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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 • MERRITT NEWSPAPERS

BYELECTION 2014

GET READY TO CAST YOUR BALLOT The Merritt Herald sent a list of questions to each of the six candidates in the 2014 byelection for one city councillor. The responses are printed alphabetically by candidate’s last name. The candidates will also be available to answer more questions at a forum tonight at NVIT at 7 p.m. and another on Feb. 20 at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame between 10 and 11 a.m.

• Mike Jolly Page 3 1. What experience makes you a good candidate for city councillor? I have lived in Merritt for over 40 years. During those years, I have been a volunteer with many organizations: board member for Nicola Family Therapy for over 20 years; secretary for the Nicola Valley Heritage Society for 14 years; treasurer for the Nicola Valley Association for Community Living (Ska-Lu-La) for 12 years; helped with the Merritt Country Christmas concert and recently organized the Children’s Community Choir. I also assisted in organizing Multicultural Day for Merritt’s 100th birthday in 2011. My employment since I came to this valley 45 years ago has been primarily with the public (School District 58) and private (First Nations) education systems as an educator. 2. What made you decide to run for city council? I have the time, background, interest and ambition required to contribute constructively to the decision-making process. 3. Are you familiar with city council and municipal government? What are your past experiences with civic politics? My interest in local government began when my father was the treasurer for Lanark Township in the Ottawa Valley, and local government happenings were often a topic at the supper table. Since 1973, civic government has been a part of my life in Merritt. I often attend council meetings, public forums and have directed petitions toward city council concerning various municipal issues.

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LINDA BAIRD 4. What issues represent your priorities for the city? I would like to see more serious public discussion about sustainability issues. City council needs to be aggressively searching to attract stable industry that will supply sustainable jobs. 5. What is the biggest challenge facing Merritt today? One of the biggest challenges facing Merritt at this time is our aging and deteriorating infrastructure. City council needs to be rigorously proactive in the search for federal and provincial grant opportunities. 6. Merritt has had two byelections in two years. Are you committed to city council? If you’re elected, will you run again in the general election in November 2014? When elected, I will be committed to serving my full term of office.

• Ginny Prowal Page 5 1. What experience makes you a good candidate for city councillor? I moved to Merritt in 2004 from the Township of Langley. My husband Jack and I owned and operated an auto body repair shop so I am aware of the trials and joys of being a business owner. I am employed as an accounting and payroll clerk with the Nicola Tribal Association and I have been a bookkeeper for about 32 years. I volunteered as a 4-H youth leader for 10 years in Langley and in the Nicola Valley. I have been treasurer for many organizations and I have lobbied for government support of community organizations that I have been involved with. I am presently on the board of directors for Community Futures Nicola Valley and I am secretary for the Merritt Vintage Car Club. I have a strong background in business and personal finance.

• Julie Van Koll Page 11 attended and watched council meetings on TV on a regular basis. I have never been on a city or municipal council, but I know how the process works and I have a great desire to learn and serve. 4. What issues represent your priorities for the city? I feel the top priorities for Merritt are economic development and the revitalization of the downtown core. We have a rich heritage of history and outdoor living in this city and the climate for community activities that could attract tourists and residents alike. I am concerned with the tax costs to homeowners and businesses.

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2. What made you decide to run for city council? I decided to run for city council because I believe in this city and want to see it flourish. I want to make a difference in the community where I live and work. I want to be of service to the citizens of Merritt. I also feel that the present council is in need of a new perspective and help in working together for the common good of the community. 3. Are you familiar with city council and municipal government? What are your past experiences with civic politics? I have always followed city and municipal council meetings where I have lived. I have

5. What is the biggest challenge facing Merritt today? I feel the biggest challenge for Merritt today is cultivating growth and development to become a community that attracts businesses and people alike. I do not believe taxation of existing businesses and residents is the only answer to raising capital to support community growth. Improvements to infrastructure and development are key to attracting people to our community. 6. Merritt has had two byelections in two years. Are you committed to city council? If you’re elected, will you run again in the general election in November 2014? I ran in the last byelection in 2012 and I will run in the November election. This term will help me serve this city. I am dedicated to this city and I want to help Merritt grow and prosper.

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Keep your eyes on the road, and not the cellphone is the message the RCMP wants drivers to be aware of this month. Throughout February, police in Merritt will be stepping up enforcement of distracted driving laws with an awareness and enforcement campaign. There will be both road checks and stationary enforcement in Merritt. Const. Kathy Prentice with the Central Interior Traffic Services in Kamloops told the Herald this is a province-wide campaign and a provincewide problem. Police will typically watch for violators from their marked police cars, but one tactic the Central Interior Traffic Services will use is a sting

a fine of $368 for driving without due care. Last year, 40,000 tickets for using electronic devices or driving without due care and attention were issued in B.C. and 27 per cent of driving fatalities were caused by distracted drivers. On average, 91 people in British Columbia die each year from distracted driving-related accidents. In southeast B.C., 34 people on average perish in distracted driving-related accidents. That number is 31 in the Lower Mainland. Police say drivers who need to make phone calls should use a hands-free device. Texting and sending emails while driving is prohibited. If drivers need to send or check a text or email, they must pull over to the side of the road and make a complete stop before doing so.

operation. A plainclothes officer will watch traffic from a street corner for violators and radio ahead to another officer who will pull said person over. The fine for using an electronic device without having your hands free or not using a hands-free device is $167, Prentice said. Additionally, three penalty points are applied against a driver caught texting or sending an email while driving. Drivers who do not have their full licence are not permitted to use any electronic device – even if it is a hands-free one. They too face a fine of $167 and three driver penalty points for driving contrary to their conditions. Drivers caught using an electronic device and committing another violation face

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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS BYELECTION 2014 and the residents of Merritt. This disconnect has led to much misunderstanding within the populace, and, I feel, has had an adverse effect on council’s ability to run a city with our best interests at heart. We need to get back to the basics and rebuild a strong foundation that will affect the current symptoms in a positive way.

MIKE JOLLY 1. What experience makes you a good candidate for city councillor? I believe I am a great candidate because I listen to what everyone has to say. I desire to support and help make lasting, impactful change here in Merritt. I do not have a personal agenda; I am here for the people. 2. What made you decide to run for city council? Honestly, the constant stream of information shared with me, primarily over the last two to three years. There is a disconnect between our city administration

3. Are you familiar with city council and municipal government? What are your past experiences with civic politics? I have immersed myself in the learning process; in particular, I have studied: the Guide for Municipal Council Members and Regional Directors; the Financial Disclosure Act and the Community Charter. Also, I recently attended the city’s budget planning meetings, and look forward to attending more relevant meetings. 4. What issues represent your priorities for the city? Within the city budget projections, I see everything falling into one of two categories: one being health and safety, the other being beautification. Within the town modes of thought shared by diverse groups and individu-

als are: invest in the core of what will make this city run more effectively, thereby giving us a better foundation; and beautify the downtown core in order to revitalize the downtown economy. At this point, I truly feel that the city needs to be focusing on the health and safety of all its citizens and lots of infrastructure in areas that are in sore need. We don’t decorate our home before it has a proper foundation or before the walls have gone up, so why would we with our city? 5. What is the biggest challenge facing Merritt today? I believe there are several core issues and many more symptomatic challenges or issues. I feel that we need to address the core issues in order to remove the symptomatic issues. As an example, rejuvenating the downtown core is not just about beautification. It is not just about big box stores being at the other end of town. There are multiple properties and store fronts owned by people who live out of town who don’t seem to have an invested interest in the greater good of the community. That is an issue, and part of that issue is the cost of running a brick-and-mortar business within structures where the cost

is too high and the building’s in dire need of being brought up to appropriate conditions. Our property values are dropping and our taxes are rising and many, in particular retired folk, can’t handle a two- to four-thousand dollar property tax. Are these the core issues? I think they go deeper than that and I think they will take more than seven months to rectify. The bottom line is, with the right leadership, a cohesive council and a qualified administration with a common goal, we could have a much smoother-running city in a position to grow. 6. Merritt has had two byelections in two years. Are you committed to city council? If elected, will you run again in the general election in November 2014? Yes. My wife and I chose Merritt. We are committed to Merritt, and we don’t plan on leaving Merritt. I understand that what needs to take place in the city, the evolving process that needs to happen, will not happen overnight, so a seven-month term helps no one. Whoever is chosen should feel a certain responsibility to making things right, and staying in as long as the citizens choose them.

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1. What experience makes you a good candidate for city councillor? I have lived here in Merritt for the past 10-plus years and worked here off an on through the ’70s to the early 2000s. I held an elected office position with IWA Canada that required me to be elected every two years. I retired from IWA Canada in 2003 as its first vice president for Canada. I worked most of my life in and around the forest industry. I served in the Royal Canadian Navy and was left with an honourable discharge. I went back to work in heavy construction as an iron worker and then back to the forest industry where I remained until my retirement in 2003. I am involved with the Nicola Valley Search and Rescue team. I volunteer with the Merritt Centennials Junior A hockey team as a helper with their required security. My two sons Doneau and Derry both played with the Merritt Centennials and thoroughly enjoyed their time here.

The constant infighting amongst our council members inside and outside the chamber. The water meter issue being touted at the expense of our citizens when education and conservation is what should be discussed and implemented.

NEIL MENARD 2. What made you decide to run for city council? I decided to run for council because I felt there was a lack of support from council in regards to new business like the movie theatre, which would be a plus! No support whatsoever for the Merritt Centennials Junior A hockey team, which is the longeststanding Junior A hockey team in B.C. for 40-plus years.

3. Are you familiar with city council and municipal government? What are your past experiences with civic politics? I do not have a lot of experience in civic politics, but I truly believe that may be a good thing, and will certainly be asking for all the information I can get in regards to doing the job. My career involved politics and could be very political at times. As I mentioned earlier, I had to be elected to my position every two years, which changed to every four years late in my career. 4. What issues represent your priorities for the city? I believe there needs to be more accountability, more trans-

parency, and more openness. We need to represent our entire community, not just specific issues. We must be a responsible government with integrity, we need to communicate to the entire citizenship.

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6. Merritt has had two byelections in two years. Are you committed to city council? If elected, will you run again in the general election in November 2014? You ask if elected would I run again in November. If I feel I have made a difference and the good Lord willing and the creek don’t run dry, then yes, I will run again in November.

