up with the traffic and congestion that the unique display created. It takes good neighbours who are patient and quietly val-

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off” areas, the Christmas lights were sparse. It almost seemed that those with the least tried their best. Again, a sincere thank you to those who cared enough to bring those special OOhs and AAAAAHHHs, and especially the neighbours who allowed a householder to bring that spark, warmth and pride into their neighborhood. Joel and Darlene Rickard, Kelowna

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Groups want hunting grounds preserved To the editor: This letter is in response to the front page article: Park Proposal Upsetting to Hunters, Anglers in the Friday Dec. 18 Capital News. I must say the documented opposition to the park proposal by members of a fish and game club is upsetting to me. The Regional District of the Central Okanagan wants to purchase Crown land—311 hectares in the Spion Kop area between Wood Lake and Okanagan Lake as well as 443 hectares in the McCulloch area. These are endangered ecosystems and the purchase for parkland is a wise and necessary move by the regional district. If these areas are not purchased and reserved for parks the Crown may log the land in the future. These areas are valuable watersheds and

also support much wildlife. It is disappointing to read the B.C. Wildlife Federation supports the fish and game club in their bid to keep these recreational areas as Crown land. A few hunters of deer and other wildlife are using “tradition” and population control of deer as an excuse to kill deer on this proposed parkland. Could it be the logging companies are supporting the fish and game club through the B.C. Wildlife Federation as a convenient reason to hold on to the land for the future? The motion was passed, opposing sale for parkland just before Christmas when most people are preoccupied with other things. I suspect the motion is being slid unnoticed under our noses here. The hunters suggest their population control of deer is necessary because orchard-

ists have problems with deer. However, recent studies by animal rights groups suggest if deer are frightened by gunshots and through the trauma of seeing herd members killed these deer will seek other safer areas for food sources, hence moving down to the orchards. I hope this letter draws attention to the passed motion supported by the B.C. Wildlife Federation opposing sale of these Crown lands to the regional district. I support the regional district in their attempt to purchase the land for recreational parks. I donated to the B.C. Wildlife Federation for many years and was happy to believe they preserved wildlife and supported animal rights. I will no longer support them. Gail Valraven, Kelowna

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It’s the rate of climate change that makes the difference now for all living creatures To the editor: I was disappointed to read two of the letters published in the Capital News Dec. 23 edition: “Canadians Should Support Alberta Oil Sands” and “No Significant Evidence We Cause Climate Change”. While I cannot blame Ernest Slump and C. Wills for voicing their opinions, I think their letters were misleading. I would like to respond to their letters and clarify some issues for readers. To C. Wills: Yes, all greenhouse gases—water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and ozone— are all very important and natural parts of life on Earth. As gases their function is to trap the sun’s rays within our atmosphere, making temperatures on our planet livable. The problem is that human actions upset their natural cycles. Carbon is the backbone of living things; it exists everywhere, including under the Earth’s surface as the remains of life past—fos-

sil fuels. The issue is that when we convert these elements from a solid state to a gaseous state we increase their concentrations in the atmosphere, thereby intensifying the greenhouse effect. You say: “Studies show that CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere have been as much as 10 times higher in centuries past than they are now.” I’d like to know which studies are being referred to, and which centuries. Are your sources referring to 4 billion years ago, before photosynthesizers took CO2 out of the atmosphere and stored it within their cells? We can’t compare the present with a time when the Earth was covered in volcanoes and devoid of multi-cellular life. In addition, yes warming and cooling cycles are normal, but the difference today is in the rate of change. As the rate of change increases, the likelihood species will adapt and survive decreases. You write that “the media has so complete-

ly and uncritically bought into this disastrous scam called global warming,” yet your reference to the “Climate Gate” scandal is just one example that disproves your point. Despite overwhelming consensus from scientists on anthropogenic climate change, assertions to the contrary continue to cast doubt. Yes, it is important to be cautious and to make the right choices, but we have been cautious for the past 20 years. Climate change is currently displacing people and animal populations, the evidence is before our eyes and it is beyond time to act. As far as cap and trade, may I advise that you avoid throwing the baby out with the bath water. Cap and trade may not be the answer to our emissions problem but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one i.e.: perhaps a just and equal carbon tax. To both Ernest Slump and C. Wills: Fossil fuels and coal not only have disastrous affects on our environ-

ment, which are bound to negatively affect us economically eventually, they are also limited resources; an economy based on them will eventually crash. As countries around the world develop new green technologies, Canada will be left in the dust. Moving to a green economy will be better for our children and grandchildren’s natural and social environment, as well as for their job prospects and cheque books (Read

Nicholas Stern for more details). I hope that the media continues to report on the destructive implications of such projects as the Alberta tar sands and green house gas emissions. It is hard to change but it is exciting to know that we have the power to make a better, brighter and greener future for our children and ourselves. Marnie Newell, Vancouver

Express yourself We welcome letters that comment in a timely manner about stories and editorials published in the Capital News. Letters under 200 words will be given priority in considering them for publication. We reserve the right to edit for clarity, brevity, legality and taste. Letters sent directly to reporters may be treated as letters to the editor. Letters must bear the name, address and telephone number of the writer. Names will be withheld at the editor’s discretion, only under exceptional circumstances. E-mail letters to, fax to 763-8469 or mail to The Editor, Capital News, 2495 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, B.C., V1X 7K2.

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Vernon RCMPofficer faces charges after weekend arrest Roger Knox CONTRIBUTOR

A Vernon police officer is facing impaired

driving-related charges after being arrested by his

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incial E division headquarters in Vancouver, police state that at 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 19, Vernon RCMP located a man in a parked vehicle downtown near the bar area who they suspected was about to drive while impaired. “They determined that the driver was an offduty RCMP member currently posted in Vernon,” stated Cpl. Annie Linteau, communications officer at E division. “He was behind the wheel of his personal vehicle at the time of the incident.” The member, a nineyear veteran of the force, has been reassigned to administrative duties while the criminal investigation continues. He is also the subject of an internal RCMP

Code of Conduct investigation that has already begun. The officer could face possible sanctions from loss of pay to dismissal from the force. The Vernon Mountie is the third B.C. member to be arrested for impaired driving this year. “We’re very disturbed by it at headquarters,” said assistant commissioner Al Macintyre, criminal operations officer. “That’s three too many. The optimum number would be zero, of course. We have some work to do both on the education piece with our members, but the awareness piece.” Headquarters praised the arresting officers for “not looking the other way” in dealing with one

of their colleagues. “They did the right thing, they did exactly what they were sworn in to do on the Bible when they took the oath of allegiance,” said Macintyre. “They met their obligations and they did it properly… “People recognize the days of ‘wink-wink-nodnod’ on this stuff are gone. You have to deal with this stuff and deal with it effectively and properly.” Macintyre said the arresting officers could have “faced the music” if they had failed to meet their duty obligations in terms of arresting a suspected impaired driver. The Vernon RCMP officer is slated to appear in court on Feb. 4 to face impaired driving-related charges.


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Airport ramps up for Winter Olympic influx of tourist traffic Now that Kelowna International Airport has been selected as an air traffic portal for private planes flying into Vancouver for the winter Olympics in February, work has started preparing for the arrival of planes here during the 60 days surrounding the Games’ two-week run. Because Vancouver International Airport is expected to be very busy during the Games, three regional B.C. airports—

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to its existing and growing customer base in the education market. Only AERs have the ability to supply educational and charitable establishments with the special discounts available to them from Microsoft. Voda is one of the leading suppliers of computer hardware, networks and related services in the ThompsonOkanagan region. Call 250-712-9311. Here is a neat story. Several years ago Gerry Fraser, of Macdonald Realty, established an affiliate with one of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest real estate websites. Since that time his real estate listings have appeared on, the largest and most successful real estate website in Britain and Europe. This month,

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year. It features a Mardi Gras theme and will include performers such as John Lee Sanders, Danny McBride, Anna Jacyszyn and many more. Taking over the entire theatre, with music in every room, party-goers will be able to meander from room to room, taking in whatever musical acts are performing at that time with the stage being the dance floor. Tickets are $75 includes appies, masks, party favours, champagne and a midnight snack. Available at or call 250-860-1470 for tickets. Ken Grenier, of Doak Shirreff LLP, and Tony Edwards, of Horsepower IP Law, will be the speakers at the Thrive Not Survive Seminar Seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Small Business Law on Jan. 5. This seminar will help small businesses understand their legal requirements with respect to employment regulations in B.C. and the importance of protecting your businesses intellectual property. To register or for more info visit the OSTEC website at P.S.: Would the lady who told me about the nice older gentleman who wrote a book about his life experiences, then dropped in to see me at the Ramada and right afterwards left for holidays please either give me a call at 250-979-4546 or drop me an email at Birthdays of the weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Happy 40th Delaun Klaassen, Lakeshore Interiors (Dec. 28); Mike Dagenais (Dec. 30); Donna Martin (Jan. 1); Wayne Pierce (Jan. 1); George Van Wilde Rode, Dockside Marine (Jan/2); Ken Thom, Thom & Associates (Jan. 3). Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email




This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column is dedicated to Beryl Jarvis who passed away Dec. 17. I knew Beryl for many years when she operated the Jarvis Business Centre. She was a dynamic businesswoman, who in 1992, was nominated for Woman of the Year. My personal condolences to her family and many friends.

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Changes coming to EI for the self-employed


his amendment to the Employment Insurance Act had its first reading on Nov. 3, 2009.

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There will be four types of benefits that will be available to persons who are self employedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; maternity benefits, parental/adoptive benefits, sickness benefits and compassionate care benefits. These benefits are the same or similar to those currently available for salaried employees. This kind of EI will not cover you if your self employment venture is not income-producing and you are finding yourself out of work. Maternity benefits will be up to 15 weeks in length and can start up to eight weeks before the birth date. Parental/adoptive benefits are available for 35 weeks and may be taken by either parent or shared between them and be used for caring for a newborn or a newly adopted child. Sickness benefits will be paid to a person who is unable to work because of sickness, injury or quarantine for up to 15 weeks. Compassionate care has a six-week maximum for persons who are required to be away from work to care for a family member who has a risk of death from their current health condition. The definition of a self employed person would be one who is engaged in a business or employed by a business owning more than 40 per cent of the voting shares of the corporation. The self employed person must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. The self employed person would need to register and pay premiums into the plan at least one calendar year before receiving benefits. To qualify for benefits, the self employed person must have earned a minimum of $6,000 in the preceding calendar year. The self employed person would pay the same amount of premium that a salaried employee would pay under


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the current plan which is $1.73 per $100 of insurable earnings up to a maximum of $747 for the 2010 year. The self employed person would not be required to pay the employer portion of the premium. These rates have stayed at the same level as they were in 2008 and 2009, but may increase for 2011 based on the use of a new breakeven formula being developed by the federal government. This payment will be due to be paid on April 30, 2011, or March 15, 2011, if you make installment payments. The self employed person is required to file a return of self employment earnings for the year and estimate the premiums that will need to be paid. In order to access these special benefits you will need to enter into an agreement with Service Canada starting Jan. 31, 2010. You can register using the My Service Canada Account through the internet. If you register for benefits between Jan. 31 and April 1, 2010, you will be able to make a claim for special benefits j as early as January 2011. If you register after April 1, 2010, you will be required to wait 12 months before you can make a claim. What if you pay in and want to stop paying? You can only back out of the program if you have never received any benefits, otherwise you will be required to continue to pay premiums until you cease to be self employed. For more, refer to www.servicecanada.