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NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of the City of Merritt that an election by voting is necessary to elect one (1) Councillor and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are: COUNCILLOR – ONE (1) TO BE ELECTED

City applying to NEB on pipeline hearings The following is an excerpt from the Feb. 11 regular city council meeting agenda. City council voted in favour of applying to participate in the National Energy Board hearings for the TransMountain pipeline expansion project at its regular meeting on Feb. 11. The city was invited by the NEB to apply to be considered to become a participant in the upcoming hearings. The TransMountain pipeline is a $5.4 billion pipeline project being proposed by Kinder

Morgan. The proposed pipeline would run from Strathcona County, Alta., right through to the Lower Mainland. The pipeline would run for approximately four kilometres through the City of Merritt, including a portion of the city’s airport runway. Those who are directly affected by the proposed project will be allowed to participate in the hearing and those with relevant information or expertise may be allowed to participate. As the proposed pipeline runs through the community and directly on city land, the city would likely be eligible

to be a part of these proceedings. Background Kinder Morgan currently has a pipeline that transports bitumen from Edmonton to the refinery and ship terminal yards in Burnaby. The pipeline currently runs for approximately 4.5 kilometres through Merritt, including the airport. The current pipeline is 60 years old. The proposal would include twinning the pipeline and using the old, smaller line as a secondary or emergency pipe. Kinder Morgan made a presenta-

tion to city council in early 2011 regarding the proposed project. The upcoming hearing planned by the National Energy Board is part of the government’s due diligence and regular public consultation process for this project. According to Kinder Morgan, the City of Merritt stands to gain economically from the project. Merritt has been identified as one of the main bases for the project, which will use the city as a key station point for work crews, equipment, administrative functions and materials.

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GENERAL VOTING DAY will be open to qualified electors of the City of Merritt on Saturday, February 22, 2014 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following location: Lower portion of City Hall – 2185 Voght Street, Merritt, B.C. Advance voting opportunities will be held at City Hall, 2185 Voght Street, Merritt, B.C. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Carole Fraser Chief Election Officer

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED CITY OF MERRITT OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 2162, 2013 ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 2163, 2013 The City of Merritt Council will be holding a Public Hearing pursuant to Section 892 of the Local Government Act, to consider amendments to the City of Merritt Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2116, 2011 and the City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw No. 1894, 2004 for the lands, shown as “subject properties” on the sketch plan below: The City of Merritt Council will consider amending: r 5IF0GGJDJBM$PNNVOJUZ1MBOCZBNFOEJOHUIF&BTU.FSSJUU%JBNPOE7BMF6TF %FTJHOBUJPONBQ r ;POJOH"NFOENFOUCZBNFOEJOHUIF.FSSJUU-BOE6TF%FTJHOBUJPONBQCZ DIBOHJOHUIFDVSSFOU[POJOHGSPN$4FSWJDF$PNNFSDJBMUP3-PX%FOTJUZ Residential. If you feel your property interests may be affected by the proposed amendment and you wish to address City Council on any matters pertaining to this bylaw, please attend the Public Hearing at City Hall on: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm :PVSDPNNFOUTDPODFSOTNBZBMTPCFQSFTFOUFEJOXSJUJOH JOBEWBODFPGUIF meeting by addressing them to the undersigned, or at the public hearing in person, by petition or by attorney. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received by Council after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Sean O’Flaherty, RPP 1MBOOJOH%FWFMPQNFOU4FSWJDFT.BOBHFS

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for the 2014 By-Election will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 and Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Both Advanced Voting Opportunities will be conducted in the Community Room at City Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS BYELECTION 2014 1. What experience makes you a good candidate for city councillor? I was born and raised in North Vancouver and moved to Merritt in 1971. Both my sons where born and raised here. At that time, it was difficult to explain even where Merritt was except to say it was about 60 miles south of Kamloops. Look at us now! I am a good candidate for council as I have 40 years of experience as an active community volunteer, serving on various committees and events in Merritt. I’ve made presentations to council and keep up-to-date by attending council meetings, public forums and any open house.

4. What issues represent your priorities for the city? A) Stability at city hall. 2013 was particularly difficult for council and this city. Empty staff positions affected stability, timely decisions and increased pressure on remaining staff and replacements. Council was trying to function within this environment without a full complement of members. B) Air quality. The blowing dust affects the cleanliness of this city. We can do better without adversely affecting the “economic backbone” of our community.

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3. Are you familiar with city council and municipal government? What are your past experiences with civic politics? I’ve never had a seat on any council but I do have a broad interest in politics on every level. Unlike volunteering for a specific event or committee, council requires a broad perspective in the best interest of the whole community. I know there are volumes of reading material pertaining to proposals or motions. I have the time to dedicate my full attention, carefully study, understand and discuss in order to reach a consensual decision that benefits the majority.

6. Merritt has had two byelections in two years. Are you committed to city council? If elected, will you run again in the general election in November 2014? I appreciate the cost for byelections and training new council members. For me, the remainder of 2014 would be a learning curve. I am well aware of the time commitment required to sit on council. However, November 2014 will be a general election for all positions with time enough to decide.

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HERALD OPINION Prescription pot pretense ending By Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS tfletcher@blackpress.ca

VICTORIA – On April 1, medical marijuana growing licences expire across the country, and only licensed commercial growers will be able to legally fill a prescription for pot. Ottawa is moving to clean up the mess it created by issuing medical licences all over the country. Since then, municipalities have complained that small-scale medical licences have been greatly exceeded, with many used as fronts for a criminal drug trade that has made B.C. infamous around the world. How big is the problem? There are about 38,000 Canadians licensed to carry marijuana for medical purposes, and half of them live in B.C. Their permission to grow their own or buy it from designated small-scale growers is withdrawn in a couple of months. Here’s a look at the community level. Police in the Fraser Valley suburb of Maple Ridge estimate that it alone has 500 properties licensed to grow pot. No, Maple Ridge is not a world hotspot for glaucoma or arthritis. It is historically known for its secluded properties and as a base for B.C.’s prison system and the province’s Hells Angels. Police have only an estimate because Ottawa’s bungled medical pot scheme conceals the location of licensed growers from provincial and local governments. RCMP Insp. Dave Fleugel told Maple Ridge council last week that his detachment will first target medical growers they know are linked to organized crime. But it’s difficult to determine which are legal and which are not. “This has the potential to cripple the courts,” Fleugel said.

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dollar corporation would gladly spill some precious bucks on for 30 or 60 seconds of airtime. Coca-Cola was one of those companies, and aired a spot featuring people doing “American” things (horseback riding, surfing, camping, eating street vendor hotdogs, running through canyons) to America the Beautiful as the background track. If you tuned in to the opening ceremonies from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, you might have seen the special 90-second version of the ad that debuted. However, there was something about the 60-second Superbowl spot that seemed to really tick some people off. Apparently, the offensive part of the commercial was that different parts of the

song were sung in different languages. Apparently, many people consider English the language of America. One tweet from Superbowl Sunday read: “I’m not racist but, This [sic] is America! We speak English!” Ironically, many of these Twitter users crying in outrage about English being the quintessential American language do not seem to know how to use it properly. One even wrote, “Speak American if your in America commercials are dumb [sic].” My guess is the irony is lost on them. Not long after the commercial aired, the hashtag #SpeakAmerican was trending on Twitter. Seriously!

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Maybe some people’s rage can be chalked up to different languages confusing them as to which song it was. Some thought it was the national anthem, while others thought it was God Bless America. Many users of Facebook and Twitter vowed to boycott Coke from then on. (I hope they have considered all of the Coca-Cola Company’s subsidiaries, including Dasani, Minute Maid, Powerade and Sprite, to name just a few in the beverage industry.) Who knows, maybe all this hot-headed promised boycotting will lead to a reduction in America’s obesity epidemic. Coke has since responded to the “controversy” by standing by both the ad and its message, that America is “beautiful” not

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in spite of its citizens’ differences, but because of them. Situations like these tell me several things. For one, some people have absolutely no idea about their country’s history. Two: knee-jerk reactions to some “offensive” stimuli only leads to more offensive statements. And three: the very thing that makes social media so attractive (its accessibility) is also one of its most repulsive qualities. But most of all, while I find it baffling that people seem to have no problem spewing incredibly ignorant comments for all to see, I am even more baffled that in this day and age, this commercial, simply by virtue of featuring more than one language and people from many ethnicities, is considered “controversial.”

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YOUR OPINION Medical marijuana users must go back to using commercial producers From Page 6 “Something is going to have to take a back seat if we are going to go after all of them.” The police and fire department have proposed an amnesty or grace period, allowing people to disclose their location and have it properly dismantled without penalty, to help deal with the volume. This mess was created by Ottawa in response to a court ruling that forced them to make medical pot available. The Harper government remains trapped in a failed waron-drugs mentality that prevents any innovation or even common sense. Then there is the circus in Vancouver, where self-styled princes of pot exploit the confusion of the medical marijuana law to run an Amsterdam-style retail trade. Cannabis Culture, the pot and propaganda empire built by Marc Emery before he was jailed in the U.S., rants about the government’s “war on patients,” amid garish ads for “pot by post” and exotic weed varieties. “By Health Canada’s own estimate, the cost will increase from $5 per gram to $8.80 per gram – going up by nearly 400 per cent,” its website warns. Apparently smok-

ing lots of weed really is bad for your math skills. Dana Larsen, who spearheaded the illconceived and failed decriminalization petition last year, heads up the serious-looking “Medical Cannabis Dispensary.” It has done so well at its location in the drug bazaar of East Hastings Street that it’s got a branch office on Vancouver’s west side. Its official-looking forms have a long list of conditions where only a confirmation of diagnosis is required. In addition to genuine conditions such as side effects of chemotherapy, it includes anxiety, psoriasis, spinal cord injury and even “substance addictions/withdrawal.” And did you know you can get a vet’s note to buy medical pot for your pet? Larsen has boasted about the exotic offerings of his stores, including “watermelon hash oil” at $150 for 2.5 grams. Wow man, that’s like 400 million per cent higher! Fittingly, this farce goes back underground on April Fool’s Day. Medical users can only order shipments from an approved commercial producer. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @ tomfletcherbc

Fletcher coverage of BCTF unfair Dear Editor, I was disheartened after reading Tom Fletcher’s article (End this bloody B.C. school war, Feb. 6) Fletcher’s use of language sought only to inflame the difficult and complicated situation rather than cast light upon it. Tom Fletcher, a Black Press columnist, deliberately uses words such as bloody war, bleeding, sniper, trigger-happy, trench, under fire and wounds to create the effect of spectacular ongoing physical violence teachers are waging against the BC Liberal government. Further, Fletcher resorts to mean-spirited hyperbole bordering on name-calling, referring to one teacher as “the lunatic fringe of the BCTF.” The problem, to use a more apt war analogy, is that when newspaper columnists resort to school yard tactics, lazy analysis and yellow journalism, the true casualty is the loss of meaningful public discourse on serious issues. A better approach would have been to actually report on the legal arguments of each side in the BCTF versus the B.C. provincial government court case. Instead, he appears to be a lapdog for the government and its long standing anti-teacher position. Fletcher denigrates the Supreme Court of Canada by declaring that it had somehow “invented” the right to collective bargaining in 2007, and that was the reason the BCTF won its recent case. Actually,

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the correct phrase would be to “recognize” the right to collective bargaining, which, by the way, has been a cornerstone of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights since 1949, and a right provincial public sector labour unions have held in Canada since the 1970s. Astonishingly, he glossed over the ruling of Justice Susan Griffin who struck down Bills 22 and 23 and confirmed for a second time that in B.C. it is illegal to strip away the rights of an organized labour group (in this case teachers) when negotiating working conditions with their employers. Nowhere in his one-sided rant did he consider any of the legal or moral responsibilities of the courts to protect private or public employees from abusive employers or why restitution is required when employers are found guilty, as was the case of the BC Liberal government. Nor did he bother to explore any possibilities for a negotiated settlement, which both sides claim they want. Instead, he penned a thoroughly biased and third-rate analysis of a complex situation that was embarrassing to read. As Mark Twain said, “For any complex problem there is a simple answer, and it’s wrong!” For someone with a position to influence public opinion, that is a grave disservice indeed. Loch Eddy Merritt

Columnist anti-union, uncritical of government Dear Editor, After reading Tom Fletcher’s editorial (Merritt Herald, Feb. 6) I have come to two conclusions. One, Mr. Fletcher hates unions, especially the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF). Two, in pursuit of number one, Mr. Fletcher will not let logic or fact stand in his way. Mr. Fletcher agrees the government should appeal the latest B.C. Supreme Court decision so Liberal members can hide! Mr. Fletcher agrees with government spending more tax dollars appealing a decision the government has now lost twice so Christy Clark does not have to answer questions about how badly government bungled the legislation (twice) and how they bungled bargaining with teachers so badly the court found the government had bargained in bad faith. Mr. Fletcher maligns the Supreme Court of Canada when he says the Supreme Court “invented” rights. The highest court in the land recognized that collective bargaining was a right under the “freedom of association” of the constitution. Mr. Fletcher engages in the usual scare tactics

that we see from the government. His uncritical support of government perspectives while at the same time manufacturing “straw dogs” in the NDP, Adrian Dix, and Tara Ehrke reflects a bias that is not worthy, in my opinion, to be called an editorial. It has crossed the line into government propaganda. And just for the record, teachers did not engage in an illegal strike in 2012. All phases of the BCTF job action were legally approved by the Labour Relations Board. The government has had 12 years to resolve this issue with the BCTF. The government could have avoided this “war” if they had entered into meaningful discussions and bargained in good faith with teachers regarding class size and composition. Instead, the government has endlessly defended their 2002 legislative tactics of removing legally bargained language from contracts. Sadly, the Liberal government continues to throw students under the bus as they continue their attacks on teachers.

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A woman who’s new to Merritt is upset with Greyhound’s request policy for wheelchairaccessible buses after a series of mishaps last month. On Jan. 12, Maria Evans and her 19-yearold daughter Callie were waiting for the bus at the local station to head down to Vancouver where Callie was scheduled to have surgery. Evans said they arrived a half-hour before the bus to the coast was scheduled to arrive, but it never came. She, her daughter, and six others were left at the station, she said. A bus to Kamloops eventually came, and the driver offered to take the Merritt passengers to Kamloops where they could catch an express bus to Vancouver. Evans said she and her daughter took the driver up on that offer. After a two-hour wait at the Kamloops station, they were finally on their way to the coast. Evans said the driver picked up the remaining Merritt passen-

gers on the way back through Merritt. They arrived at Evans’ parents’ house in Coquitlam several hours later than anticipated, but in time for Callie’s surgery. Evans said the problems with the bus service worsened when they were ready to return to Merritt on Jan. 21. “We know my daughter’s going to need a wheelchair when we go back. They’re putting 45 staples up and down her knee,” Evans said. Evans said she phoned Greyhound’s customer service while she was leaving the hospital to reserve a spot on a wheelchairaccessible bus. She said she was told to go to the Coquitlam station to request the bus in person, but when she got there, she was told she’d have to reserve it in Vancouver. Her sister drove her to Vancouver to reserve a spot on the bus. They purchased a third seat for Callie to elevate her leg on. When the bus arrived with a flat tire, it wasn’t wheelchairaccessible, Evans said. That’s when she

learned it takes three days to request a wheelchair-accessible bus. She said she struggled to help her daughter up the three steps and was outraged that she wasn’t told about the notice despite several interactions with service clerks at bus stations and over the phone. Evans said her past experiences with Greyhound were positive overall. She recently moved to Merritt from the Lower Mainland with her husband and their two kids. She said the family had been visiting Merritt for about 25 years, and sometimes she would travel here by bus if her husband and their kids went earlier in the family vehicle. “Previous experiences were pretty good,” she said. She and Callie arranged to take the bus in the first place so her husband and son could use the car. Greyhound spokesperson Lanesha Gipson said the company requires at least 48 hours’ notice in order to guarantee one of Greyhound’s 33 wheelchairaccessible buses, adding

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JULIE VAN KOLL 1. What experience makes you a good candidate for city councillor? My experience is in business management, including currently owning and operating a national franchise, PropertyGuys.com, right here in Merritt! I have completed my post-secondary education in negotiations, conflict management and mediation from the Justice Institute of BC. I am an active community member and have served in a volunteer role with Victim Services, Crisis Intervention, emergency social services, and am currently vice president of the chamber of commerce. My additional volunteer

experience includes the ASK Wellness homeless shelter program, as well as a member of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) within the B.C. government. In addition to being a professional photographer, I teach photography and I am very proud to share the images of this amazing community on one of my Facebook pages: Merritt, British Columbia. I have lived in Merritt for seven years and am fully aware of the challenges and opportunities that face our city. As councillor, I look to focus forward on how city council can work together in partnership with its citizens to re-energize the downtown, reinvigorate community participation and recognize and react to new business opportunities. I believe in people — short and tall,

young and not as young as they used to be. All people have the ability to contribute to their community in one way or another. As councillor, I will have the opportunity to work beside Merritt’s volunteers to maintain this city’s integrity. 2. What made you decide to run for city council? I believe Merritt is on the brink of extraordinary growth! What lies ahead in the months and years I am certain will offer Merritt and its citizens opportunities to become a community model for B.C., a leader in tourism, economic growth and development. A place to proudly call home. A thriving community that people look to and admire, choose to live, raise a family, run a business and enjoy our country lifestyle! 3. Are you familiar with city council and municipal government? What are your past experiences with civic politics? Being an involved member of our community, I keep in touch with many aspects of our city. I also keep

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“There’s a little bit of a generational connection,� Juricic said. Juricic said come April, SaySo is planning to bring boogieblues band Sabrina Weeks and the Swing Cat Bounce back to Merritt. In May, the plan is to bring country musician Tim Hus to the Culture Club.

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Bluegrass is out and reggae will be in this Saturday at the Culture Club in downtown Merritt. The band Backspin from Vancouver will be unable to play a concert scheduled for Merritt this weekend as a member of the band had a family emergency and could not make the trip, SaySo Expression Society president Mil Juricic said. Performing in their place will be the familiar faces of the Boom Booms, a reggae-pop band known to frequent Merritt. Juricic said the Boom Booms usually sell out whenever they’re in town. The Boom Booms return to the Culture Club on Granite Avenue on Feb. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets to their show can be purchased at Country Bug Books or by calling Juricic at 250-315-5673. Juricic said he hopes to have Backspin play in Merritt in the near future. The SaySo Expression Society is also planning to present a multi-band bill sometime in March, Juricic said. Each of the bands is connected to Merritt. Roots band the Dung Beatles, also known as Miracle Cure, members of which hail from

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4 separately title side by side duplexes, a total of 8 units. Some long term tenants. Each side of duplex has 2 bedrms, 1 bath, kitchen, living rm with 432 sq.ft. per side. Newer shingles, 100 amp service.

Great starter home for young families or retirees. 3 bedrms, flat private yard with garden, 2 car garage & RV parking. Includes appliances & gas F/P. A quality built home in a desirable neighbourhood.

Immaculate 2 bedrm unit on top floor with panoramic views. Bright corner unit with extra window, A/C all appliances. Walking distance to rec.center, arena, downtown core & bus service.

This family home has 3 bedrms up, 2 down, oak HW flooring throughout main floor, large kitchen with S/S appliances & pantry. Large covered deck. Large 12,832 sq.ft. lot with backyard access.

3 bedrm home, close to schools & amenities with big backyard, 24x24 workshop, carport & RV prkg. Home has large living rm & kitchen with sliding doors to covered deck. Fully fin. bsmt Being sold below assessed value.

Exquisite 3 bedrm bungalow in prime location, completely redone inside & out. New wiring, plumbing, furnace, HW tanks, all windows, S/S appliance pkg, stacking washer/dryer plus a fully fin. bsmt.

A remarkable home, close to schools. 3 bedrms on the main plus 2 bedrm suite on ground level. Large open kitchen with nook, 3 gar F/P’s, double garage & large fenced backyard with garden area.

Beautifully renovated 3 level split with open concept design, large windows, vaulted ceilings & central A/C. Has new kitchen with S/S appliances, new bathrm flooring & paint. Huge double garage.

#2160

#2163

#2157

Quality built, open & bright home on 3 levels with 5 bedrms + den, 3.5 baths, on demand HW heat, den/ office with coffered ceiling & large windows, chef style kitchen with granite counters, large island & much more.

#2159

#2149

#2162

#2140

#2143

#2128

$209,000

INCREDIBLE VALUE

$649,000

GARDENERS PARADISE

$224,900

EXECUTIVE HOME

#2164

$535,000

$109,900

$329,900

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$237,900 HUGE SHOP

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$324,900

$399,000

$330,999

GREAT VIEWS

MANICURED CORNER LOT

18,000 SQ.FT. LOT

3 bedrms up plus 2 bedrm legal suite down, on 0.19 acre corner lot. Perfect for young family looking for a mortgage helper or an investor. Easy walk to bus and school. Fenced backyard with mature cedars.

19,500 sq.ft. lot with fruit trees & vegetable gardens. Home has 2 bdrms up & 2 down. Nicely manicured lawn, has cold storage for canning. Has new siding, windows & furnace.

Beautiful 5 bedrm home with 2 – 5 pce ensuites, gourmet kitchen with nook & maple cabinets, large living rm, den & family rm with doors to covered deck & views. Fully fin. bsmt. Nicely landscaped.

One of the nicest gated communities in Merritt with views of the Nicola River. Has 3 bedrms, 2 baths, open design living, gas F/P, galley kitchen with nook, laundry on main, hobby & rec.rm down.

Charming 2 bedroom home with fresh paint, new roof, updated windows & kitchen. Is centrally located with lane access, RV parking and 24x16 insulated shop with gas F/P & 2 pce bath.

Excellent starter home in Lower Nicola on 0.72 acre lot with 48x48 shop. Home has 2 bedrms, 1152 sq.ft. gas fireplace. A work in progress but the neighbourhood but the results can be fantastic.