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eaching out toward the end of this calendar year, I find myself feeling rather professorial concerning the glory of pursuing and achieving the entrepreneurial dream. So I thought I would tackle an approach for you and I to explore that might spur us along in our journey to become of a mindset toward attainment of your entrepreneurial dream. Let’s do it. We are taught that if we follow the rules of the world, we will achieve our measure of happiness and reward. Unfortunately, these rules do not always stimulate creativity and passion—rather, they demand conformity. So, get ready to break the rules, have some fun with yourself, follow your heart and ready yourself to unearth your entrepreneurial dream. Discovering your entrepreneurial dream and following through to its launch is, unquestionably, an adventure. You may not be absolutely assured of where it will lead you, but, what I can offer you with unyielding conviction is, the act of achieving each step is amazing. Every step you take in your entrepreneurial journey brings you closer to accomplishing the “dream.” Let’s begin our entrepreneurial adventure together and have some fun. • Believe in yourself—know that you will make the right decisions for you to turn your passion into your reality. Beliefs seem to influence reality. Believe in yourself and your entrepreneurial venture idea and your energy and passion will attract others like a magnet to help you to succeed. • Put your ideas down in writing—there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind, that, as you are


Joel Young reading this column, there is an “idea” burning inside of you waiting to be born. It’s there when you awake in the morning and when you lay your head to sleep. It feels like a restless friend. So, grab some paper, napkin, ticket stub or the ever-present reporter’s notebook that I carry religiously, courtesy of my Capital News editor, and write it down. Your entrepreneurial dream “idea” is now born and alive, ready for you to spawn its growth. • Buy yourself time— pick a specific time each week to work solely

on your idea. Let nothing distract you—this is your special time. I use a 14-column accounting tablet to diagram my actionable ideas. No matter where I think they may lead me, and it helps me visualize my thoughts at a glance across the broader spectrum of the 14-column landscape. Commit yourself to the time and you will find yourself moving closer to bringing your “dream” to life. • Keep an open mind and trust your instincts —this is not the time to judge yourself or other people. Listen to others around you that you may have engaged in your dream journey and listen and learn from them. • Make a “Why I can’t do this” list—include everything that you think may impede you from implementing your entrepreneurial dream

idea on this list from “I am not sufficiently educated” to “I do not have enough money.” • Tear the list up— yes, I know what you are saying, but realize there is nothing on this list to hold you back if you are willing to work hard and take chances. With conviction, tear up the list and throw the small pieces over your shoulder for good luck. Then tell yourself, “The only barrier to achieving my dream is Me.” • Starting tonight, create your to do list—create your “to do” list every night; keep the lists in a book for ready reference and check off. • Starting tomorrow, attack the to do list—with gusto and courage prioritize your list do the harder tasks first—check off your completions then congratulate yourself in your accomplishments.

• Keep your word— to others and yourself because your credibility can take you places and reward you beyond your imagination • Create your idea sanctuary—set up your comfortable space surrounded by those tools that you feel you will need to keep you focussed and assist your progress on your personal “idea train.” • Don’t delay—the most important step is to start today as your imagination awaits. If you allow yourself to procrastinate, your chase of the entrepreneurial dream may be lost and not reach

manifestation. Please always remember if you dare to take this journey of journeys, the beginning starts with your heart and your passion. These suggestions can help you identify your heart’s motivation and build a solid foundation under your dream. I remain continuously inspired by my friends, associates and other entrepreneurs I have been blessed to know in my life who are so passionately committed to their dreams and ambitions. We desperately need more dreamers in our world and a hope that they may

proffer. There is nothing noble or inspiring about blind commitment to an idea, however, that can never be. Yes, it may be sad to let a dream die. But, it is even sadder to stop dreaming altogether. If feel the real secret to entrepreneurial success is not determined by chasing a single dream, but rather to keep your dream light glowing. Joel Young is an entrepreneurial leadership coach, educator, consultant and the founder of the Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society.

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The Shakespeare Show questions The Bard’s legitimacy Jennifer Smith STAFF REPORTER

Only the most strident fan would imagine Woody Allen belongs in the same sentence as William Shakespeare. Yet there’s a man in a town full of murals who is willing to take the leap. Ryan Gladstone is the brains behind Monster Theatre, a very creative Vancouver-based company touring The Shakespeare Show in Kelowna mid-January. He’s currently stationed in the artsy Vancouver Island nook of Chemainus, known first, for its phenomenal wall art and, second, for the caliber of its small theatre company. Wrapping up a few Christmas shows with the company, this busy writer and star of the one- and occasionally two-man shows Monster runs, took time out over the holidays to tour his unique brand of humor through the wacky Island stage mecca. In this particular case, he was just there to have some fun on a Christmas

kids’ show, but the company is more typically known for transforming pivotal historical characters, periods and moments one might otherwise describe as the stereotypical drones of our collectively boring high school history classes into hilarious physical comedy. When he graces Kelowna’s stage, for example, he will be tackling the seminal problem in theatre history: Is it possible that Shakespeare really wrote all those plays? “It’s about the most debated thing in theatre history period,” he said, in a telephone interview conducted over a lunch break, “whether this apparently illiterate guy— the son of a glover—was able to be the greatest writer, by far, in the history of the English language or whether it was really someone else.” Put this way, with a twinge of Gladstone’s slapstick, Shakespeare’s role in the world does sound interesting even before he reveals the fullblown twist to the tale.


RYAN GLADSTONE and Tara Travis take Shakespeare by storm next month as they tackle the question: Did William Shakespeare really write those plays? One look at his list of storylines and one has to know something within the storyline will be skewed. By February, Monster will be competing for audience attention on the world stage with The Canada Show: The Complete History of Canada in One Hour, which is on the official Olympic entertainment program. The company has

also come up with a history of the world, drafted Napoleon’s Secret Diary revealing he was more of an accidental emperor, and filled in The Lost Years for Jesus Christ whose two-decade break between appearances in the Bible was simply too much for Gladstone’s revisionist brain to resist. And, true to form, the talented actor and writer’s take on Shakespeare is

both funny and accessible enough to play on a world stage or in a small Island theatre festival. “This story is actually based on a Woody Allen movie about the Hollywood blacklist called The Front,” he said. The Front involves a scheme cooked up by a group of screenplay writers who want to publish, but don’t want the repercussions of being

placed on the Hollywood Blacklist as suspected communists during the McCarthy era in American history. The writers decide to use a front, played by Woody Allen, to slip their plays onto the silver screen without threat of personal repercussions. In a parallel universe, or at least an earlier time period, the Earl of Oxford could easily have used the poor young son of a glover as a front for his own strange pennings. Gladstone breaks down the case. “He wants to be a playwright, but obviously social boundaries won’t permit him, as it is like the lowest step on the ladder of humanity in Renaissance England,” he said. As the son of a glover, or the man who makes the ornate gloves for lords and ladies to wear about town, Shakespeare would have had to work, so it’s suspected he might have served as one of the young men who held the horses outside the theatres while the patrons watched the show. Whether this is

how he learned the theatre crafts, or whether it is possible this service allowed him and the Earl to meet, is really a question for the ages. Rather than worry about answering it, Gladstone would rather people just come to see his play. “We’ve built our shows so that they’re smart and stupid at the same time,” he said. “If you’re a Shakespeare scholar, you’re going to come to the show and you’re going to get so much out of it…But if you know nothing about Shakespeare, if you hate Shakespeare, you’re going to come to the show and still laugh your ass off.” Laughing certain— cough, cough, splutter— parts off is Gladstone’s specialty, with 15 plays in his company’s 10-year history. The Shakespeare Show comes to Kelowna thanks to Sunshine Theatre, Jan. 13 to 16, at the Mary Irwin Theatre in the RCA. Adults run $30 a ticket; students $10. Call 250-717-5304 or www.


Classic boeuf bourguignon is even better the second day A fter all of that turkey, I am ready for a nice hearty beef stew. The French classic version of beef braised in red wine is one of my favourites. Late fall last year we had just returned from an incredible adventure in France. Touring Alsace’s villages and wineries and Burgundy’s iconic wine country was a truly magical experience. Alsace seems to be such an overlooked destination but should be on the top of the list for foodies and wine aficionados. Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, is load-


Jennifer Schell ed with culture, both of the culinary and historical kind. Did you know that Strasbourg is the foie gras capital of France? Then there are their other culinary claims to fame like Alsatian onion tarts, choucroute or Kugelhopf! Burgundy represents the holy land to many a wine aficionado—with

many wines from this region ranking amongst the most treasured in the world. This area of France is, like the others, a gastronomic delight with famous dishes ranging from the traditional fare like boeuf bourguignon (recently hitting the headlines again with the Julia Child movie Julie & Julia) and coq au vin to their Burgundy snails, called escargots de Bourgogne in France, prepared with garlic and parsley butter. This plentiful region also offers 100 varieties of mushroom as well as the coveted truffle—both found in the Morvan, an

area of forests, lush pastures and lakes. And then there is Dijon—yes, the birthplace and still major manufacturer of the celebrated mustard. One of the personal highlights of our visit to Burgundy was a lunch in Dijon at the home of locals Rene and Yvette Guille. Relatives of one of our dear friends Susan Kessler who arranged the meeting, we experienced up close the high level of European hospitality as well as some of its finest cuisine. Before we left the Guilles to head back to

Beaune after a luxuriously long lunch, the lovely Yvette, bestowed upon me one of her cookbooks. Ear marked and sauce stained, I knew that I was receiving a treasure. The book, of course in French, focuses on local Burgundian cuisine. The recipes I have tried so far have been outstanding—thank you Yvette! Although Julia Child’s recipe is fabulous as well, this version of the famous beef stew adapted from Yvette’s cookbook is marinated overnight.

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1 District 9 2 Inglourious Basterds 3 The Hangover 4 Public Enemies 5 All About Steve 6 Beyond A Reasonable Doubt 7 Terminator Salvation 8 Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince 9 Angels & Demons 10 Star Trek

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Kids Rentals

1 Shrek The Halls 2 Bob’s Big Break 3 My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure 4 Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure 5 The Penguins Of Madagascar 6 Dora Saves The Crystal Kingdom 7 Go Diego Go!: Arctic Rescue 8 Spongebob Squarepants: Truth Or Square 9 How The Grinch Stole Christmas 10 Secrets Of The Furious Five



Rolling Stone magazine has labeled her The Defining Pop Star of 2009 and her debut album The Fame is still in the top 10 after 70 weeks. Earlier this year GaGa released a remix mini-album that hit top 10 as did this more recent two-disc CD set titled The Fame Monster that has the entire Fame album as well as eight new songs from her forthcoming album. True to form, the EP disc has spawned two more hits with the current #1 this week Bad Romance while her duet with Beyonce, simply titled Telephone, is also ripping up the charts. That is a lot of singles that radio is playing right now for the ubiquitous

Bruce Mitchell techno pop star and Fame Monster aka Ms. GaGa but you won’t hear me complain. I get a kick out of her Euro-trash pop and clubland music because it is distinctive, melodic and over the top splashy and trashy fun stuff. The EP of new tunes also shows some changes of direction for GaGa away from pure club music. Check out the guitar-driven rock ballad Speechless and the ABBA-goes-Latina of Alejandro. There is familiar Madonna-like pop with Telephone and the stridently

beat driven Bad Romance that will keep GaGa a fan favourite of clublanders bopping along for several more months. Finally, I don’t want to sound too politically incorrect but you have to appreciate that GaGa almost always covers her less than pretty face with big wigs, big makeup, masks and jewelry—even Barbara Walters recently asked her if she was a man at one time. So to quote the ’70s punk band The Monks and their cult hit: “Nice legs, shame about the face.” B+

JOHN MAYER: BATTLE STUDIES (COLUMBIA) John Mayer has never been one to try and hide his many love affairs and one night stands with an extensive host of Hollywood starlets and stars.