Spacious 4 bedrm + den, 3 bath home with newer S/S appliances in gourmet kitchen, dining & living rooms adjoin a walk-out balcony. The walkout bsmt has wet bar & games room. Lot of parking.

Gorgeous 5 bedrm, 3.5 bath home with HW flooring, ceramic tile in kitchen & baths, 5 pce ensuite & W/I closet. Fully fin. bsmt with separate entrance, extra large rec.rm. 2 covered decks.

#1957

Very private yard with fruit trees, amazing patio, fish pond & garden area. Home custom 3 level split home has 4 bedrms, large windows, 12x13 sunroom accessible from master bedrm. The basement has large rec.rm and 2 bedrms.

#2130

#2027

#2151

#2108

#2099

#2152

#1759

#2111

$199,900

$225,000

THREE LEVEL SPLIT

BENCH RANCHER

Executive 3 level split family home with stunning view of the valley. Has a grand living rm and dining rm with large vaulted ceilings, open kitchen concept with sunken family rm. 3 bedrms up, large master suite. Upgrades include new bathrm, windows & more.

#2121

$385,000

$509,900

$239,000

WALK TO AMENITIES

IN LOWER NICOLA

Nice 2 bedrm rancher on popular Bench area. Pine kitchen cabinets, roomy living room with gas F/P. Fairly large sundeck, private backyard, single garage. Great for retirees or first time buyer.

3 bedrrom home in downtown core. Great for homebased business. Has a detached garage 21x23 with lane access. Fenced backyard with sundeck and lane access.

Beautifully renovated inside & out. Spacious 4 bedrm home on 0.25 acres, fully manicured lawn & UG sprinklers. Has new bathrm, new flooring and paint throughout, new windows, siding & more.

#2113

#2125

#2138

$219,000

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$199,900

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REVENUE FOURPLEX

Immaculate 4 bedrm home with fantastic views., 3 pce ensuite with soaker tub & sitting rm. Living rm with gas F/P. Main level has family rm, office, laundry. Double garage. Near college.

Great home in Lower Nicola on 0.35 acres with creek. 2 bedrms up, 1 down in renovated bsmt with new carpets, paint & HW tank. Large living room and a galley kitchen. 24x28 shop.

Quality executive 3 BR family home with HW & cork flooring with spacious rooms, vaulted ceilings & Mill Creek cabinets with granite top on kitchen island. U/G sprinklers, 2 sundecks, private yard.

Spacious 4 bedrm home with open design, 3 pce ensuite, large back porch, huge backyard with nice sundeck and a garden area. Inlcudes 2 bedrm bsmt suite. 26x24 double garage.

Side by side fourplex on a 1/3 of an acre. Has been renovated inside & out including roof & septic system. Monthly rental revenue is currently $2670. Cooperative water. Desirable location

#2126

#2088

#2141

#2050

#2103

$329,900

Perfect for large family with 4 bedroom plus an additional 2 bedrm inlaw suite, den & play roo. Nice fenced yard for children or pets. Lane access. Community parks are close by.

Very nice 4 bedroom home with open floor plan and high cathedral ceilings. Has 1 bedrm and laundry on main, 3 bedrms up and ensuite with jetted tub. Has fenced backyard. Includes 3 appliances.

Side by side uplex with 100 amp service. Each side has 2 bedrms, 1 bath and approx 432 sq.ft. Easy walk to shopping & schools. Has had some renovations. Adjacent duplex also for sale.

An older 2 bedroom home in nice neighbourhood, close to the downtown on an extra large 13,780 sq.ft. lot that may have subdivision potential. Lane access to a well maintained backyard with a single garage.

Perfect for large family with 4 bedrms, 2.5 baths, stainless steel appliances, BI vac, A/C. Great yard with patio gazebo, UG & drip irrigation, double garage and extra parking on 1.5 lots.

#2161

#1923

#1982

#2133

#2139

Quality built view home offers approx. 4000 sq.ft. on 3 levels. Large chef’s kitchen with all appliances, family rm open to large balcony, 4 bedrms, 3 baths. Fully finished basement. Triple garage.

Urban living in one of the finest strata developments. Nice one bedrm apartment with granite counters, shake style kitchen cabinets & incl. appliances. Clean and ready to move into.

Nice end unit with good sized yard, totally fenced. Bright, open floor plan on main the arched living rm window & an extra bay window. 3 bedrms up, open rec.rm & main bath. Doule garage.

Great opportunity to own a one bedroom apartment as investment or for first time buyer. Great affordably price strata unit. $3,000 bonus paid to Buyer upon completion! Don’t miss this one!

#2115

#1863

#2148

#2124

#2089

In downtown core, close to all amenities, lane access & private yard. Features 3 bedrms, 4 pce ensuite, Victorian classic kitchen with all appl., HW flooring in many rooms, 9 ft ceilings & large family rm.

#2105

$289,900

WHY RENT

SPACIOUS MOBILE

2 bedrm mobile in one of the nicest parks. 1 bedrm on each end with an open concept kitchen eating area & living rm in the center. The addition has a large enclosed porch & family rm.

This 3 bedrm home has had some updates, laminate flooring, double glazed windows, electrical upgrade, newer roof. 2 levels, 3 bedrms, 2 baths. Strata fees include heat and hot water.

#2052

#1967

#2043

Century 21, Moving Families Forward

$329,000

$74,500

$97,900

SPENCES BRIDGE

GREAT STARTER

3 bedrm, 2 bath double wide on its own 0.17 acre lot with fruit trees & garden area. Great retreat close to the famous Thompson River known for salmon & steelhead fishing.

Very clean home with 3 bedroom up, 2 bathrooms, new tile & newer flooring in living room. Close to schools. Has a carport in back with lane access and fenced yard.

#2101

#2110

$99,500

$279,000

FIRST TIME BUYERS

Large family home in good area, close to schools with 3 bedrms up and 2 bedrm inlaw suite on ground level. New paint & flooring on main. HW radiant heat with new boiler in 2009. Large fenced backyard.

$119,900

$298,000 EXTRA HALF LOT

Beautiful 2 bedroom home plus den/hobby room completely updated including all flooring, paint & most fixtures. Lane access for extra parking in rear. Centrally located in downtown core.

CLOSE TO SCHOOLS

$334,900 HUGE LOT

HAVE A BIG FAMILY?

HERITAGE HOME

$399,900 INVESTMENT

INVESTORS

$65,000

$264,900

CLOSE TO SCHOOL

STRATA END UNIT

$224,900

$299,900

EXECUTIVE BENCH HOME

NEWER APARTMENT

$139,900

$455,000

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$549,900

$479,000

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$149,900

$169,000

NOW is the time to invest in your future with affordable prices and low interest rates. Get prequalified from your financial institution, then give us a call or come in. We’d be glad to help you find a home that fits your family and your budget.

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$169,900

CLOSE TO SCHOOLS

$289,000 INVESTORS

OPPORTUNITY

Great opportunity of 6 strata title townhomes, all within walking distance to downtown & close to all amenities. Being sold below assessed value at $87,900 per unit. Call for more details.

Great corner lot on a quiet street with plenty of room to build a shop. Home has 2 bedrooms and in need of some TLC, but is priced accordingly. Call for a showing today.

#2044

#2098

$527,400

$389,900

IS AN INVESTMENT PROPERTY IN YOUR FUTURE?

Great 4 bedrm family home with HW floors, open concept with big kitchen & includes appliances. Some reno’s have been done of new roof, windows & exterior doors. Full fin. bsmt.

#2010

$149,999

$99,900

With low interest rates and affordable prices, Merritt is the community to buy in. If you want a detached home, strata unit, or commercial property we can help you find the right property.

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Just 17 mins. from Merritt with views of Mamit Lake and valley. Home has 4 bedrms, newer kitchen & flooring & huge living rm. 30x40 detached shop with radiant heat, 2 large 9x10 doors, 200 amp service.

Country living on 4.64 acres with beautiful 4 bedrm log home. Spacious loft master suite, newer kitchen & appliances, new electric furnace & heat pump, pellet stove. Great views

Incredible year round off the grid home or use as rec. property, almost surrounds Allie Lake. Includes 2 main cabinet plus 3 additional guest cabins. Great for horseback riding, snowmobiling, fish & more.

Lavish oasis on 1.05 acres at Nicola Lake. This custom home has 4 bedrms, 5 baths, over 6000 sq.ft. with open concept design, gourmet kitchen, large living areas, 2 master suites & gorgeous infinity pool.

Great 6 acre property to build your home or use as recreational. Mostly flat with many buildings sites, has shallow well, septic approval, hydro to property & driveway is in. Close to crown land.

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#2131

#2155

Good commercial building in downtown core. Approx. 5000 sq.ft. of commercial space on the main with 1100 sq.ft. up with a 3 bedrm suite, currently rented. Zoned C-2. Run your business and live upstairs.

#2144

$349,900

#1916

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$175,000

#2137

$350,000

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Exceptionally well built 5 bedrm home on 20 acres, with 4 baths & inlaw suite in fully fin. bsmt. Large windows to enjoy the panoramic views. Reinforced foundation & external walls. 26x37 shop & garage.

Nice country retreat on 1.99 acres just 15 minutes from Merritt with flat levels & drilled well. Close to crown land. 3 bedrms, 2.5 baths, huge rec.rm down, A/C & double garage. Nice views.

Custom home on 51.99 acres with panoramic views. This private home has open design with custom cut timbers frame beams, HW flooring, 3 bedrms, 2.5 baths & wrap around deck

Magnificent 5 bedrm home on Nicola Lake with unique open designed family area with large bedrms & family rooms with an extra summer kitchen. 3 floors, 2 large covered decks. Has detached triple garage & an underground boat house bunker.

Enjoy the great outdoors on this 1 acre lot on Iron Mountain, close to fishing, hunting, cross country skiing & all outdoor activities. Only 10 mins. from Merritt. Perfect for a hobby farm.

Immaculate 8000 sq.ft. precast tilt-up building on corner lot with excellent exposure. Easy access to truck route. Adjoining warehouse has bay door, loading deck office & messanine space.

COUNTRY GETAWAY

HORSE PROPERTY

10 ACRES IN KANE VALLEY

WATERFRONT ACREAGE

19.77 ACRES

INCREDIBLE INVESTMENT

This spacious 3 bedrm, 2 bath home has open design with huge 48 ft deck to enjoy the sunsets & good times. 24x24 detached shop/garage. Land is fenced & would be great for horses.

Great horse property with riding arena on 9.91 acres & backs onto crown land. 4 bedrm home with huge country kitchen, large wrap around covered deck. Has double garage & detached shop.

Just 20 mins. south of Merritt close to cross-country ski trails, fishing, hunting & snowmobiling and backs onto crown land. Beautiful log home with large wrap around covered deck. Includes a guest cabin, new barn with loft & chicken pen.

Live the dream on Nicola Lake in Quilchena on the Lake development. Waterfront 1.855 acres, close to golf course, fishing & all outdoor water & recreation activities.

Private 19.77 acres with spectacular view of the valley & mountains. Located off Petit Creek Rd at end of quiet cul de sac. Property is treed with creek running through it.

#2025

#2092

Fantastic investment with 6 revenue streams – 3 residential suites and 3 commercial units at ground level. Highway frontage for excellent exposure for commercial & centrally located. Call for details.

#2134

#1961

$799,995

#1922

$398,800

$260,000

#1992

$519,900

#1837

$749,900

#2156

$549,000

#1842

$359,900

#2107

$849,900

SPIUS CREEK ESTATES

From 9.8 to 17 Acres

Prices starting at $199,000

Country living at its best! These 9 properties are located approx. 15 mins. from Merritt in the beautiful Sunshine Valley. A Phase 1 has been completed and a water report is available. 4 lots are waterfront, all have stunning views of the valley. Area offers swimming, biking, canoeing, horseback riding,motorcycling & more.

GST is applicable

#2000

$890,000

#2114

$399,000

INVESTORS

Spectacular 1 acre view lot at Nicola Lake, just 15 minutes from Merritt. Fantastic property to build your home and overlook the lake. Only short walk to the waters edge.

Build your home in the country. Has a drilled well of 15 GPM, power at lot line, septic approval, and driveway are in. Nice view, crown land nearby. Just 20 mins. from Merritt.

Approx. 12,000 sq.ft. building with office space with one long term tenant. Great for professional offices, retail, lawyers, doctors, government agency, etc. Has approval for residential units upstairs.

RESIDENTIAL LOT

COMMERCIAL BUILDING

$190,000

#2154

WATERFRONT LOT

#2150

$159,000

#1913

2 ACRES

#1918

Fantastic 160 acres of grassland, aspen & pines, only 15 mins from Merritt. Has 1500 sq.ft. modular with 2 bedrms, 2 baths, huge ensuite & large covered deck. Has 2 shops, corrals with heated automatic watering for livestock. Located just past Courtney Lake and close to Kane Valley ski trails.

$112,500

AT NICOLA LAKE

RARE 160 ACRES

Only Century 21 gives AIR MILES!

$998,000

$125,000

#2136

$750,000

Residential lot in the city of 0.62 acres, zoned R2 with the potential to be made into 4 city lots or Buyer could apply to change zoning for higher density multi-family residential.

#2147 Just over 1 acre on Nicola Lake. Great place to invest for a family getaway or retire and enjoy the great weather. Gentle slope & easy access allows for a wide variety of home plans. Includes roll-a-dock.

#2146

$109,900

Only Century 21 gives Air Miles!

$299,000

#2019

12.16 ACRES

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Great location on a corner lot on main street coming into Merritt. This 7300 sq.ft. building is zoned C-4 with a site specific zoning for prof. offices, doctors, lawyers etc. Lots of parking.

3 INDUSTRIAL LOTS

1.216 acre treed lot waiting for you to develop it. Many building site and with great views plus shallow well in place. Hydro to lot line.

#2048

$219,000 LARGE VIEW LOT

Large estate size on with beautiful panoramic views of the Nicola River and bordering ranch lands. All this within the city limits and walking distance to shopping

#1900

$595,000

$83,000

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Nice flat light industrial bare land lots. Water and sewer are close to the lot lines. Great business opportunity. Each lot is 95 x 198 and zoned M1. In area growing industrial business. #1795

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Premier Christy Clark announced a new provincewide 10-point anti-bullying strategy that will help ensure all children feel safe, accepted and respected, regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion, or sexual orientation. “We all want our kids to be safe, especially at school. That’s why when I became Premier, I promised to address bullying in our school system as a high priority for my government,” said Premier Clark. “I am so proud to announce ERASE Bullying, a nation-leading strategy that will ensure every child in our province feels safe, accepted and respected.” ERASE Bullying (Expect Respect And a Safe Education) is a comprehensive strategy that will make British Columbia a leader in addressing bullying and harmful behaviours. The 10 elements of the plan will begin in the 2012/13 school year and include: • A five-year, multi-level training program for educators and community partners to help them proactively identify and address threats. • New online tools, including a smartphone app, for kids to report bullying anonymously. • Dedicated safe school co-ordinators in every school district. • Stronger codes of conduct for schools. • Provincial guidelines for threat assessments. • New online resources for parents. • Formal protocols to guide and co-ordinate the work of school and community partners. • A provincial advisory committee with representatives from police, school and social agency partners. • Focusing one of the existing six provincial teacher professional development days on anti-bullying. • Anti-bullying and threat assessment training for pre-service teachers. “With this strategy, the British Columbia government has firmly placed itself as the national leader in supporting the development of anti-bullying and threat assessment protocols,” said international expert Kevin Cameron, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response. This strategy will help prevent, identify and stop harmful behaviours by children and adults — whether online, at school, or in the community. It ensures consistent policies and practices across all 60 school districts, backed by strong community partnerships. “I’m very proud to be bringing in the first provincewide co-ordinated anti-bullying strategy,” said Minister of Education George Abbott. “Over the next five years, we’ll deliver specialized training to over 15,000 educators and community partners. We already have some great programs for elementary kids such as WITS and Roots of Empathy, which teach them about respect and the importance of reporting bullying. What we’re doing now is making sure we have consistent policies and procedures in place that help educators and other partners take action to address bullying and harmful behaviours.” Today’s announcement builds on the Premier’s expansion in 2011 of the Seeds of Empathy (preschoolers) and Roots of Empathy (elementary) programs. The two programs reach 359 elementary school classrooms and 22 preschools or child-care settings, teaching young children about empathy, trust and support of others.

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Sunrise Rotary contributes to Nepal education fund Susan Marshall from Duncan, B.C. is the founder of the Nepal Education Fund. She decided to dedicate her life to the betterment of conditions for children and women in Nepal following a trip she took to Nepal several years ago. Nepal is ranked amongst the poorest countries in the world, having been through decades of political and civil turmoil. The impact of these conditions is most severe on the women and children of Nepal, and Susan set out to do what she could to help, all on her own. Without education, most women and children are destined to a life of extreme hardship, under unimaginable conditions for all of us. Susan now sponsors nearly 200 students at various schools in the mountainous regions of Nepal. Included in her focus is women’s literacy, which has become a tool for escape from a doomed life for many women. Susan runs marathons all over the continent to raise funds for her projects, quite an achievement considering she is in her late 60s, and is constantly fundraising through garage sales and various fundraisers she puts together in her spare time. She is the epitome of “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” The Sunrise Rotary Club of Merritt has contributed funds to

projects in Nepal, and is currently sponsoring two children to attend private school in the Pokhara region of Central Nepal through NEF. The cost is $350 per year per student, including tuition, uniforms, textbooks, and meals at the school. Education is the only hope for the children of Nepal to overcome the tragic conditions they live in, and to help their families survive. There are additional children sponsored by citizens of the Nicola Valley, through their connection to Rotary. We are proud to be a very small part of improving the odds of survival for a few families in Nepal.

goal, our missio Doing Good in the World is more than a motto. It is our us to reach as far as we can to do the most good nges challe it and clearest terms why we have a Foundation, to support the good that we can do through Rotar y. It possible with everything we have. Our Foundation exists of our service more powerful and more effective. Because expands our reach, increases our strength, and makes y work. our Foundation we can, very simply, do more of our Rotar

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in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The Rotar y is a volunteer organization with 33,790 clubs ss today’s challenging issues, such as hunger, poverty organization initiates humanitarian programs that addre section of business and professional leaders worldwide. and illiteracy. Rotar y club members represent a crossn donate their expertise, time and funds to support These 1,234,527 (as of 30 June 2009) men and wome and promote understanding among cultures. Rotar y local and international projects that help people in need united under a motto of Service Above Self. Rotar y’s International is the worldwide association of Rotar y clubs . t polio. It aims to eradicate the disease from the world flagship program is an effort to protect children agains

Beste Gemeente, Rotary exchange student’s journey every day, but now I am so thankful that I don’t have to make the frustrating decision of what to wear in the morning. Plus I get to sleep in 10 minutes longer. My average day here always seems to be fantastic, whether it’s skiing on a Belgium canal, exploring my cobblestone, fairy tale city, or stuffing my face with the typical Belgium waffles, fries and chocolate. I have also enrolled in Dutch lessons, as the language is very difficult and I want to be able to have a “firm grip” on it before I have to return home. After only three months, I had to give a 30 minute presentation about Canada completely in Dutch to my Rotary club, and boy, was that ever stressful, but all 60 members were very pleased. I’ve really grown to love this unpopular language, and to be honest, I think my English is getting worse! One of the best things about living in the small country is that I’ve been able to do a lot of travelling. My first host family took me on a bike ride to Holland, and during one of our vacations, a trip to Berlin, Germany for four days! Being able

Rotary Clubs of Merritt help support projects not only locally but internationally as well. Listed below are some of the projects that they have committed to.

MANPOWER COMMITMENTS

• Terry Fox Foundation • Variety Club Bowling • Big Bike Heart and Stroke Foundation fundraiser • Adopt-A-Road Clean up: Voght Street & River Bank • Taste of India Dinners • Annual Indoor Golf Classic • Annual Golf Tournament • Casino evenings for visiting convention attendees • Nicola River clean up • Bartending at various functions • Various community projects

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Beste Gemeente, Wow, I can’t believe it – almost five months ago I left my family, home and country to embark on this amazing adventure as a Rotary exchange student in Brugge, Belgium. Throughout the first part of my journey I have accomplished so much in adjusting to the Belgian culture. First I’ve had to learn how to ride a bike again, for in Brugge, riding a bike is just as normal as driving a car. In fact, sometimes it feels as if I am driving, because you stay on your side of the bike lane, signal when you turn, and ring your bell when you want to pass someone. Oh, and never forget to turn your lights on when it’s dark or you can get a 50 euro fine from the police. Aside from biking, I’ve learned how to use the train, metro, tram and the bus. I have really grown to love the European transportation system as it makes it so easy to get up and go anywhere you want whenever you want. I’ve also gotten familiar with the strict school system and wearing a uniform. At first it was weird wearing the same thing

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to touch the Berlin Wall was so special considering the history behind it. With my friends, I have travelled all over Belgium, and even dipped down into France for a ferris wheel ride in Lille. In the last five months of my exchange, I am extremely lucky as I get to travel to a different country every month: Amsterdam, Holland for a weekend; Austria for skiing with all three host families; Italy for two weeks with Rotary; Paris, France with school, and Prague, Czech Republic also with Rotary. Each of these first five months here in Belgium have been extraordinary and I’ve never in my life been so thankful for such an opportunity. I think it’s safe to say that this journey has drastically changed my life forever, and I have Rotary Sunrise and the Merritt Rotary Club to thank for that. So thank you, there are not enough words to describe my gratitude towards the support you have so generously given to me. Ik wens iedereen een gelukkig nieuwe jaar! Met vriendelijke groeten, Rachel Janzen