Game Rentals

1 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) 2 Assassins Creed 2 (Xbox 360) 3 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PlayStation 3) 4 New Super Mario Bros Wii (Nintendo Wii) 5 Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360) 6 Assassins Creed 2 (PlayStation 3) 7 Uncharted 2 (PlayStation 3) 8 Mario & Sonic At Olympic Winter Games (Wii) 9 Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360) 10 Halo 3 Odst (Xbox 360)

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Paranormal Activity A Perfect Getaway Jennifer’s Body 9 Marine 2 (500) Days of Summer Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Extract The Hangover Inglourious Basterds G-Force Taking Woodstock Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Public Enemies Julia & Julia The Cove Terminator: Salvation Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Angels & Demons Four Chistmases Funny People The Maiden’s Heist Shorts Star Trek Bruno My Sister’s Keeper The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Up

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The Final Destination Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

In fact, his new CD liner photo looks like he has just arisen from one too many nights in the sack for even simple grooming, which may in part explain his new CD title Battle Studies. But there is very little battle or truculence to Mayer’s new album that could be titled Continuum Two with its laid back soft rock and light blues grooves. He has a minor hit with his sub-three minute Jack Johnson rip off Who Says, while the lone cover here of Robert Johnson’s Crossroads is mellower than any current styled Eric Clapton cover. But Mayer is destined to have another hit off this disc with the duet with new superstar Taylor Swift and their Lindsay Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac-like song Half Of My Heart. Not a bad album but Mayer’s shtick of encouraging women to mother him will start to wear thin real fast. B-


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Karl Wolf is a Montreal popster who has gone viral internationally. He was the first artist to have a video on Arabian MTV earlier this year with his cover of Toto’s Africa which has since become a worldwide smash. Wolf soon had a subsequent hit in Canada with his original Carrera and now he has re-released his first album with a few new songs. One of the new tunes is the half Arabic half English Yalla Habibi that has become his newest hit and has helped assure that Wolf will be remembered as more than a one hit wonder. He is often called a rap artist but his is a soft spoken style of rap where too many of his songs come off as second rate R&B. The occasional Middle Eastern drums and rhythms on tunes like Gone With The Wind are a tad more interesting but his cover of Maniac from Flashdance is woeful. C+

UP IN THE AIR: SOUNDTRACK (RHINO/ WEA) This film starring George Clooney is poised for Oscar Awards with its strong box-office and rave

reviews. The soundtrack is a very laid back and folky affair with a lot of lesser known songs such as Crosby Stills Nash & Young’s Taken At All, Roy Buchanan’s Thank You Lord and Elliott Smith’s Angel In The Snow. Smith was nominated for an Academy Award a decade ago for songs contributed to The Good Will Hunting soundtrack. The title song here has the demo as contributed by little known singer songwriter Kevin Renick, just as he sent it to film director Jason Reitman over the phone, which may be of some interest to film buffs. C

STATUS QUO: IN SEARCH OF THE FOURTH CHORD (EAGLE RECORDS) I am not sure how many original members there are left in the British guitar blues boogie band Status Quo, but the band, in one form or another, has been around for eons beginning in the mid ’60s with their only North American hit, the psychedelic Pictures Of Matchstick Men. Most of their many albums are interchangeable but, hey, you can say exactly the same thing about AC/DC, a band that remain as popular as ever and seem to have been around nearly as long as Status Quo. The UK group has maintained the status quo, so to speak, with a consistency of sound with twin guitar and piano boogie that are strictly for party fun—if your notion of party time is grooving with geezers well into their 60s. There are 14 songs on this lengthy CD and all fit blues boogie from the ZZ Topish Saddle Up to the pub-styled (Dr. Feelgood?) of Bad News. The album In Search Of The Fourth Chord (sorta says Status Quo right there, doesn’t it?) is a lot better than expected from these vets who have perhaps been around a little too long, but they are still big draws in Euro festivals where they are constantly at work. I’m sure AC/DC fans would enjoy this harmless, heads down, no nonsense mindless boogie. C+

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rt lovers have only 10 more days to visit the solo exhibition of works by Okanagan Valley-based artist Bryan Ryley on at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The show revolves around the notions of war and genocide, and the artist’s role in speaking out against atrocities. In 2004 Ryley noticed a reproduction in a magazine of one of the many sketches produced by Pablo Picasso in preparation for his famous 1937 anti-war painting Guer-


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Sum of Destructions. This is from a statement Picasso made in an interview in 1935, in which he said that the traditional way to make a painting was to move forward in stages. What he liked to do was destroy his first efforts in a work, treating images and completed sections as only beginnings, so the final work was a sum of destructions. Ryley has taken this to heart in his work in mixed media (including collage) on his paper and canvas supports. As a result, the underlying image of the hand grasping the sword is all but obliterated in most of the works. Splashes of colour, private symbols, bits of collage and pattern enliven the surfaces and create visual richness and complexity for the viewer. This suite of works from 2004 stands as a kind of one-off in the overall context of Ryley’s career, but the vocabulary and style are the artist’s own. The artist invites us to consider with him the relevance of a work like Guernica today in thinking about our 21st century conflicts and wars. Liz Wylie is the curator at the Kelowna Art Gallery. 250-762-2226 westbank, BC


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the matrixes for the series of works on paper in the current show, and he also produced a large diptych painting using the same image as its starting point, which is on view as well. In the finished painting, Guernica, Picasso’s image of the hand gripping the broken sword belongs to a supine male who appears at the bottom of the composition, underneath the famous writhing horse. The man, near death, cries out in pain with an expression that could already be a rictus. The broken sword might represent defeat, but could also make reference to defiance and protest, no matter how futile. Some of Ryley’s individual titles for his mixedmedia works on paper give further clues to his thinking; for example, one is called Head in the Sand and has the text quickly written into the composition by the artist: “Pablo warned us.” Other titles include Negotiating Table, Between a Rock, and Pablo and Me. The theme or notion of taking on or collaborating with Picasso in this series of work is borne out in Ryley’s choice of title for the overall installation:



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Social service agencies worried about further funding cuts Jennifer Charlesworth CONTRIBUTOR

The provincial budget process for 2010 is well underway, and social service agencies throughout B.C. are understandably worried about what lies ahead. The community-based agencies have been told to prepare for worse cuts than they’ve seen this fall, and worse again in 2011. For a sector that’s grappling with increased need all over the place among fam-

ilies caught up in the recession, that’s an alarming prospect. Our growing unease wasn’t helped by the near-absence of any mention of community social services in the recent report of B.C.’s Select Standing Committee on Finance. Like the committee, we’re very much in favour of keeping health, education and the arts well-funded, but none of those vital sectors will thrive without an equally healthy social-services network. It’s unfortunate that there isn’t a simpler term than “so-

cial services” to describe the important work that goes on under that banner in every corner of the province, day in and day out. Perhaps that’s part of the problem for the social-services sector: The sheer diversity of what we do. But think of it this way: You need a lot more than just health and education services to get through life’s challenges, and much of that is what’s known as social services. Babies with developmental delays need help catching up

with their peers. Abused children need somebody to talk it out with. Youth with addictions and trauma need safe places to go and get well, and parents need support to be more effective within their families. New immigrants need ways to connect to their communities. Children in government care need someone to hang on tight. Women enduring violence at home need someplace to run to.

That’s the kind of work that our sector does. Hundreds of community-based agencies reach out to thousands of British Columbians every day with the kind of support that helps people cope with all kinds of challenges. Social support is the thread that holds families and communities together, through good times and bad. Of course, any B.C. organization reliant on government funding is feeling pain these days. We know our sector won’t

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Tell your MLA that social services should be a priority Cuts from B9 and primarily affects support for British Columbians with mental illness and addiction. The second wave will soon be upon us when gaming grants for health and social services are announced this month and we find out if our sector will see the same reductions that other applicants have this year. Because so much of our sector’s work involves support for children and their families, any cuts within the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family

Development are always a major concern. We’re bracing for significant funding changes this spring, and worried about the impact of less service and support on an extremely vulnerable population of almost 10,000 children and youth in care. Some people perceive social supports as “nice” things for a civilized society to provide, at least in flush years. In fact, they’re an essential thing to provide any way you look at it, because the social health of British Columbians has a

direct impact on our province’s economic health. Here’s an interesting statistic on that front from 15 By 15, a report prepared for the Business Council of B.C. The August 2009 report cautions that unless we act now to improve the lives of the 30 per cent of B.C. children who start kindergarten already behind their peers, our province will give up a fifth of its GDP growth over the next 60 years. The social-services sector provides work for 65,000 British Columbians.

It’s a major player in a non-profit sector that contributes almost seven per cent a year to the GDP —more than mining, oil, gas and forestry combined. Our sector helps tens of thousands of people stay on track with their lives, with diverse services that are as important as good health and a quality education in building strong communities and

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2010 Olympics comes to Mt. Boucherie

By Hayley Pipher The light of the Olympic flame to many symbolizes the hope that Canada has to strive for excellence and to support the intercultural opportunity that our country will soon host. As the torch relay gets closer to Vancouver, the excitement will increase in the anticipation culminating in countries coming together from across the world during the opening ceremonies. Having the Olympic flame come through West Kelowna so close to the Olympic opening is a great privilege and chance to show Canada our community’s spirit. Two students and one staff member from Mt. Boucherie Secondary School have received a life-changing opportunity to carry the Olympic flame as the torch

relay makes its way through Kelowna. Mr. Boyd Hayes is a teacher who is looking forward to carrying the Olympic torch next month. “It is a huge privilege to be selected as a torchbearer leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and I am thrilled to participate in the Olympic experience in this way.” said Mr. Hayes. “As a community soccer/basketball coach and a teacher at Mt. Boucherie High School, I feel it is imperative to support community activities and events in order to be a role model to the kids I work with daily. One of our family values (which we regularly talk about with our own kids) is to be community minded and support those around us when opportunities present themselves. My family and friends will

Students to visit Kenya By Hayley Pipher “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” was once influentially said by Mahatma Ghandi. In March 2010, 15 students and two staff members from Mt. Boucherie secondary school will embark on a journey that has been three years in the making. For three weeks, we will be building a school and a water system in a rural Massai Mara community in Kenya. Mrs. Irene Maier has been a fundamental part of making this dream become a reality. She has taught us the value of fundraising in order to give to indigent communities overseas, as well as areas in need locally. But by no means will this three week trip be a “walk in the park.” Before we board the plane to Kenya, each of us will be taking Swahili lessons; furthermore, we are required to enroll in an after school global issues course reading books on worldwide concerns. Most of us are also enrolled in an extra-curricular International Development Quest led by Michael Morrison to better understand global diversity and the culture we will soon be submerged in. Throughout the year, we all have been participating in many fundraising events such as the “Value a Village Poverty Banquet” which

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raised global awareness in the community. During our three week journey, we will be working alongside the “Free the Children” organization which has built over 500 schools in impoverished communities around the world. Mt. Boucherie’s Global Service Club is partnered with this association and has hosted fundraising events with Free the Children for the past three years totaling over $40,000 raised for people in need. This coming January, students will also be taking part in the “Arts for Africa” evening to raise money for the school that Mt. Boucherie sponsors. Local bands will be showcasing their talent and artwork will be displayed and sold in a silent auction. The community is always welcomed to support this evening by donating their art work to this special event. As a student, I am really looking forward to embarking on this journey that will certainly change my outlook on life. I am most looking forward to seeing the children’s faces and realizing that we are positively changing their lives forever. Just by providing a simple necessity such as an education to them which any child deserves, we are impacting their worlds for the better. All of our hard work is certainly worth it for that.

be out cheering me on when I run with the torch on Jan. 26 at 7:08 a.m. from the fire hall on Water Street across Harvey Avenue along Pandosy Street to Boyce Crescent.” Natasha Montgrand is a student who will also take part in the Olympic torch relay. Montgrand will be running from West Kelowna’s Community Service Centre to Pheasant Lane on Grouse Road at 5:59 p.m. on Jan. 25. “I am very excited for this great opportunity.” said Natasha. “It will certainly be something I will never forget and a great experience to remember.” For me, it is a great honour to carry the Olympic flame after being nominated to represent Mt. Boucherie Secondary School. My route will be on West Kelowna’s main high-

Grads prepare for future On Nov. 21 Mt. Boucherie hosted its first career mentor luncheon for the 2009/2010 school year. Thirty-five grade 12 students ate lunch and explored their future paths with 28 community career mentors. Adults from a range of career paths from around Kelowna shared their stories about how they got into their careers, post-secondary schools they attended, as well as what qualities would be useful in order to be successful in that career area. Boucherie students will continue to work with their career mentors throughout the year, and are currently preparing to attend a work placement at the mentor’s worksite. Thank you to all those career mentors involved; we appreciate your involvement and support with preparing our grade 12 students for their future career adventures. On Dec. 9 Mt. Boucherie hosted 65 community members for the grade 12 transition interviews. Our grade 12s presented a summary of their skills, passions, and how they plan to be successful after high school. Students presented their Plans A and B to an interview panel that consisted of teachers and community members. Students spent approximately 15 minutes reviewing the skills they had learned throughout their 13 years of school, how they plan to start their future careers and how they are going to make these career plans a reality. Thanks to all those Peachland, West Kelowna and Kelowna community members who joined us to celebrate their skills and future adventures.