• Merritt Minor Lacrosse • Merritt Minor Hockey • Victim Services • Merritt and District Food Bank • Merritt Drag Racing Club • Merritt Volleyball Association • Merritt Community Policing initiatives • Nicola Valley Search and Rescue • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library • Merritt Helping Hands Society (Harm reduction program) • Community Learning Centre • Merritt Music in the Park summertime series • Breakfast Program - Central Elementary School • Merritt Model Rail Club - Merritt Public Library • Christmas Food Hampers • Nicola Nordic Ski Club • Support for Ask Wellness • Mountain bike trails map • Musical Ride Organization • Soup Kitchen • Jaws of Life • Musical ride • Cold weather shelter • High school Horticulture Program • BC Children’s Hospital

LOCAL PROJECTS - MAJOR

• Rotary Park • Walking Trail – Central Park • Walking Bridge – over Nicola River • Bike Park at Central Park • Central Park picnic tables • Contributor to Berta Fraser Adult Day Care Centre • Environmental information signs for the Coldwater & Nicola Rivers • “Walking Around Merritt” tour maps • Merritt Youth Skate Board Park • Renovations to Anglican Church Soup Kitchen

VOCATIONAL PROJECTS

• 2 scholarships per year for Merritt high school students • “Adventures In” programs - Music, Aviation, Forestry for students • Sponsor to Silver Lake • Sponsor to Children’s Festival in Penticton • Citizenship to Ottawa • Camp Educo - Outdoor skills-building program • RYLA - Youth leadership programs

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

• Multiple Water-well Projects in small village in Africa bringing potable water to the community • Earthquake relief - to help devastated communities • Eradication of polio in India • Contributed to dental clinics in mountainous villages in Nepal • Student Exchange Program, since 1970 • Hope For Children • Children of Golden Triangle • Sun Ovens in Dominican Republic • Aliuiba Medical Clinic Centre in India • Shoes for children living in Russian orphanages • Shelter boxes in Myanmar and Thailand • Funding for children of AIDS parents in Ethiopia • Funding for medical equipment being sent to Africa • Bicycles to Africa • Eye surgery camps in India • Rotoplast: Plastic surgery for cleft lips & palates • Install solar power units & water wells for Dominican Republic.


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Merritt bowlers take silver in Vernon By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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A 10-member team from the Merritt Bowling Centre placed second at the Intercity ‘B’ championships, held on Saturday at the Lincoln Lanes in Vernon. First place in the seven-team competition went to the hosts, while Lumby picked up the bronze medal. “We had a great weekend,” said participant and Merritt team manager Mark Pattison. “Of course, we’re always striving for first, but our second-place finish was a pleasant surprise.” A surprise because the Merritt squad had no fewer than three rookies in the lineup. On the men’s side, young Jimmy Honeywell, 19, is in his first season of competitive bowling, while the ladies’ team included relative newcomers Samantha Chandler (Pattison’s daughter) and Amanda Collins.

“The ladies’ team was definitely a younger group,” said Pattison. “They bowled fantastic.” It was really a twoteam competition on the weekend as Merritt finished second to Vernon in all four divisions of the Intercity tournament: men’s, ladies’, mixed and aggregate. “Vernon has some phenomenal bowlers, and there’s always quite a rivalry between them and us,” said Pattison. “Going into their house (Lincoln Lanes), we were expecting it to be really tough. They knew that we were their competition. They had their eyes on us, and we had our eyes on them. It was a lot of fun.” Despite finishing second best in the team competitions, Pattison said there were a number of outstanding individual performances by Merritt bowlers. “Jordan [Pinto] won the men’s block with a top score of 1112 for four games,” said Pattison.

ON A ROLL A team from the Merritt Bowling Centre finished second at the Intercity ‘B’ championships in Vernon on the weekend. Team members (from left to right, back row) are Stuart Cornies, Harold Aljam, Mark Pattison, Jordan Pinto, Jimmy Honeywell, (front row) Jasmine Pinto, Chandra Bonthoux, Amanda Collins, Crystal Chandler and Samantha Chandler. Photo submitted

INTERCITY ‘B’ BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS Lincoln Lanes, Vernon - Feb. 8th Ladies Mens 1. Vernon 2. Merritt 3. Lumby 4. Chase 5. Kamloops 6. Golden 7. Princeton “That included one of the top single-game scores of the day.”

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Remarkably, that honour went to Honeywell. The greenhorn stunned the

crowd on hand with an amazing 322 in his third of four games. “None of us knew where that came from,” said Pattison. “[Jimmy’s] only been bowling for a few months and has an average of about 150. In that third game, his headpins started turning into strikes. I could see his eyes just light up. It was phenomenal.” Pattison said that the young Honeywell, who also likes to dabble in mixed martial arts and stock car racing, is a real competitor. “He went over [to Vernon] not knowing what to expect. I told him to just relax, find his spot and not let things get to him.” Honeywell came to Pattison’s rescue in the mixed competition, too. “We take the three strongest men’s bowlers, and the two strongest women’s bowlers to make the mixed team,” explained Pattison. “Usually they’ll bowl

right through, but the coach and manager do have the option of substituting a bowler if things aren’t going well. In my first game, I actually pulled myself after just four frames. I couldn’t hit the middle or anything. Jimmy went in and finished the game for me.” Pattison got his groove back in time to team up with Pinto to win the coach/manager title at the end of the day with a score of 412. “Jordan and I didn’t think that we had a chance,” said Pattison, “but the two Vernon guys were a bit heavy in the middle and couldn’t get their pins to splash. We were lucky enough to get the win.” Pinto and Stuart Cornies, along with Chandler and Collins, will now join another Merritt Bowling Centre team, which will compete in the Intercity ‘A’ championships in Kamloops on the March 14 to 15 weekend.

Cents lose two of three; woes versus West Kelowna continue By Ian Webster

Only in this season’s wild and woolly Interior division of the BCHL

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could a team lose two of the three games it played this week, be outscored 15-8 in the process and still manage to move up a place in the standings into the fourth and final playoff position. Cue the Merritt Centennials. The Cents began and ended their latest week of hockey with a pair of miserable (some might say embarrassing) losses to their nemesis — the West Kelowna

Warriors. Merritt has beaten their cross-Connector rivals just twice in 19 games dating back to the beginning of the 2012-13 season. In between the drubbings at the hands of the Warriors, the Centennials did manage to earn a 4-2 decision over the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

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KNACK FOR THE NET Payton Schaefer’s second goal on Friday, assisted by Jason Bird (24), was one of the few bright spots in a dismal pair of Merritt Centennials’ losses to the West Kelowna Warriors this past week. Ian Webster/Herald

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Fontain Tire atoms win Squamish tournament By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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The Merritt Fountain Tire atoms went undefeated in five games to win an eight-team tournament in Squamish on the weekend. The local atom development squad defeated Langley 5-3, Cloverdale 4-3 (in a shootout) and Vancouver 7-0 in roundrobin play. In one of two semifinals, Merritt blanked Semiahmoo from Vancouver 5-0, then went on to top the hosts 6-1 in the gold medal game on Sunday. Merritt’s Max Graham led all tournament scorers with 13 goals. Other Fountain Tire marksmen were Breanna Ouellet (6), Matthew Newman (5), Tryton Bose and Caleb Brackett. Carson Lang and Bryce Garcia were outstanding in net for Merritt all weekend. “The entire team was amazing,” said team manager Jodi Graham. “They all worked so hard and gave 100 per cent.” Closer to home, both remaining Merritt rep teams bowed out of the Okanagan-Mainline playoffs in second-round, best-of-three action. On Saturday, the

MINOR HOCKEY REPORT local Murray GM bantams lost a 6-5 overtime heartbreaker in Kelowna. Merritt had the early 3-1 lead, but could not hold on, falling behind 5-4 in the late stages of the third period. Merritt’s Eric Lalonde scored the game-tying goal with eight seconds left in regulation, only to see Kelowna notch the game winner at 7:04 of the first overtime period. Other Merritt scorers in game one were Bailey Tomkinson, Travis Sterling, Cameron St. Louis and Noah Racine. The two teams traded goals back and forth in game two on Sunday in Merritt before Kelowna again prevailed 7-5. Racine had the hat trick in the Merritt loss. Tomkinson and St. Louis also tallied. The peewee rep second-round games were not nearly as close as a very strong South Okanagan Jr. Coyotes team simply overpowered their Merritt Ramada Inn counterparts by scores of 7-3 and 8-1. Merritt scorers in the two games were Liam Kelly, Spencer Vaughan, Gillian Moore and Armoni McRae. Goaltenders Colton

Macauley and Tristan Bjarnason played valiantly. In superleague house playoffs, the Merritt McDonald’s bantam girls knocked off Kamloops in two games straight, winning 10-0 at home on Saturday and 4-1 on the road Sunday. In Saturday’s game, strong defensive play kept the puck in the Kamloops end for most of the 60 minutes. Merritt scorers were Madeleine Barnes (3), Lizzy Simpson (2), Keisha Henry (2), Skylar Willey, Jenna Sigurdsson and Courtney Christie. Emma Ferch earned the shutout. On the large Olympic ice surface in Kamloops on Sunday, the host team held a 1-0 lead until the 10-minute mark of the third period when Merritt marksmen finally broke through. McDonald’s scorers were Barnes and Shailyn John with two goals apiece. Merritt’s bantam girls move on to play Clearwater with game one of their best-of-three series scheduled for this Saturday at the Shulus arena beginning at 6 p.m. The Merritt Joco Transport peewee girls

CHAMPIONS! The Merritt Fountain Tire atoms celebrate their championship title at an eight-team tournament in Squamish on the weekend. The team went a perfect 5-0. They defeated the hosts 6-1 in the gold-medal game. Photo submitted

team kicks off its playoffs with game one against Kelowna on Friday at the Shulus arena starting at 3:45 p.m. If a game three is needed, it will be played at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Shulus arena. The NVIT midget house team is currently deadlocked at one game apiece in its best-of-three playoff series with Logan Lake. Details of the first two games and the time and date of the third and deciding game in Logan Lake have not been made available.