MBSS welcomes the community for Arts for Africa Jan. 14, 2010 MBSS welcomes the community to attend the 3rd annual Arts for Africa night. This event grows every year to encompass more of the student and arts community. This year on the Mainstage, there will be African a cappella music by the MBSS choir, followed by an open mic, and then some local bands including Windborn and Split the Silence. There will be a jazz cafe in the choir room, an extensive silent art auction, live art with artists painting their creations on site, a create your own Africa t-shirt booth by the graphic design department, African drumming -- drum along sessions in the library, and a global village fair with creative wares from companies such as Boojangles, and others. There is something for everyone. It is a great intergenerational evening with something for everyone and all the money goes to a great cause -- the MBSS Global Adopt- A- Village program to supply school, clean water, food and medical help to a village in eastern Kenya. Irene Maier, Mt. Boucherie Secondary School

The holidays are almost here and the festive spirit is in the air. Our students need the rest and will also benefit from the time to prepare for their end of Jan. exams. And, while there is much to celebrate and feel festive about, it is with a heavy heart that I must say farewell to my role at Mt. Boucherie. Following the winter break, I will officially begin my new role at the school board office. The upside for me is that I will be spending considerable time at all of our Westside schools. I would like to thank the whole of our Westside community for engaging with our students, welcoming them into your workplaces and joining us so often in our school. I also

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way. Over the past nine years, I have trained as a swimmer with dreams of perhaps one day representing Canada at the Olympic Games. Being an athlete has taught me the values of hard work, the joys of success, the frustrations in defeat, and the hope for what is possible. Whatever the outcome of my Olympic aspirations may be, carrying this torch has fulfilled part of my Olympic dream. The Olympic flame represents the possibilities of what can be accomplished when people dare to dream and it is certainly exciting for our own community members to take part in the Olympic torch relay. Mt. Boucherie sincerely wishes success to Canada and all the athletes of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

want to extend a public thank you to our parents for sharing your children with us - they are remarkable! I will miss the amazing parent activity and support that is so important to this school. And, finally, I will miss the excellence of our top-notch staff who serve our kids so well every day. I welcome Mr. John Simonson to his new role as principal here at Mt. Boucherie. He will be an excellent addition to the leadership of our school. I will also look forward to continuing to see everyone else throughout our area and schools. Have a safe and happy holiday everyone! Lisa McCullough

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ROTH – GARRY REGINALD passed away peacefully in Kelowna, BC at the age of 78 after a long journey with Alzheimer’s. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Viola, four daughters; Judy (Russ), Rose (Len), Deborah (Tim), Wendy (Aaron) all of Kelowna, two sons; Wayne (Kate) of Calgary AB, Steven (Douglas) of New Westminster, BC, 14 grandchildren; Shaun (Michelle) Dunlop, Melissa Dunlop, Amanda (Dan) Fankhauser, Jared Lucas, Cody (Amanda Wickenheiser) Lucas, Kirsten Anheliger, Joshua Gerk, Carrie (Brad) McNeil, Matthew (Lindsay) Gerk, Melissa Hall, Cassandra (Kevin) Hall, Nathan Hall, Brittany Amorim, Tara Amorim, 7 great grandchildren; Aiden Dunlop, Elizabeth Read, Zaya Fankhauser, Elias Fankhauser, Madrea Anheliger, Emmett Gerk, Jocelyn Marsh, 2 brothers, Ted (Carolyn) Roth, Neil Roth, one sister, Doreen Reid, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents Adolph and Florence Roth, brother Ron Roth, brother-inlaws Victor Gaskell, Bruce Nelson, Roy Wilcox, sister-in laws Rita Larsen, Fran Hornby. Garry lived most of his life in Kelowna where he worked for the family run NOCA Dairy. Later he worked delivering baked goods. Garry loved all animals, often taking home strays. He enjoyed going for walks, watering the flower gardens, reading the news paper, spending time with his grandchildren and sharing his peanut butter toast. A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 2850 Dry Valley Rd. Kelowna, BC. Reception to follow at Valleyview Funeral Home, 165 Valleyview Road Rutland, BC. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1633 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1P6. Arrangements entrusted to VALLEYVIEW FUNERAL HOME, Honored Provider of Dignity Memorial. Condolences may be made by visiting

MACLEAN (CROOKES) Elizabeth Anne “Betty” It is with great sadness that we announce that Betty passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, December 26, 2009 at the age of 81. Predeceased by her first husband Dennis Crookes in 1976, her second husband Harris MacLean in 2008, daughter Diane in 1956 and her sister Clare in 1918. Survived by her children Bev (Gord) Ivans and their children Lindsey Ivans and Lee Ivans (Erin) all of Kelowna, Janice (Bruce) Weinmaster and their children Karli Weinmaster (Yaad) and Michael Weinmaster (Patrick) all of Kelowna, Brian (Mary Anne) Crookes and their children Alex Crookes and Angie Crookes all of Calgary, Kevin (Gloria) Crookes and their children Jennifer Crookes, Graham Crookes and Andrew Crookes all of West Kelowna, as well as Harris MacLean’s family. Betty was a long time resident having been born and raised in Kelowna. A celebration of Betty’s life will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 10:00 am at the Cathedral Church of St. Michaels and All Angels, 608 Sutherland Ave, with Bishop John Privett officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MS Society of Kelowna, 1959 Kirschner Road, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 4N7 or the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation: 300-1090 West Pender St., Vancouver, BC, V6E 2N7. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, 250-860-7077

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Nov 28, 1927-Dec 22, 2009 A man of great stature and courage, Fred was only 16 when he was drafted into the armed forces in WWII. Luckily it was soon to end. Interned in a prisoner of war camp, he weighed only 86 pounds on his release. Yet his legendary stories always brought more laughter than tears. After the war he danced his way into the heart of his life-long love and wife, Erika. Then in 1953, a grand adventure began. A few short years in Canada … that was the plan – and then home; but instead, they stayed. In Ontario he helped carve a brand new town out of the bush. By then he was a young father with two daughters and decided he wanted a place with more promise for his family. So he travelled west, exploring. The sunshine, lakes and orchards of the Okanagan Valley proved irresistible and the family settled there. Soon a son was born. Fred started his own contracting companies: first painting, then home building and eventually a specialty in gas and oil storage facilities and ski lift construction. A natural outdoorsman, he loved the challenge of these projects in extreme terrain. Erika was his trusty finance manager. In 1973 Fred and Erika bought property in Peachland, built a home and planted an orchard there. The next years were among the happiest of their lives as they harvested fruit, made their garden bloom and raised chickens, geese and ducks. These all followed Fred around the orchard like puppies. Two grandchildren spent summers on the farm and did the same. Fred was interested in everything and always had a project: from fly fishing to boat building and baking to wine making. He was an artist and writer, an outstanding furnituremaker and carver. His vegetable patch was legendary. The years brought crises and blessings, joys and worries but always Fred was the centre of the family he loved. He was a solid, dependable, generous father and an Opa full of surprises, tall tales, grandfatherly advice and big, hearty laughter. In April 2009 he and Erika celebrated 60 years of companionship and marriage. He will be sorely missed, always loved and remembered by his wife Erika; daughters Lydia Marston-Blaauw (Christopher Hunt) and Angela Dyck (Bill Dyck), son Edward Woch; grandchildren Leilani Marston-Ayley (Michael Ayley) and Adam Marston; step-grandchildren Julianna and Amara Hunt and great grandson Tristan Raine Ayley. God speed Papa. Private family service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, 250-860-7077.

WHITE, MURRAY DOUGLAS Apr 13, 1931 – Dec 25, 2009 With heavy hearts and deep sadness we grieve over the passing of Murray on December 25, 2009 at the age of 78. He was taken from us on this special day, after a courageous battle with cancer. We are sure the angels were there to guide him to a more peaceful place. Murray was born in Kamloops and was raised in Penticton, where he became an avid basketball player as he attended Penticton High. He loved basketball and made many life long friends on the team. In Penticton he also met the love of his life, Marguerite Menu from Summerland. They moved to Coquitlam shortly after their marriage, but later in 1962 realized Kelowna was the place to raise their family. Murray worked for BC Tree Fruit Limited in the transportation and claims department for 25 years. Murray was an active member of the Kelowna Jaycees, and Toastmasters Organizations. He was a wonderful kind human being who loved people, life and nature. Murray enjoyed going for daily walks to the lake, and tending to his beautiful garden. He would always greet people with a friendly hello and smile. Murray went out of his way to help others, and his fellow neighbours. His fascination with trains was attributed to the honorable involvement of his father in the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. He was predeceased by his parents, Agnes and Douglas White. He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Marguerite, and four children, who will miss him deeply: Diane (Tom) Routtu, Karen (John) Campbell, Michelle (Rob) Smith and David White. Murray had a special love for his nine grandchildren, who brought him much joy and laughter: Jennifer and Nicole Routtu, Kara and Courtney Campbell, Justine and Adam White, Maya, Miles, and Ava Smith. Murray is also survived by his only brother, Willis (Pat) White. His numerous nieces and nephews will remember him with much fondness, as will his four legged pal Charlie. Murray had many brothers and sisters-in-law, who were a big part of his life. We want to thank the doctors and staff of the Kelowna General Hospital. A special thanks to Dr. Hickman, Dr. Crittenden, and the wonderful nursing staff at Hospice House for Murray’s care. Murray had a wonderful kind spirit that blessed everyone he met and will be missed by all. There will be a family service officiated by Murray’s brother-in-law, Arthur Menu. We will hold a celebration of his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, 250-860-7077.

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Took his last flight with his family by his side on December 24, 2009 at the age of 86. Lovingly remembered by his wife June of 64 years of marriage, daughter: Karen (Mark); sons: Bill, Mike (Shelley); eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren and cousin Helen Strebb of Nova Scotia. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Interment to follow in Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice Association: 202 – 1456 St. Paul St., Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, 250-860-7077. KNIGHT, GARRY Born in Edmonton on November 16th, 1951 and passed away peacefully in Kelowna on December 26th, 2009. Garry is survived by his loving wife Nicole; daughters, Tara (Mark) and Shawna (Bob); four grandchildren; sister, Kim (Larry); brother Mel and several other nephews, nieces, cousins and good friends. Garry had a love for outdoors, camping, photography and music. At Garry’s request there will be a celebration of life on Jan 16, 2009 at 3:00 PM from the Holiday Inn Westbank. 2569 Dobbin Road Westbank. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kelowna Hospice House for there exceptional care and beautiful facilities. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting 250-860-6440 Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow. Call 1-800-667-3742

PAYNE, MAUREEN At her home, surrounded by family and friends went to be with the Lord on December 24, 2009 at the age of 64 years. Survived by her loving husband of 44 years Bryan, two daughters: Angela (Jerry) Mc Alduff and their two children Tayler and Nathan; Connie (Vince) Kuipers; brother Joseph (Cindy) Kelly; sisters: Sharon (Henry) Bakker, Dorothy (Tony) Spaziani. Sadly predeceased by mother Violet and father Thomas, brothers Herbert and Ross. “As one takes their last breath on Earth, I will be taking my first breath in Heaven.” There will be a celebration of Maureen’s life on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Sun Ridge Community Church, 1190 Stevens Road, West Kelowna, BC. Condolences may be sent to the family by, 250-860-7077. PICKLYK – GERRY

passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at the age of 66. Survived by his loving wife Joanne of 42 years, his sons Jason (Chelsey), Chris (Candace), three grandchildren Jordan, Brianna and Jared, his mother Mary, his brother Peter (Marion) all of Kelowna, his sisters Rose-Marie Bellman (Jerry) of Nelson, Christine Cordecedo (Russ) of Kelowna and many nieces and nephews. Sadly predeceased by his father Mike. Gerry was passionate about sports, especially minor hockey and was a former president of the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association. A private family gathering was held on Christmas Eve. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www., 250-860-7077.

It is with great sadness and loss that we announce the passing of our husband, father, son, brother, neighbour and friend to many, Jack Acres. Jack passed away at home on December 24th after suffering a heart attack. His last day on earth was also one of his best, or as he said, “a perfect day.” He skied at his favourite hill, Big White with two of our sons in “perfect” conditions, then returned home to prepare for our annual Christmas Eve party. He carved the “perfect roast” and enjoyed the early evening with those people and things most precious to him: his family and friends, and sharing fine wine, food and songs. Jack is survived by his wife Allison (Alli) McNeill and their children Sascha, Jarod, Jenner, Duncan, Emma and Noel; his mum Jean; brothers and sisters Joanne, Bruce, Bridget, Renelle and Trace; many nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles, and; many, many good friends. As Jack would have wanted, family and friends are invited to share memories and laughs at a party in his honour, December 30th, 7 p.m., Hotel Eldorado, 500 Cook Road, Kelowna. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund is being established to create a bursary in Jack’s memory to help a deserving student pursue a post secondary education. Donations can be made at any Okanagan branch of TD Canada Trust “In memory of Jack Acres.” URQUHART – CLAIRE passed away in the arms of her daughter Linda Urquhart on Christmas Day 2009 at the age of 89, one day short of her 90th birthday. Survived by her son George (Mildred Jean) Urquhart of New Brunswick, daughter Dale Urquhart of Montreal, five grandchildren, many great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Sadly predeceased by her husband Joseph Leone in 2007. Memorial service to honor her indomitable spirit will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, 250-860-7077.

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North End Moving BATHROOM Services RENOVATIONS .



250-317-7773 or visit us at:



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

Professional Workmanship Carpentry, Drywall, Painting, Plumbing, Additions, Tiles, Decks, Bathrooms etc. No Job Too Small



Call Clint, 250-575-3839





Lew Cat Ent. Carpet, Lino, Tiles, Hardwood, Laminate. Free estimates. Great rates. Lewis @ 317-6889 Work Guaranteed.




Call Richard 250-717-7043

Power Drain Cleaning Hot Water Tank Repair & Removal All Service Work Set Rates


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

FREE ESTIMATES Brush & Tree Removal Reasonable Rates Stan Korzinski 250-808-2447

JOURNEYMAN CARPENTER Available for Framing and Finishing, Garages, Decks, Renovations & Additions. Flooring, 25 ysrs. experience, licensed & insured.


Local or Long Distance Polite & Professional


Plumbing & Irrigation Services 250-808-PIPE(7473)


Book now for landscape projects, retaining walls, fall cleanup, Christmas Light Setup.

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





• Plowing & sanding • Comm snowblower • Trucks w/plows & bobcats • Landscaping CELL: (250) 979-8033 BUS: (250) 861-1500



In business since 1989 Licensed & insured




Specializing in shake & asphalt re-roofs. Free estimates. Ask about government rebate.


Call 250-769-8764



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Pgr: 250-861-0303 25 Years of Satisfied Customers


Home Improvements

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Kitchen Cabinets

FINISHING Carpentry. Framing, Drywall, Painting & more. Call 778-821-0104 INTERIOR Finishing & Reno’s. No Job too small, Install & Repairs. Drywall, Plumbing, Doors/Win, Baseboards, Cab., Kitchens, Bthrms, 859-2787 KRAFTWORK Service Reno’s & Repairs. Prof. Workmanship Int./Ext, No Job to Small Lic’d 718-5071 MARAINE Construction, 30 yrs. Exp. Complete Home Building/Reno’s.250-300-4657 Natural Wood Flooring Fir, Hemlock & Pine Rouck Bros. Lumby, BC 1-800-960-3388 ROSTKA ENT. Ltd. Complete int/ext. reno’s. Carpentry, drywall, painting, bsmt, decks & more. Lic’d & Insured. BBB Accred. Call: Rob 878-8049. office 764-5449. STUDZ RENOVATIONS Res. &, Comm., Carpentry, Plumbing, Elect., Tile, Drywall, Concrete, Decks, Additions, Painting. Journeymen, bonded, Ins’d. Ref’s. 250-317-8275 WOODLAKE COUNTERTOPS. Counter-tops In-stock. Kitchen Cabinets. Cutting & Finishing Services. Flat lay & Cabinetry. 250-300-6980

UPGRADE YOUR KITCHEN & BATH Don’t replace reface. Get in before that tax credit expires. Fall & winter special for remainder of Dec. we will pay the tax and we will give you free hardware. Some restrictions apply.



Landscaping ASPEN LANDSCAPING. Xmas light set-up, fall clean up, pruning & irrigation b/outs 250-317-7773. DIGGINOLES N SHIFTINSTUFF. Pickup & delivery service. Rubbish & recycling removed. Landscape, building supplies & Hay delivered, small equipment transferred. 1ton pickup, 14ft Dump trailer & 20ft Flat bed trailer. Yes we work weekends!! For quality work at reasonable rates, phone Ian 250-864-2339

Household Services BAYSHORE HOME Health has a unique health-focused house cleaning service. Until Feb. 15, book your first two hrs of cleaning and receive 2 hrs of cleaning free. Available in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and all communities in between. Call 1-877-717-7528 or email

Machining & Metal Work

Classified Ads Work!

GET BENT Metal Fab, fences, gates, railings, security bars, boat railings. 863-4418

HOME Appliances Service. All brands and models. Competitive service & prices. Phone 250-870-4535

Misc Services

Kitchen Cabinets

JOURNEYMAN CARPENTER Foundations, Framing & Finishing, 250-717-7043 Richard

BATHROOM RENO’S. Plumbing Repairs. Bathrooms By Gemini 862-6991, 764-0189

Moving & Storage


Rubbish Removal


KOSKI PLUMBING, Heating & Gas Fitting. Gas fireplace service installs, hot water tank replacement, furnace service & replacement. Repairs, reno’s. Residential, commercial. Bonded & insured. Call Troy, 250-718-0209

ERIK & His Truck Junk Removal, loads from $39.99 250-859-9053, 250-868-8454.

BOXING week special, purebred 3mo old female Bichon puppies, 1st shots, dewormed, litter trained, wonderful family pet w/great disposition. $450/ea. 250-832-4923.

AAA Best Rates Moving $59+/hr. “Why Pay More” Short/Long Distance. Free Est. Res/Comm, 861-3400 DAN-MEL MOVING. 16’ One ton + 7x12 Trailer. Local/Long Haul. Bonded/Insured. Dan 215-0147/250-766-1282. Family Movers. Moving? Anything, anywhere. Local and long distance throughout 2009. 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 Services Local/Long Distance welcome, Free Estimates 250-470-9498

Painting & Decorating 100% AFFORDABLE Painting Exp, quality. Int Paint/ceilings. Winter Specials. Terry 863-9830 or 768-1098

Roofing & Skylights CCR Roofing. 20yrs Exp. Specializing in shake & asphalt reroofs. Free Est. Ask about government rebate. 769-8764

Rubbish Removal #1 - BBB Kelowna Junk Removal Ltd. (1998) Scrap metal, wood,appls, etc. House, yard, building site, rental properties, renovations, etc. WCB Coverage. Lrg 3/2/1 & 1/2ton trucks 718-0992 or 861-7066 250-808-0733 SKYHIGH DISPOSAL, Junk Removal fr. $75., Bin Rentals fr. $125.


LARRY’S LITTLE DUMPER We haul little loads of anything, landscaping materials, & Junk to the dump Call 250-718-1114 ✔✔✔ THAT GUY & His Work Truck LTD. Junk Removal & Bin Rentals 10,15 & 20 yard Bins. We haul EVERYTHING

FAMILY Owned since 1974. NOW MY SON and DAUGHTER ARE LEARNING THE TRADE. 29 YEAR Tradesman Painter. Reasonable rates, insured, references. FREE estimates and Advice. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. Ken! (250)717-7569 A GOLDENLINE Painting, Commercial/Residential, Interior/Ext. 604-716-9732 Collect.

Home or Jobsite, Renovations Cheapest rates in the Valley

APPLESTAR Painting Ltd. Affordable, Reliable, Quality. 24/7 Com/Res. Nick 870-1803

250-575-5383 All JUNK Removal, Yard Waste, Dump Runs, Call Ryan @ 250-469-1288 BOB’S ONE TON. Clean-up, 25yrs satisfied customers. 765-2789, 861-0303 pgr DIGGINOLES N SHIFTINSTUFF. Pickup & delivery service. Rubbish & recycling removed. Landscape, building supplies & Hay delivered, small equipment transferred. 1ton pickup, 14ft Dump trailer & 20ft Flat bed trailer. Yes we work weekends!! For quality work at reasonable rates, phone Ian 250-864-2339

COLOR CONSULTATIONS. Interior Re-paints, Reno’s Custom Blinds, Diane 212-6128

Plumbing ✔✔✔✔ XCEL PLUMBING, Irrigation, Gas Fitting and drain cleaning. Comm/res and reno’s. Service & hot water tanks. 575-3839 ALL Service Work, Drain cleaning, Hotwater Tanks, Rocket Ross@ 808-7473

Snowclearing AFFORDABLE Snow Plowing. Bobcat with 8’ bucket. Res/ Comm. Call 250-801-2704

SNOW REMOVAL Okanagan Snow Removal is able to meet all your winter needs: Parking lots, Fire lanes, Sidewalks, Sanding and De-icing. Being in business for 16 years allows us to offer the lowest prices Guaranteed! For a free estimate call Jon @ 250-300-9225 TREMBLAY’S EXCAVATING Snow plowing, sanding, comm snow blower. Ins’d. 979-8033

Sundecks KELOWNA Deck & Rail. Serving the OK for 12yrs. Vinyl decking & railings 878-2483

Tree Services FULL Tree Service Expert, Certified Faller. 18yrs Exp. (250)765-3577, 250-801-0193 LOW Winter Rates. Rob’s Tree Care Ltd. “For all your tree care needs” 212-8656 STANS CHIPPING. Tree Removal & Chipping. Free Est. 808-2447. Licensed & Insured.

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



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BULLMASTIF puppies 5 females left $999 250-573-7529

✔ ✔✔ Jackpine @ $140/cord, Ponderosa Pine, $125/cord. Split & Del. Sm. Loads avail. 762-5469 Jim.

CKC reg male yellow lab puppy, for show work or just a great addition to the family. To approved caring forever home, $1000. (250)549-4361

$90 Pine, $130 Fir, full cab high loads, split, well dried, delivered. 250-762-6552

PUG BOSTON BULL X Vet checked, 1st shots, family raised. $600/ea. Ready for Christmas. Male & female, blk or tan 250-558-4806 Vernon

A Full size Truck load of Guaranteed dry Jack Pine. Delivered 2/3 cord $100. 707-0593.

TRINITY SHEPERDS Long haired & high bred pups. See Kijiji Vernon 250-547-9763

Clean, barkless, Douglas Fir, split, 1/2 cord, $75 incl tax. Call Shoreline Pile Driving @ (250)769-7694.


FIREWOOD For Sale. $135/cord, 4”Hx4”W, 8’L plus delivery from W. Kelowna to Peachland, Winfield & Big White area. Vic 250-979-1598, 250-801-5085

* WEEKLY SPECIALS Kitchen-Aide Mixers from $199.99. 18cuft Fridges from $299.99. 7cuft Freezers $249.99. Selling scratch & dent Brand names you can trust. Prices that can’t be beat. Come in & check us out. SMART CHOICE LIQUIDATORS. 3124 30th Ave, Downtown Vernon 250-549-5010. Unit #4-2720 Hwy 97N, Kelowna, 250-712-9855.

FIREWOOD For Sale. $135/cord, 4”Hx4”W, 8’L plus delivery from W. Kelowna to Peachland, Winfield & Big White area. Vic 250-979-1598, 250-801-5085

GARAGE Stored Fir & Pine mix, $90. pick-up load delivered. 250-575-4574

Farm Equipment


5400 John Deere Tractor w/540 loader. 250-765-9061

6PC Cherry sleigh bdrm set. Queen bed, dresser, mirror, chest, 2 night stands. New!! Still boxed. Worth $5000, Sell $1695 Can deliver. call 1250-550-6648, 250-550-6647

83 95hp JD 2950 loader tractor, dual, forks, bucket, clean, in good cond. (250)546-6084


BRAND new Sectional couch with ottoman, microfiber (2 colors to choose from) $899 call 1-250-550-6647

RUSSIAN SKS’s - Special Selection, cleaned, oiled & inspected, $299. Ammo - 1120 RDS-Case $195. Weber & Markin, The Okanagans Professional Gunsmiths for over 25 yrs. 4-1691 Powick Rd, Kelowna, (250)762-7575

MOVING In House Sale. Ent. cabinet(tall). Substantial lawn swing & clothes. 860-4482

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Free Items

BLACK Labrador Retrievers, ready to go now $325. 250-375-0061 leave msg.

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YAMAHA Organ, working condition. Call 250-765-2030



Enterprises Ltd.

The Okanagan’s Renovation Specialists Residential and Commercial, Additions, Garages, Basements, Windows, Doors, Decks, Fencing, Carpentry, Drywalling, Painting Top Quality Worksmanship & Service

Rob 250-878-8049 Off. 250-764-5449 Lic. & Insured - Ref’s available (WCB Coverage)

FLOORING • Custom Floor Refinishing • Supply & Install of Hwd., Laminate, Cork & Tile • Samples to your door • BBB Accredited • Licensed & Insured Call Rick 250-808-7668


• New & Existing Heating Systems • Heat pumps, A/C • Gas fitting • Licensed & Insured. • Replacement Furnace.