THANK YOU! The Murray GM bantam reps salute their Merritt fans following their 7-5 loss to Kelowna in game two of their best-of-three, second-round playoff series. The Jr. Cents lost game one 6-5 in Kelowna in overtime. Ian Webster/Herald

Cents and Warriors do battle again in Cents’ next home game, Feb. 21 From Page 25 The two points from that win were enough to catapult Merritt past Salmon Arm into fourth place in the Interior standings, just three points back of thirdplace Vernon. The Cents’ disappointing 6-2 defeat at the hands of West Kelowna on Friday came in front of a season-high crowd of just over 1,000 who undoubtedly came expecting a better effort and hoping for a better outcome. One week earlier, the home team had played one of its most inspired games of the season in downing the Warriors 2-1. The rematch on Friday wasn’t even close, despite the singular heroics of Merritt’s Payton Schaefer. The 20-yearold forward scored the Cents’ only two goals

of the game in the first period to keep his team in the contest and took a bloody nose for the team in a second-period scrap he initiated to try and light a spark after Merritt had fallen behind 3-2. Schaefer’s efforts went for naught, as West Kelowna scored three more times in the final 30 minutes to win going away. While Merritt outshot the visitors 35-27 on the night (and 17-9) in the third period, rarely was their offensive thrust really dangerous or sustained. Devin Kero took the loss in net for the Cents, stopping just 21 of 27 Warriors’ shots. Neither team scored on their three powerplay opportunities. The Cents paid an additional price in manpower on Friday as they lost defenceman Dane Birks in the first period

to a knee injury when he blocked a point shot, and Scotty Patterson in the second after he took a questionable hit from WK’s Ryan Fraser-Lee as the Merritt player was already falling down. Merritt’s 4-2 win over Alberni Valley on Saturday saw the Cents return to the kind of form that has made them successful this season — hard work, a relentless forecheck and opportunistic scoring. After the Bulldogs scored the only goal of

the opening period, the Cents replied four unanswered times in a span of 25 minutes to essentially put the game away. Adam Tracey and Deigo Cuglietta both tallied twice for Merritt who outshot Alberni 41-28. Newly-acquired Jarrod Schamerhorn picked up his first fullgame win between the pipes for Merritt while former Centennial Connor Lecouvee took the loss in the Bulldogs’ net. In an interesting twist of fate, backing up

Lecouvee for the ’Dogs was another ex-Centennial, Russell Sanderson, who had been called up from the Campbell River Storm of the VIJHL for Alberni’s swing through the B.C. Interior. In one of the Cents’ most lethargic, uninspired outings of the season, they were pummeled 7-2 by the Warriors on Tuesday of this week. With Schamerhorn in net again, West Kelowna jumped out to a two-goal lead before Gavin Gould got one back for Merritt

late in the first period. Both Warrior goals were the result of more hustle and finish on their part, and soft team defence on the part of the Cents. The outcome of the game was settled in the second stanza, as West Kelowna scored three more times and outshot Merritt 18-9. The Warriors would add two more in the final 20 minutes to take a six-goal lead before Jake Clifford was able to reply for the Centennials. The final shot count

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favoured West Kelowna 43-30. The Cents were without Kero, Birks and Jason Bird in the line-up. The Cents hit the road this weekend for three games in three days on their final swing through the BCHL’s Island division. They play in Powell River Friday night, in Port Alberni Saturday and in Cowichan on Sunday afternoon. Merritt doesn’t play at home again until Feb. 21 when — who else — West Kelowna comes to town.


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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE NICOLA VALLEY Have an event we should know about? Tell us by calling 250-378-4241 or emailing production@merrittherald.com NVCAC CONCERT COMMITTEE 8th Annual Community Arts Show. ”Things That Make You Smile”. Show begins Feb. 6 and runs through Feb. 28. Reception on Feb. 7 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Deadline for submitted work will be noon Wed. Feb. 5. For more info contact Meriel at 250378-6515 or email artgallerynv@ gmail.com or nicolavalleyartscouncil@gmail.com. Gallery hours are Thurs. 4 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The gallery is located in the Old Courthouse Arts Centre at 1840 Nicola Ave.

MERRITT OLD TIME FIDDLERS Will be jamming downstairs at the Legion on Friday, February 14. Baron of beef at 5:00 p.m. and music at 7:00 p.m. Bring your partner and enjoy good food and good music.

Culture Club Friday Feb. 15. Thinking about taking your sweetie out for a night on the town? Then join SaySo for the pre-show Indian dinner option (tickets limited), or just come for the music. For more info contact saysosociety@gmail.com

Paws and Tales Ensemble Sunday Feb. 16 7:00 p.m. to

PRINCETON ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS Outerbridge Pure Illusions. Riverside Community Theatre. Sun. Feb. 23 7:30 p.m.

THE NICOLA VALLEY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE is holding its Spring Tea and Raffle, Saturday Feb. 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Seniors Centre. Tea, coffee and sweets will be served.

DESSERT CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS

SAYSO PRESENTS BLUEGRASS LOVE IN

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9:00 p.m. at St. Albans Hall (501 Brink Street in Ashcroft). This concert features a group of Kamloops based classical musicians Carlene Wieve, Catharine Dochstader, Sally Arai and Dimiter Terziev. Tickets at The Ashcroft Bakery, Ashcroft Natures Gifts or The Cariboo Jade Shoppe.

Paws and Tales Ensemble. Sun. Feb. 16 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Albans Hall (501 Brink St. in Ashcroft). This concert features a group of Kamloops based classical musicians Carlene Wiebe, Catharine Dochstader, Sally Arai and Dimiter Terziev. Purchase advance tickets at any of the following local businesses: The Ashcroft Bakery - 303 3rd St., Natures Gifts, 413 Railway Ave., The Cariboo Jade Shoppe, 1093 Todd Road, Cache Creek.

NICOLA VALLEY FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS ”Kon Tiki” Rated G on Monday,

Feb. 17th at 7:30 p.m. at the NVIT Lecture Theatre. Parking is free and there is no food or drink allowed in the theatre. For more information phone 378-3974.

NICOLA VALLEY FISH & GAME CLUB Annual trophy & awards night pot luch supper to be held Saturday Mar. 8 at the Seniors Centre. Big fish and photo entries. Deadline Feb. 22. Entries can be left at Ponderosa or Nicola Valley Outdoors. For info call Paul Komonoski 250-378-4904

NICOLA FAMILY THERAPY Is hosting its 2nd annual Baron of Beef fundraiser Sat. March 1 at the Lower Nicola Community Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. dinner at 6 p.m. For tickets call 250-3789222 or stop by Nicola Family Therapy in the front of City Holl building.

of February. Walk an area to call on people in your neighbourhood to help your health and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Volunteers are needed in the Diamond Vale area, Collettville, Lower Nicola, Highway 8, Mamit Lake area, Petit Creek and Spius Creek Roads. To volunteer and for more info call Gloria 250-378-4153

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Navy League is in need of officer’s and volunteers to help out with our growing Cadet Corps. Our children are age 9 to 13 and we meet every Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you have past experience or are interested in becoming a part of our Corps please contact us. Ellen 250-280-6944, Debra 250-2804086 or email at nlccventure@ gmail.com

KNITWITS Love to knit or crochet? Or are you a novice interested in learning more about knitting or crocheting in a friendly and welcoming setting? Come on down to Brambles Bakery Thursday evenings. Bring your yarn and needles and join in the fun.

MERRITT & DISTRICT HOSPICE SOCIETY TRAINING COURSE Are you interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer? Are you interested in learning what hospice and palliative care are all about? Course offered Mar. 7, 8 and 9. For more info email merritthospice@shaw.ca or call Maureen at 250-315-7562

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HEART AND STROKE MONTH Volunteers are needed to assist with canvassing during the month

The Valley Visual Arts (VVA) will be holding a weekly Creative Art Session, in the Orange Room at the Art Gallery, every Thursday between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Everyone welcome to stop in and

see their work.

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at The Art Gallery. 250-378-6515 www. nvartscouncil.com N.V. Dirt Riders Association Last Wednesday 7 p.m. Garden Sushi - Scott: 250-378-3502 N.V. Fall Fair Third Monday 7 p.m. 2145 Quilchena Ave. 250-378-5925 N.V. Fish & Game (except July and Aug.) Third Wednesday 7 p.m. 2236 Jackson Ave. 250-378-4572 or 250-378-4904 N.V. Heritage Society Last Wednesday - Baillie House 250-378-0349 N.V. Quilters Guild First & Third Thursdays Civic Centre 7 p.m. 250-378-4172 N.V. Search & Rescue Second Monday 7 p.m. at the airport - 250-3786769 N.V. Thrift Store First Tuesday NVGH basement 250-378-9100 N.V. Women’s Institute Second Wednesday - 1:30 p.m. For locations, 250-378-2536 One Way Krew Youth Group Tuesdays 7 - 8:30 p.m. Crossroads Community Church 250-378-2911 Pathfinders Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Central School - 250-936-8298 Patricia Rebekah Lodge Second & Fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. Lawn Bowling Club Rocky Mnt. Rangers Cadets Tuesdays 6 p.m. 250-378-1302 or 250-572-3775 Royal Canadian Legion #96 Executive Mtg. Second Thursday 6 p.m. - Regular

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NV REMOTE CONTROL FLYER We are starting a new club in town for flying model aircraft. We fly at various locations around town. New members welcome. For more info, call Jack 250378-4371.

TRINITY UNITED CHURCH 1899 Quilchena Ave. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sundays for children ages 4 to 8 years. Children learn of God’s love through stories, music, crafts and fun. More information: Gail 250378-9706

MERRITT SENIOR CENTRE Weekly schedule is as follows: Monday: Crib & Whist 7 p.m. Tuesday: Bingo 1 p.m., Duplicate Bridge 7 p.m. Wednesday: Carpet Bowling 1:30 p.m., Court Whist 7 p.m. Thursday: Floor Curling 1 p.m. (third week - shut-in lucheon) Friday: Rummoli & Games 7 p.m. All seniors welcome.