Call Wayne (250) 215-6767

PAINTERS • Commercial Int & Ext. • Residential Int. & Ext. • New & Renovations Serving Summerland to Lake Country Call Nick 250-870-1803



DRYWALL SERVICES & REPAIRS New work & renovation work. Over 30 yrs. experience. Framing, boarding, taping, texture t-bar ceilings & insulation. Call Ken 250-212-9588


• Bath Remodels • Decks • Drywall

• Kitchen Remodels • Painting • Plumbing

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


A Division of Bayside Developments Ltd.


Qualified, Reliable. • Bonded •Installations • Repairs • Renovations • H. Water Tank • Washer, Dryer • Dishwasher Over 30 yrs. Experience


Kelowna • 250-717-5500

Licensed, Bonded & Insured Independently Owned and Locally Operated



Well Built Construction

A & S Electric

• Acrylic tub liners installed right over your old tub & tiles • Tub to shower conversions • Complete renovations #1-1255 Bernard Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 6R3



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)


Two Ply Torch On Systems • Asphalt Shingles • Tile Roofing • New & Re-roofs • Repairs/Maintenance • Guaranteed Workmanship


Call Walter 250-766-5580 Cell 250-317-2279



Excavator & Bobcat Service, Sewer Hookups, Underground Utilities, Footing, Backfilling, Basements, Driveways, Landscaping, Retaining Walls, Rubber Track Excavator w/ blade. Estimates, Fully Insured. Kory 250-451-9095 Cell: 250-869-9125 Serving Kelowna, Westside, Lk Country


D. FRANCIS ELECTRIC LTD Residential/Commercial/Industrial. Small jobs, new construction & renovations, panel changes, quality workmanship. Contractor #91625.

250-768-9967 250-317-6843

INTERIOR DESIGN PLUMBING & HEATING COLOUR CONSULTATIONS Special Savings On Custom Drapes, Blinds & Painting • Painting • Renovations

PLATINUM INTERIORS Diane 250-212-6128



Gas fireplace service installs, hot water tank replacement, furnace service & replacement. Repairs, reno’s. Residential, commercial. Bonded & Insured

Call Troy, 250-718-0209

Servicing the Okanagan for 12+ yrs. Vinyl & Modular decking. Aluminum picket, glass & topless railing.

Call George 250-878-2483


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



& Removal. Truck, bobcat, dump trailer, commercial/residential, licensed, insured. Free Estimates!


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MARAINE CONSTRUCTION Over 30 yrs. experience. Quality workmanship •Carpentry, Drywall, Framing, Tiling, Cabinet, Deck, Plumbing, Flooring, etc. •Mobile workshop

Call Martin @ 250-300-4657

Residential Snow Removal • Driveways, walkways, sand & de-icing Call Ryan @ Vantage Point


CARPENTRY FINISHING CARPENTER • Renovations • Custom Furniture No jobs too small References Available Quality Workmanship Cliff Seymour @ 250-859-4222

at these great businesses for all your

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Furniture TOTAL Office Christmas Sale! -Blowout Prices! NEW Student Tables Only $79-$89! LikeNew 2, 4, 5 Drawer Vertical/Lateral Filing Cabinets Starting at Only $89! NEW 6 FT Folding Resin Tables Only $59! NEW Task Chairs and Exec. Chairs Up to 60% Off! Like-New Wood Bistro Table+4 Wood Stools Only $295! Incredible Looking New Bar Stools Reg. $239 Now Only $99! Like New Guest Chairs $5! White Folding Chairs Only $5! Please Ask Us about Our Instant Office/Divider Pannel Systems. Hurry! Call us today 250-717-1626 and ask for Adam, or Nicole. Please Visit our Kelowna Showroom at 420 Banks Road.


Check out our ongoing specials

250-763-7114 Jewels, Furs I Want to buy your unwanted GOLD & SILVER & COINS! Local Collector looking for Gold & Silver & Coins. Up to 95% of spot price. Local Buyer 250-300-6622.

Misc. for Sale FIREWORKS for sale Duck Lake Race Trac Gas, Hwy 97 N. Dec 30 & 31/09 11am-5pm. 20% all remaining stock. HAND Crafted Snow Shoes, $250. Electric Snow Shovel $50. Micron Medalic Skates size 10 $30, Transformer 220-460V $1200. 768-4792 MOVING Sale, must sell, piano/organ, household furnishings, lg. freezer,etc. 763-5661 PICK-UP TRUCK TOOL BOXES and TRUXEDO TRUCK BED COVERS. Lowest prices in Canada guaranteed when you buy online at

baby book by telling your community about the birth of your little bundle of joy in The Capital New’s

BABIES OF 2009 FEATURE ! to run Sunday January 17th! Deadline is Mon. Jan. 11th Book a 2 col x 2” space for $67+tax or a 2 col x 4” space for $120.60+tax Call 250-763-7114 or email

Musical Instruments PIANOS Warehouse Sale @ Moir Pianos. STEINWAY, HEINTZMAN, YAMAHA and more !! Priced to Sell !! Call Richard @ 764-8800

Sporting Goods SHOTGUN AMMO SPECIAL. 250 Rds 12ga #8 shotgun shells + 135 orange clay targets, $99 taxes incl, Weber & Markin Gunsmiths, 4-1691 Powick Rd. Kel. 250-762-7575

Stereo / DVD / TV TAKE 2 VIDEO. 101-1100 Lawrence Ave. 250-762- 3448. Mondays: 7 older rentals for 7days/$7 tax incl. Over 7000 movie/game title in stock.


SUNNY MESA ARIZONA, NEW golf course homes, starting at $200,000 US. Marcel Payeur 250-558-8674 THINKING OF SELLING? For a confidential, no obligation, free market evaluation of your property call Mark Jontz, Royal Lepage 762-9446 or 860-1100 anytime.

2 Occasional chairs, $15ea. Call 250-765-2030 2 office chairs, $15ea. Call 250-765-2030 60 New 4 cube moving boxes $100 or buy in smaller amounts. ph (250)707-2123 80 New 2 cube moving boxes. $100 or buy in smaller amounts. ph (250)707-2123 MATTRESS, (double or queen) for sale. Like new. $100. Call 250-769-6482 STUDENT Desk, mahogany, locking drawer, $35. 250-764-4298 VENTURER Karoake Machine, $15. Call 250-765-2030

19” Citizen TV, silver casing/ remote, 4yrs old, works well, $150. Call 250-768-5787 COMPUTER System, WIN XP, Internet ready, excellent condition, $200. 869-2363 Kel

$300 & Under COMPUTER LAPTOP, WIN XP, internet, excellent condition, $300. 250-869-2363 (Kel)

Mobile Homes & Parks CHOOSE this brand new moderately priced home and create a more playful lifestyle. “Sierras” a modern & urban neighborhood where you’ll enjoy being close to shops/services, big box stores, entertainment & recreation. Appealing 3 bed, 2 bath, move in ready home bank pmts $995 oac, $5,000 down or $159,900 + gst. Hurry! Limited availability. Accent Homes 769-6614.

NEW homes. New neighborhoods. Fast possession.

KELOWNA west,5 fully serviced lots,72x120 partial view,build immed,Ken 6046574923 Jim 6043073923

Purchase 3 (1 col x 2”) ad spaces to help SELL YOUR HOME and get the 4th ad FREE! for only $144+tax! OR Upgrade to 3 (2 col x 2”) ad spaces with the 4th FREE! for only $280+tax! Your ad can include a picture or graphic, a short description of your property as well as a bold box surrounding it to really make it pop! To ensure you sell your property as quickly as possible; call 250-763-7114 or email


LAKE COUNTRY 2 bed/2bath condo in Newer Development 842 sq.ft 6 appl, Pool, Gym, Hottub, Lounge Move in Now $269,900 and save the GST Contact 250-550-0399 THINKING OF SELLING? For a confidential, no obligation, free market evaluation of your property call Mark Jontz, Royal Lepage 762-9446 or 860-1100 anytime.

Houses For Sale $1132/MONTH (or less) with 10% down is what you’ll pay net of rent for a 3200 home in a secluded, prestigious and quiet area only 10 minutes to downtown. This home has a magnificent unimpeded view of the lake. It has 3 1/2 baths, 4 bedrooms and a bonus room and a completely separated downstairs suite (historically rents for $1285/mo but above #’s calculated at $1000/mo) to help with the mortgage. Mountain trails are steps from your front door. There is an expansive, partially covered deck to enjoy the view in any weather. The home is very presentable but ready to be updated according to your personal tastes and offers exceptional value for somebody who would like to settle into such a fine neighborhood. $499,900. 250-764-6135 1740SQ.FT. Executive in Sol Terra Ranch! Full basement, double garage, loads of upgrades & zoned for a secondary suite! Priced at $50,000.00 below replacement! Sol Terra office now open. Visit the show home now or call Lake Country Modular, located next to the SRI Winfield factory. Call 1 - 8 6 6 - 7 6 6 - 2 2 1 4 . ***** Where smart sellers meet smart buyers! View Thompson Okanagan properties for sale.// Selling? No Commission. (250) 545-2383 or 1-877-291-7576 PANORAMIC OKANAGAN VIEWS! Affordable 4-bedroom rancher w/basement and garage in pristine, 19+ community. Park-like setting. Across from prov park. Close to Kelowna Airport. $389,900 Betty Anne Tarini, RE/MAX Kelowna,eatar (778)821-0129 THINKING OF SELLING? For a confidential, no obligation, free market evaluation of your property call Mark Jontz, Royal Lepage 762-9446 or 860-1100 anytime.

Homes Wanted MUST SELL. Fixer Uppers, Foreclosures & Distress sales. Free list w/pics MacDonald Rlty

Apt/Condo for Rent 1BD or 2bd, avail immed. Quiet, secured, updated building located in DT area. Walking dist to shopping. Culteral district, Waterfront Park, bus route. Incl FS, DW. Building amenities include beautiful landscaped courtyard, laundry room & covered secure prking. Price starts at $760. Ask about signing bonus avail for Nov. Contact Jagoda for more info at 250-762-0571 1 BDRM & 2 BDRM: DW, W/D hook-ups. Spectacular lakeviews. Award winning gardens. 1/2 block to Gyro beach, bus & Mission Park shops. Indoor pool, hot tub & fitness center. $960-$995. No pets. 3195 Walnut St. 250-762-3455 1BDRM apartment, short walk to Capri Mall, all appl., 55+, np, ns, newly painted, $750mo. Call 250-860-6075

Brand new. Choose your drywall colors! Move in by Xmas! 3 bed. 2bath. Modern. Urban. Sierras. #1321-2440 Old Okanagan Hwy. $189,000.00 +gst

2BD apartment avail immed in quiet complex on Lakeshore Rd. $925 incl utils. Lndry facilities on site. Call 250-860-4666 and ask about move in incentives for Deccember & January

Buying or Selling?

Acreage for Sale

Apt/Condos for Sale

FOR Y B E L A S R E N W O 3300SQ’ ranch with full bsmt, quick possession, close to school, shoppng, downtown, high efficiency furnace, ac, heated flr in kit., hrwd flr, tile, carpet, 3bd on main, lrg livingrm, 2 sep ent, gas FP, storage, garage, bi vac & surround system on both levels. Call 250-899-2366

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009 2BD Full lwr. flr. of house, Westbank, new reno’s carpet & paint, lg. priv. fnc’d. yrd. $775. Gary (250)768-4383 Enjoy the comfort of “Sierras” Central West Kelowna location. close to all amenities & recreation. Bank payments from $975 o.a.c. 3 bed & 2 bath from $169,000.

Eagle’s View from the big sundeck ! Grade level entry. Walk out Basement. 2 bed & 2 bath on main floor. Full bath downstairs. Price includes property $349,000 + GST. Trades ?

ACCENT HOMES CALL 250-769-6614 CLICK: Take The Tour !

Showhomes open daily 1680 Ross Rd. West Kelowna. WEST KELOWNA. ModernUrban neighborhood,”Sierras”. Walking distance to big box stores, recreation & entertainment. You can own a new 3 bed, 2 bath home from $1350/mo oac! Take the Tour, you’ll like our showhomes. Call Accent Homes 250-769-6614

Townhouses 3BD, 1.5bth, close to downtown, totally reno’d, beautiful priv yard, deck & garden, $289,000. 250-826-2284 3BR, 2.5bth, quiet neighborhood. Under bank appraisal. View #26210 or call Jim 763-6808 THINKING OF SELLING? For a confidential, no obligation, free market evaluation of your property call Mark Jontz, Royal Lepage 762-9446 or 860-1100 anytime.

Acreage SHUSWAP RIVER FRONT 11.3 acres w/shop. $400,000. 1985 house on 22.5 acres. $800.000. 15.9 acres. $400,000. Water and services. 250-838-7660.

Apt/Condo for Rent 1000SQ.FT 2bdrm apt. near golf course, new flooring, gas f/p, skylight, 5-appl. very clean, covered & uncovered prkg. sm. pet ok, $1200/mo. Avail. Feb 1. (250)306-2139 1BD +den, New, golf comm. in Quail, wd insuite, pool/ht/gym, Avail. Immed., ns, $ 250-864-6273, 250-878-4343 1BDRM $780 incls heat. NP. Clean, safe, quiet enviro. Close to bus, lake & shops. Pls call Heather 250-763-7955

2 BDRM & 1 BDRM: New reno, SS, granite, DW, W/D. Spectacular lakeviews. Award winning gardens. 1/2 block to Gyro beach, bus & Mission Park shops. Indoor pool, hot tub & fitness center. $960-$1220. No pets. 3195 Walnut St. 250-762-3455 2 BDRM 2 BATH: Deluxe top floor suite, spectacular lakeviews, vaulted ceiling, 600 sqft balc, FP, walk-in closet, ensuite, DW, W/D. Award winning gardens. 1/2 block to Gyro Beach, bus & Mission Park shops. Indoor pool, hot tub & fitness centre. $1375-$1495. No pets. 3195 Walnut St. 250-762-3455 2 BDRM, $975 + hydro, f/s, NO PETS, on Rutland Rd. South, Belgo Area, on bus route, Avail. now. 491-3345 or 869-9788 (Cell) 2 BDRM, $975 + hydro, f/s, NO PETS, on Rutland Rd. South, Belgo Area, on bus route, Avail. now. 491-3345 or 869-9788 (Cell) 2 br 2 bthr new quality condo in desirable Old Glenmore, Check www.centrepointkelow, near Apple Bowl, Parkinson Rec, Downtown, cycl/walk route, Kel G & C Club & Orchard Park, top floor quiet side with nice mtn view, 11 ft c, granite ct, 6 SS appls, fp, tile and carpet, storage, sec ug heated parking, no smokers, small pet ok, good deal to right tenants at 1200 + util, avail Feb 1st., 250-765-7170. ACROSS Fr. OK College, 2bd 2ba, separated by living/dinning rm., kit & laundry, secure prkng., ns, $ + $550dd, 864-4713 & 769-4713 AVAIL Dec 1, new 2bd, 2bth, geo-thermal, 6appl, walk to DT, secure ug prking, locker, $1250+power. 250-212-4972, 250-765-2517 JAN. 15th-Mission 2bed +den, 2bth. w/pool, gym, restaurant, etc. in bldg. Great layout & like new. Convenient 1st fl. w/o to patio by the creek. Secure u/g prking. Asking $1400./mo. Call Trish 250-215-0007 NEWER 2 bed/2bath condo – Lake Country $1075 ns/np close to amenities, bus route 6 appl, 1 u/g parking & storage. Gym, Pool, Hottub, Lounge Avail Immed 250-550-0399 PENTHOUSE Corner suite, 2bd, 2bth, 990sq’, WD, FS, DW, SS appl, AC, small pet, $1300+1/2dd. Avail Jan/Feb 1st.. 250-861-5461 THE WESTWYND POINT APARTMENTS behind Orchard Park Mall, adult oriented, NP. 1bd, 1bth from $735, 1bd+den, 1bth, $830, 2bd, 2bth, $995, 2bd corner suite, 2bth, $995. Please call for appnt: 250-868-3432 250-470-8026

Apartment Furnished NEW Furnished bsmt suite in the Mission; close to H20 Rec facilities. 2 bdrms, kitchen, living room, bathroom and laundry. $900 incl’s utilities and internet. Avail Jan1 No parties, no smoking, no pets. 250-317-4874 or

Commercial/ Industrial HWY 97N for lease 1acre of Industrial compounded yard, 250-765-3295 - 250-860-5239

Duplex / 4 Plex 1&2BD. Near downtown. Utils incl, WD, prking, NP, NS. Senior building. Reduced rate for caretakers helper. $725-$925. 250-878-0136 2BD. 1287 Lawrence Ave. Avail. immed, w/d, ns, np, $950. utils incl. 250-878-0136 2BD 1/2 duplex for rent, avail immed. New paint, shared lndry, $950+DD. Downtown location. 250-878-8291 or 250-979-1506 2BD, 4appl, lower level, sep ent, yard & storage, nice are in Springvalley, very clean, $950 incl utils. NS, NP. Call 250-765-3642 3 bdrm duplex - Available Feb1. Lakeview Hts. $1150/mo. Newly reno’d. Approx 1400 ft2. Close to bus stop. Large yard, cov’d parking. No smoking. Call Cindy (250)681-5360 4BD, 2Bth, New Reno, 4 Appl, Blinds, Fenced Yard. Walk to school/shops. NP, Rutland. $1250/mth. 250-765-2635 4-PLEX in Orchard, 1 units 2bd avail immed. $850mo incl utils & dd. 250-863-9737 FOR $1150/month plus utilities you can lease a beautiful and spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhome in Peachland at the Eagle’s View complex, townhome is near new. Safe, quiet, and only 20 min to downtown Kelowna, 8 minutes to West Kelowna, or 30 min to Penticton. Granite counters, stainless steel appliances, hardwood and tile floors, wine fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, patio, even the garage has a lakeview! An amazing townhome for a great price considering all this place has to offer! No smoking, no pets. Available January 1, 2010 or possibly sooner. Call Amy to arrange a viewing at 250-718-9881 or email Show home pics at http://www.discovereagles TWO 2bdrm upper units in central Wbank. One AVAIL NOW, another avail Jan 1. Both reno’d with 5 new appls W/D Prkg NS/NP $850 +utils Rob, 250-767-6330

Homes for Rent 1BD Cabin, f/s, w/d, woodstove, $ Avail. Jan.1. 250-765-1646 & 250-808-5354 1BD Cottage, very quiet, in park-like setting along Mission Crk. KLO area, sing. prof. pref. 1 person only, ns, ndogs, cat?, $ +pwr, 250-762-6627 1BD, Ellison. FS, WD, avail immed. NS, NP, $750 + utils. DD & ref’s. 250-765-5208 275A Nickel Rd, 3B.R., 1.5bth up st., 1 down st., livingroom, kitchen. (250)860-2930 2BDRM House cls. to everything downtown $1050+utils. fs/wd,861-1148, 250-317-1864 2-BEDROOM, 5-Appliances, Garage, Patio, $1100 OR 3Bedroom, 5-Appliances, Garage, Patio, Pet OK, $1400. Free Sample Search. 250-860-1961 - Register Online 3-$700. OFF 4th Month Rent. Are You between houses? Save yourself all the packing by renting a large, furnished & outfitted suite or house with all utilities, phone & internet setup. Available for short-term leases. Secluded street with fabulous view in Lakeview Heights, $1085 - $2475/mo. 250-764-6135 3BD. 1ba. Clean & Bright, updated, for quiet tenants. NS, NPtys, NP, share laundry, appl. incl., Springfield/Hollywood Rd. area. $1100. Call 250-448-2503 3 bdrm/1.5 bath Bungalo. W/D, D/W hook-up, F/S. Pets ok. Phone 778-846-7434

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3BD 2bath, top flr house, Rutland, close to bus, 1600 sqft, school & Macs store, Avail. Now. ns, np, $1200+utils. 250-575-0940 3BD in Rutland, $1350 incl utils. Dec 1. 1.5bth, DW, FS, natural gas FP, shr’d lndry, BI Vac, cov’d deck, carport, lrg backyard, ug irrigation, close to amens, NP, NS. 215-1182 3BDR house near hospital, fen’d yard, carport, sundeck, shr’d lndry, non smoking, no pets, mature adults, ref’s. $1025. 250-801-9900 3 BDRM 1.5 BATH: W/D, large yard, carport, shed. 1/2 block to beach, bus & Mission Park shops. Pet OK. $1395+utils. 370 Meikle. 250-762-3455 3BDRM GLENROSA Area. $1575mo+utilities. Available Jan 1st. NO PETS. 250-8699788 or 250-491-3345 3BDRM, Winfield area, $1550 +utils. NO PETS. Avail Dec 1 or sooner. Overlooks Wood Lake on East side. Close to schools. Call 250-869-9788 or 250-491-3345 3BD, Winfield Home, no bsmt, 6appl, AC, deck, Avail. NS, NP, ref’s. $1250.+dd, utils. 250-861-0656 (cell) 4BD, 2ba, Duplex w/2bd. suite, share/inlaws/friends, $1695. 250-860-6995 4BD, Country living, Avail now! np, ns, working couple or retired, $1400./mo. 765-5656 EXCEPTIONAL, quiet, desirable Mission, close to lake, 2.5bdm, mature couple/seniors. Long-term, NS, ND, NP. $1200+utils. Excellent references. 764-1237 lve msg FULLY furn’d. 1bd house on acreage near Kelowna, all utils & cbl incl. Avail immed. Quiet, mature tenants only. $850. 250-861-8907, 250-317-2546 LAKESHORE: West Kelowna, 2 bdrm, dbl garage, hot tub, gym, exercise rm, pool, int., sat., fully furnished. $1500 incl utils. (250)863-1544. RENT or Rent-to-Own with $20,000.downpymnt. Westside Rd/LaCasa. 2bdrm+den cottage/home Av. now. F/P, lrg deck, garage, w/d, 30mins. to Kelowna, $1200. +utils. ns/np. 250-769-0980 RUTLAND 3BDRM 2bath double car garage, NS, NP, Avail. Now, Call 250-864-1341 $1250+utilities, near bus-stop & school. 2bdrm bsmt, 1bth, $850/mth.


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CAPRI Mall/ Rona area, freshly painted room with all new furniture in 3bd/2bth reno’d townhouse. Quiet family complex, 1/2blk to bus but incl 1 prking spot, suitable for stdnt or working single, incl all utils, cbl, int & lndry. Avail Jan 1. $450. 250-717-3464 or 250-864-4515 CLEAN Furn rooms/suites DT Kel., WD, utils incl. $475+/mo. Quiet male. 250-861-5757 FURN’D ROOM for clean, mature, N/S student, working person. Near KLO Campus. Refs & DD req. 250-762-5122. furnished & unfurnished rooms. Utils, cbl & int included, $375-$500mo. 250-870-7183 ROOM for rent. Sole occupancy for wrkg male, pensioner or student. Share kitchen, bthrm, W/D, cable. Quiet home. $250 DD, $500. 250-860-7590 aft 6 SHARED accom upstairs, hrwd flr, nice & clean, prefer male. $550. 250-862-6752

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Shared Accommodation DT furnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d 2bd hse. Priv ent, yard, prking, int/cbl incl, NS, wrking/stdnt. $550. 762-0996 GREAT newly renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d lrg suite. all inclusive, $450. NS, NP. Female only. Rutland, refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Jenny, 250-765-5914 JAN. 1st. unfurnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. 1bd., Lg. living rm. dwnstrs., share kit/bath upstrs., $400.+utils 250-864-0056, 778-436-9027 LRG Bdrm in Condo w/priv. bath, in-suite lndry & a/c for ns male stdnt/wrkg. $500incl. utils Mike 868-0656Paula 212-3803 RESP, quiet adult reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. $475 incl utils. Avail Jan.15. NP, NS. 250-826-1199 ROOM 4 rent, must have refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. gym, games room, $450-$500/mo. 250-575-0741 ROOM for rent, close to all amens, utils & net incl, NP, Nparties, $450. 250-801-8648