Mtg. Fourth Thursday 7 p.m. 1940 Quilchena - 250-378-5631 Royal Purple First & Third Mondays 1:00 p.m. - Downstairs @ Elks Hall 250-378-6788 Rotary Club of Merritt Every Thursday - Noon Brambles Bakery Cafe. 250-378-5535 Sagebrush Spinners and Weavers Guild Tamarack Gardens every other Thursday at 11:00 AM Bev at 250-378-2787. Rotary Club of Merritt - Sunrise Every Tuesday - 7 a.m. Brambles Bakery Seniors’ Mixed Curling Mondays & Tuesdays 1 - 3 p.m. 250-378-5539 Soup Bowl Tuesdays 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Anglican Church Hall Sparks Mondays 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Central School - 250-315-7410 Teen Centre / Fireside Thursday & Friday 3:30-7:30 p.m. 250-378-5660 24U First & Third Tuesdays 2 p.m. at the Hospice Society - Sue 250-378-2717 or Bonnie 250-315-0179 Valley Scrapbooking 250-936-8298 Valley Visual Artists General club information Fran McMurchy 250-378-4230 Vintage Car Club - Merritt Second Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Ska-Lu-La Workshop Al - 250-378-7402 Ted - 250-378-4195

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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Tuesdays 7 p.m. Seniors’ Centre 250-378-5550 Merritt Elks Lodge Clubs Second & Fourth Wednesday 8 p.m. Elks Hall 250-378-9788 Merritt Lawn Bowling Sun., Tues., & Thurs. at 7 p.m. 250-378-2950 Merritt Lions Club First & Third Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Best Western Han’s Golden Wok 250-378-9509 Merritt Moms Prenatal Post Natal Support group. Monday - Friday - 8:30 a.m. 250-378-2252 Merritt Mountain Biking Assoc.Wednesdays 6 p.m. - ride E: merrittbiking@yahoo.ca T: #merrittbiking Navy League Cadets of Canada Wednesdays 6 - 9 p.m. Cadet Hall - Ages 9-13 welcome 250-280-6944 Merritt Snowmobile Club Second Tuesday 7 p.m. Civic Centre 250-315-1082 Merritt’s Women in Business Second Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Merritt Desert Inn 250-315-5851 Nicola Naturalist Society Third Thursday - 7:00 p.m. NVIT. www.nicolanaturalists.ca N.V. 4-H Club Second Tuesday - 6:30 p.m. Central School - 250-378-5028 Nicola Valley Better Breathers Third Wednesdays 1 p.m. Trinity United - 250-378-6266 N.V. Community Band Tuesdays 7 p.m - MSS Music Room 250-378-5031 or 250-378-9894 NVCAC

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Brownies Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Central School - 250-315-7410 Canadian Diabetes Association Once a month, 7 - 9 p.m. Trinity United Church Hall. Call Eva 250-378-2897 or Gerry at 250-378-3716 CMHA - Merritt Clubhouse Fireside Center - 2026 Granite Ave. Wed/Fri 9 am - 2:30 pm Shirley 250-378-5660 Central School Pac First Tuesday 7 p.m. Lunchroom - 250-378-4892 Community Choir Mondays 7 p.m. - Fall to Spring Collettville Elementary - 250-378-9899 Court Whist - Fun Game Wednesdays 7 p.m. at the Seniors Centre 250-378-2776 Drop-In Soccer Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Girls & Boys 16+ welcome 250-378-2530 Drop-In Volleyball Mondays 7 - 9 p.m. CMS. 250-378-6212. Girl Guides Wednesdays 5:30 -7:00 p.m. Central School 250-936-8298 Ladies’ Curling League Wednesdays 6 & 8 p.m. Call 250-378- 8175 or 250-378-4917 Living With Loss Support Group Wednesdays 7 to 8:45 p.m. 2025 Granite Ave. 250-280-4040 Merritt Curling Club For League Information 250-378-4423 Merritt Dance Society Linda Sanford: 250-378-6109 Merritt Duplicate Bridge Club

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THE CHURCHES OF MERRITT WELCOME YOU Crossroads Community Church 2990 Voght St. • 250-378-2911 Service Time: Sundays 10:30 a.m.

Merritt Baptist Church 2499 Coutlee Ave. (Corner of Coutlee and Orme) • 250-378-2464 Service Time/ Sunday School: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Merritt Lutheran Fellowship in St. Michael's Church • 250-378-9899 Service Time: 3rd Sunday each month 1:00 p.m.

Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church 1950 Maxwell St. • 250-378-9502 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Corner of Jackson & Blair • 250-378-2919 Mass Time: Sundays 9:00 a.m.

Seventh Day Adventist Church 2190 Granite Ave. • 250-378-4061 Service Time: Saturdays 11:00 a.m.

St. Michael’s Anglican Church 1990 Chapman St. • 250-378-3772 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Trinity United Church Corner of Quilchena & Chapman • 250-378-5735 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

HELP US REACH OUR GOAL Would you like to see a movie theatre in Merritt, then the Merritt Community Cinema Soceity can use your help!

Thank you Merritt for helping us purchse the land!

For more information call Rich Hodson 250-378-6794

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If you would like to help donate to this wonderful cause please make cheque payable to Merritt Community Cinema Society and mail it to: 1952 Eastwood Ave., Merritt, BC V1K 1K3

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Hospitality KITCHEN HELPER Permanent kitchen helper required. Need basic English skills, education and experience not required. Duties: Wash, peel, and cut vegetables and fruits, clean and sanitize kitchen equipment, sweep and mop ďŹ&#x201A;oors & assist cook etc. $10.25/hr. Apply with resume to:

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A.R.T ENTERPRISES Ltd o/a Subway at A-2190 Vought St, Merritt, BC, V1K-1B8 is hiring ďŹ ve F/T Permanent Kitchen Helpers. $10.29-$11.50/hour. High School graduate. Duties: Wash & Peel vegetables & fruit. Receive, unpack & store supplies. Remove garbage. Drop-off or email resume: worksubwaymerritt@aol.com

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Permanent, full time Indian ethnic food cook specializing in preparing and cooking vegetarian curries, soups, sauces, poultry, rice, pulses, grains & desserts. Duties: Schedule and supervise kitchen staff, oversee kitchen operations, maintain inventory records of food, supplies & equipment and train kitchen staff. High school education and 3 years exp. required. $12.00/hourly.

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For more information, call Maureen at 250-315-7565

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Application forms are available at the School Board ofďŹ ce, 1550 Chapman Street, or on-line at www.sd58.bc.ca, click on Jobs/Support Positions/Job Postings listed under Job Code # 122390 and follow the prompts provided. Applications, including a detailed resume with a minimum of three references will be accepted until February 14, 2014, and should be forward to: Attn: Secretary Treasurer School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) P.O. Box 4100, 1550 Chapman St. Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 Fax: (250) 378-6263 For further information, contact Mr. Jim GarďŹ eld at 315-1113. Only those applicants being interviewed will be contacted.

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Daryll McLean 1945-2014

It is with sorrow that we tell you that Daryll has lost his courageous battle with cancer on February 4, 2014, He is survived by his wife Doreen, Daughter Dawn (and son Cameron) Couture, sons Blair (Lisa), and Mark, brother Campbell (Peggy), and sisters Lucy (Henry) and Audrey. He is predeceased by his son Monte, brother Gordon, and sisters Stella, Iris, and Myrtle. He has many nieces and nephews. Daryll was born in Saskatchewan, the youngest of 8, and moved to BC in 1966. He had a varied career, working in the plywood manufacturing, working for the City of Merritt, driving tow truck, and doing security work for a local mill. He was also self-employed, owning several different businesses. He enjoyed golĂ&#x20AC;ng and curling and was a member of the Rotary Club. He also served for 6 years as an alderman on Merrittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s City Council. He had a zest for life and will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. A celebration of Life will be held at a later date; time and place to be determined. Should friends desire, in lieu of Ă owers, donations may be made to the Merritt and District Hospice Society 3451 Voght Street, Merritt BC, V1K 1C6. The family would like to acknowledge the support and comfort of our many friends during the past year, and would especially recognize the following professionals: Dr. Smit, Curt Thoms, and all the devoted, caring staff of Gillis House.

Training Course - $50/person March 7, 8 and 9, 2014

The district has a high percentage of First Nations and other multicultural students and so being sensitive to cultural diversities would be an asset.

Gordon Thomas McPhail Gordon Thomas McPhail passed away peacefully in the the Royal Inland Hospital on February 4, 2014 at the age of 84. Tom was born in Belmont, Manitoba, on January 17, 1930. After farming in Manitoba and working in the forests of Northern Ontario, Tom worked his way across Canada at various jobs, including dairying in the B.C. Lower Mainland; building a retaining wall at Hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate, in the rugged Fraser Canyon; and putting up telegraph lines on the for CN Rail. In 1954, Tom started work for the BC Telephone Company in Kamloops, B.C. In 1958, Tom met Myrna in Merritt and the two were married in September, 1959. After a few years residing in Kamloops, Tom and Myrna moved to Merritt in 1962 where he continued to work with BC Tel and where he and Myrna owned and operated the Cottonwood Trailer Park in Lower Nicola until 2002. Tom and Myrna also ran the Cottonwood Store until the mid 1960s. Tom retired from BC Tel in 1985. During his retirement, Tom and Myrna traveled extensively throughout North America and would often spend winter months in Arizona. Tom enjoyed many activities including curling and golf; he continued to golf even last year. Tom will be lovingly remembered for his kind, gentle nature, his dry wit and wonderful sense of humor, his horsemanship, his entertaining rhymes and songs, his unwavering generosity and helpfulness. Tom is survived by his wife, Myrna, daughter, Linda Murray, son, Lowell McPhail, brother, Bob McPhail, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Tom was a hardworking and devoted family man who will be greatly missed. At his request, rather than a service there will be a celebration of his life later this year. In lieu of Ă owers please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC.

Social Development Coordinator Coldwater Indian Band has an opening for an individual to head up its Social Development Department fulltime @ 70 hours bi-weekly. The successful candidate would provide overall direction for the management of Coldwater Band social programs. The candidate should also have education in a related Ă&#x20AC;eld such as a BSW, or equivalent experience and education. The candidate should have practical work experience, minimum three (3) years equivalent experience. A detailed job description is available by contacting Coldwater Band ofĂ&#x20AC;ce. Resumes and covering letters and personal references may be sent by e-mail to: lantoine@coldwaterband.org. We also ask that the applicants state salary expectations in the cover letter, , however salary shall be subject to available funding Or mailed to:

Personnel Committee Coldwater Indian Band Box 4600 Merritt BC, V1K 1B8

Or hand delivered to:

Coldwater Indian Band OfĂ&#x20AC;ce 2249 Quilchena Avenue, Merritt BC.

Closing Date: February 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm, We thank all applicants and advise that only those shortlisted will be contacted for an interview. Remuneration will be based on qualiĂ&#x20AC;cations and experience.

ASSISTANT MECHANIC Reporting to the lead turf technician this individual will be responsible for assisting the lead technician in daily duties. The candidate should have a strong mechanical background but does not require a trade ticket This is currently a seasonal position from March 15th to Nov 15th and will have a starting wage of $18.00/hr. Please submit CV and resume by Friday, February 28th to the Golf Course Superintendent, Norley Calder by email at ncalder@sagebrushclub.com

NOW HIRING part time, day/evening positions â&#x20AC;˘ We provide on the job training â&#x20AC;˘ Must have current Drivers Licence â&#x20AC;˘ Starting wage $11/hr or based on experience Send resumĂŠ or drop off to: 1721 Hill St., Merritt, BC, V1K 1L2 or phone: 250-378-9410 or email:tbmservices@telus.net


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KITCHEN HELPER Queen India Food 2 Go is hiring 1 permanent kitchen helper for its location 3683 Dewolf Way Merritt, B.C. V1K 1C4. Basic English required. Exp. an asset but not required. Duties: Wash, peel, and cut vegetables and fruits, Clean and sanitize kitchen equip. Sweep and mop floor etc. Salary: $10.30/Hourly, Room and Board provided. Apply at: queenindiafood @hotmail.com

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FOR RENT 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT 1 unit available, 1st Áoor unit ideal for seniors

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