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1BD 1Ba +Den $775. Upper Mission, nice, lvl entry, newer home, priv ent & lndry, quiet prof. NS, NP. 250-764-8854 1BD. Bsmt. ste. Cent. Rutland, f/s, wireless, shared laundry, incl. util/sat. tv. ns, np, $725. Avail. now. 250-765-7303 1 BDRM Bsmt suite, close to DT & bus, incl. F/S, W/D, NS, NP, quiet, responsible tenant., recently updated. $725/mo incl utils. Jan 1st. (250)860-7694, 763-1222, 212-9542 1 BDRM ground ďŹ&#x201A;oor suite: W/D, 1/2 blk to beach, bus & Mission Park shops. $650+utils. 387 Meikle. 250-869-0098 1-BEDROOM, 4-Appliances, Patio, $700 Including Utilities, Cable & Internet OR 2-Bedroom, 4-Appliances, Fireplace, $800 Including Utilities. 250-860-1961 Register Online. www.homeďŹ 2BD bsmt suite avail. Rutland area. $800 incl utils. NS, NP. Call 250-864-7404 2BD. DT/Bankhead, $750. incl. utils. f/s, shared w/d, & bckyrd., Avail. now. 491-1088. 2BD, full ba, Mn Flr. 1200sf, 5appl., 1/2 utils, stone FP, kit island, updated $1200. Nr. Orchard Plaza, Dec. 1, 868-5912 2BD in Glenmore area with garage. View. WD, responsible female. $750. 769-0661 2 bdm WinďŹ eld bsmt, priv ent., FS, NS, NP, avail now, $790 incl utils, DD. 250-861-0656 2BD, New, Bright nr Hosp. ns/np, share laundry. Mature & resp. adults w/ref. $825/mo. Call 250-470-8622. 2BDRM, 1bth Suite in new home(WinďŹ eld). 4appl, near university, priv entry & patio. Own laundry, NP, NS.Jan.1st. $1000incl utils. (250)869-4542 2BDRM suite in Rutland area, $900 utils incl. NP, close to school. Dec 15. 250-317-9489 2 bdrm suite, N. Rutland, incl cbl, ac, elec. & lndry. N/S, N/P, near school & bus. Avail. Now, $950/mo 765-7619 Kim, 250-859-6379. 2BD. suite, bright & spacious, ground ďŹ&#x201A;r., N. Glenmore, $ Util/sat. incl. Shared W/D, sep. ent., nr. bus/school/shops/park, np, ns, nprtys, Avail. now. call (250)448-5363, 250-215-1378 AVAIL immed. 2bd, 1bth, daylight suite, Glenrosa, 4 appl incl, NS, NP, $700 incl utils. Ann, after 6pm 250-861-4952 LAKEVIEW Westside exec 1bd suite, furnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, fully maintained. All you need is your suitcase. $1000. Also MainďŹ&#x201A;r large bdrm. Fully maintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. NS. 250-864-5474 NEAR UBCO/Airport. Bright, clean, 2bd, FS, WD. NS, NP, DD. $900 incl utils. 801-8542 SPACIOUS 3BDRM, gas FP, laundry, garden setting w/lakeview, WinďŹ eld. NS, NP. $1200 utils incl. School-bus route. Avail now. 250-717-6910 WINFIELD 2bdrm bsmt ste on bus route. $850/mo incl utils, cable, internet, parking. N/s, N/p. 250-766-3884


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Suites, Lower SELF contained and private 1 Bedroom walkout basement suite; 1200 sq ft; Living Room with wood burning ďŹ replace, Dining Room; Private entrance; Private laundry; Storage room; Off-street parking; Patio with lake view; 5 appliances; Non Smoker; $950 per month; $450 Damage deposit; Central air, cable and Utilities included; Available 17 Jan 2010; Located right across the bridge on the Westside in an established quiet residential area (West Kelowna Estates); minutes from downtown Kelowna; Contact at 769-5378 or

Our classified ads are on the net! Check it out at Suites, Upper 1BD, Small, f/s, w/d, best suited 1 person, $600. incl. utils. Avail. Jan. 1. 250-491-2127 2BD 1ba, 4appl., nr. Plaza 33, small pets ok, cls. to bus/ shops, $800. 250-862-9429 2BDRM suite avail soon, lndry incl, NS, NP. $800. Call 250-718-6505 2BDRM Upper Suite, Private entrance and balcony, quiet creekside location, close to schools, shopping, hospital. $800 +utils. NS, NP, call 250-868-8106 3-$700. OFF 4th Month Rent. Are You between houses? Save yourself all the packing by renting a large, furnished & outďŹ tted suite or house with all utilities, phone & internet setup. Available for short-term leases. Secluded street with fabulous view in Lakeview Heights, $1085 - $2475/mo. 250-764-6135

Townhouses 2BD. 2Ba. MOVE IN BONUS! Fresh, renovated Townhome, bright, clean, 1100 sqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, 2 car prk., AC, 3appl, WD hook-up, great clean complex, nr. Athens pool, NS. Ask for bonus, 1yr lease. $995. 250-763-8439 Avail Now click on Laurel Crt. 2BD, 2bth, 5appl, newly renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d on Duck Lake, near airport & university, 1200sqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, NS, NP. 250-765-2975, 250-305-8220 2BD in heart of Westbank, cls. to amenities, 1000sf, $995. +util. Avail. Feb. 1, 768-8796 3BD. 3ba. Twnhse., Gyro Beach, SS appl., 2cars, Jan. 1, $ 3 storey, cls. to lake/shops, 250-868-5912

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REDUCED: $500.00 250-869-7362, 778-478-7769 2000 ZX2, Ford Escort, 110kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Silver Sport Edition, 5spd, moonroof, 6pkg CD, great for student, $4950. Call Tara 250-765-9596 FOR Sale 1996 Serbring Convertible. Excellent shape, runs great. New top, all maintenance has been done. Great on gas. 143K. White in color, new black top. New tires, automatic asking $4000.00. Phone 250-768-3885 or cell 317-3144 MERCEDES Benz SL 500, asking $12,500 obo. Call 250-862-6752

Cars - Sports & Imports 2009 Chev Aveo LT, 13,700k 5spd, loaded, $15,000 or assume 0% loan for $271.80/mo. (incl. taxes) (250)545-9570 MERCEDES 2000 sport convertible hardtop, auto & standard, excellent cond., only $16,000. Old man, retired. 250-448-9088

Vehicle Lease / Rent 2008 Chev Equinox LT, assume 28 month lease at $449.10/mo. + taxes, 29,000kms. (250)545-9570

Commercial Vehicles 1981 Single axle Dump Truck certiďŹ ed, new brakes & clutch $8250. 250-718-8283

Motorcycles 2008 Yamaha Raptor 700R, like new, barely ridden, $6888 obo. 250-808-2469

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Trucks & Vans 1999 GMC 2500 4x4, ex/cab, S/B, V8auto, good cond, no rust, $5000 (250)503-0320 1999 SLE GMC, 2500, 3rd door, long box, new windshield, winter tires, 379,000 kms, this vehicle has been well maintained. $7,000. obo. 778-475-0521 Vernon. 2001 Ford F150 4x4,, L/B, V8 auto, very good cond. $4900. 250-308-2225 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT, viper alarm, 5.7L Hemi, 270K, $11,000 obo. (250)308-6302 2007 Ford F-150 4X4. Ext. cab, 6.5, matching canopy, 4.6L, 56K, warranty to 2012. $20,000. 250-470-8698 2007 Ford Ranger, 4WD, 27,612kms, $14,000. Dealer #9133. 250-308-8950 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;98 Ford F150 XLT 4x4 4.6L V8. Distress sale! Ext cab, shortbox w/canopy, PW, PL, keyless ent., CDplayer, AC, 4new winters & all seasons, well cared for, easy driven, 250K. MUST SELL THIS WEEK. Nick, 250-878-6416

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See story www.kelo BAD through the wetland. driving Glenmore. commented. event this between Ziprick and Taylor to stop thisHighwa bestend, y 33year do ourthat â&#x20AC;&#x153;We willtowards working be will wi staff al SEAN CONNOR/CAPITAL NEWS Provinci as who saidA6. flatly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not their part Beck, pledged s can do in future,â&#x20AC;? and resident on other oth oted noted Kuhnke and water an acceptable form of recreation.â&#x20AC;? ve water. well to conserve waterthrough a swamp or wetwatch their to anyone driving He said D â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyonee should be advised ROA IE CHER offences commits BOU ted. land or damaging a riparian areaâ&#x2013;ź mented. use,â&#x20AC;? he commen k around Range Practices Act for causing of the Forest and thesnowpac d under O ONLINE: OON VIDEO aid the depth Kuhnke said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sis liable to a fine of $575, butand damage, variable this spring, r environment the valley is particularly the Act for changing a stream well below the Water well as under asnormalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; from 60 to 800 per cent of $230. of ne fi a carries which after the authority, lawful without He told police normal level. ns C operatio was killed and sengers. the two cars of regional driver driv The were d of a stream includes the riparian s, director definition The monds, loadY KELOWNA â&#x2013;ź that both Brian Symond thinkswamp, creek or river; or beatopond, BMW and Porsche, should of had to use the jaws of crashtowards a golf course fo message t area or shoreline try,, said the Adrian Nieoczym for the ministry ers, southbound firefighters bepasseng three ing withCONN possible ed SEAN where OR/CAPITAL NEWS yearof Stev life to extricate one of the body, he explained. wate this that water the bed about using less water STAFF REPORTER lunch, said RCMP Const. along Boucherie Road. r passengers in the BMW. is intended to prevent environThe legislation cause of the reduced runoff. Holmes. conditions, The BMW was trailing the and flow weather All three were taken to Keit seems, is not activities racing,as ou factor inmental particularly due to such damage, Street When you He was arrested and release they rounded a corner unas with l Porsche Hospita And fu illegal mud-bogging, he said. lowna General ed even further. restricted to young people. thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reduced Drive. re- on a promise to appear. endin mean will later Pitchard ns near and conditio tragic injuries its ed ground are so recomm lost specificonfronted by the the bank, before out, neithera up and the penalties â&#x20AC;&#x153;The investigation is contightened Last falll was dry disapPolicetheare It was it turns increased scent The 47-year-old driver recharge was then He car goes in toprevent Nieoczym runoff th few leased. mount of that ences. continued ite &of ofAdrian tinuing as police acquire surveilto agostreams consequ yearsinto a certain amount llul into peared. andthe Cedegradation managed control of his BMW and the old toPorsche manager, bank uce Good running Thewho49-yearREPORTER Red pro- n STAFF er instead ofnatural landof the educational On the afternoo as part lance footage from the bank, and groundwater find A1 wetlands and, didTragic However, the dogSee ipped several times beforewrestle some of the money, and etpolice be- possibly other sources, in an efBeck aged drivers fl on its roof in an orchard. butmiddlearea,two Friday, cess, signs were erected in the Postill which cap Stre a baseball 6 Richter their ing a the demand note, back from 0the- 162 #20 from Calgary were racing Police are on the hunt for to identify the suspect,â&#x20AC;? said fort by behind said they are always getting torn down. left likely lieve was the bankesth solution bank robber who hit the Scotia- suspect, who then fledww w.a theetic Holmes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social anarchy up there. The RCMP robber. bank on Kane Road and wres- in a northbound direction,â&#x20AC;? said t open house Police are asking anyone are also concerned because of other criminal activity Police are looking for a Cauabout our nex Holmes. Steveask RCMP tled with the bank manager. call and seConst. BC PleaHolmes Interior who has information that might mid to early thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been occurring,â&#x20AC;? he said. his in male casian susthe that N added a At 2:33 p.m. Thursday, 1 HWY. 97 #1 Ford help the investigation, to call the A few weeks ago a woman was run over during a a weapon 20s. FORD not produce274 didTOUGH pect man walked into the bank lo-BUILT DealerKelowna RCMP detachment at CUSTOMIZE YOUR TRUCK WITH party in that area, and a few years ago, a woman was He stands about 5-foot-9 and cated in the Glenmore area, and during the robbery, nor did he raped during a weekend party there. There have been R FACILITY has a medium build, blonde hair 250-762-3300, or Crime StopREE TED LASE R CREDI handed a note to a teller demand- threaten to use one. AND ACC 1-800-222-8477. numerous incidents of assaults, said Beck. CHARGE services dog was and a scruffy, stubbly face. He pers at A police OF NO EXTRA ing money. com ord. jeans and FORD ACCESSORIES new blue wearing 90302 wasardf a scent .orch in and followed called an GENUINE www â&#x20AC;&#x153;The suspect wasStk #given XRT model shown two blocks north of new white running shoes. See Boggers A6 undisclosed amount of cash. track for

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