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FIRE AWAY Elizabeth and Derek Clare visit with fire prevention officer Sky McKeown at the Merritt fire hall for an open house last Thursday. The Clares were two of about 25 people who dropped in to take a look around and learn a little more about two capital projects that will cost the city $1 million. For the full story, see page 3. Michael Potestio/Herald
Sturgis Canada announces music lineup By Emily Wessel THE HERALD
Canadian classic rock legend Burton Cummings will headline the 2014 Sturgis Canada festival for its inaugural event in Merritt. The concert lineup for the Aug. 21 to 24 weekend also includes The Stampeders, Moxy and Teenage Head. Festival organizer Ray Sasseville called the lineup a “Canadian classic rock ‘n’ roll revival.” Woodstock alumni Canned Heat will play their boogie-blues on the main stage, as will EnglishCanadian glam rocker Nick Gilder with Sweeney Todd. Singer-song-
writer Jerry Doucette will play a more laid-back set one afternoon during the festival. “It’s a really cool, eclectic group of bands we’ve got together,” Sturgis Canada president Joan Hansen said, adding it’s not the usual casino tour crowd. The main stage opens up at 7 p.m. and the last act is booked for 11 p.m. In addition to the main stage concerts, the beer gardens — which organizers are calling the Iron Mountain Saloon — will host live entertainment daily on its stage. That beer garden stage will also host B.C.-based country band Me and Mae on the Sunday night,
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watching, and another to tour wineries. The organizers said riding a motorcycle isn’t a requirement for enjoying the festival. “You don’t need a motorcycle to come; you can have an RV and come to enjoy four days of great music and still go on the tours,” Sasseville said. For those who don’t ride motorcycles, buses will also make the day trips. A portion of the proceeds from the rides will benefit charities, which Hansen will have a local element — although which local charities will be the recipients is to be determined.
The festival will also include show and shines, rodeo games, bike games, burnout competitions at festival grounds, a cabbage patch wrestling match and a Miss Sturgis Canada pageant. The Freedom Biker Church and the Gospel Riders will host a daily mass at 8 a.m. With the entertainment lineup rounded out, organizers are looking for volunteers for everything from attending parking to working in the beer gardens. Hansen said they’re also looking for vendors for everything from food to merchandise. For more information, visit sturgiscanada.com.
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when organizers will announce the dates and location for a country music festival they’re planning as well. Hansen and Sasseville said they think Merritt’s location and accessibility from the Lower Mainland will benefit the festival, and are aiming to bring in between 3,500 to 7,500 people per day that weekend. “It’s like being at a club in North Van and living in Abbotsford,” Sasseville said of the commute from the Lower Mainland to the site for a concert. Also on the agenda are daily motorcycle rides, including one down to the Coast to go whale
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Upper Nicola launches new brand By Michael Potestio THE HERALD
With the goal of improving communication, the Upper Nicola Band has taken on a new look. Former Chief Dan Manuel (who was chief during the rebrand) said the new branding is part of sweeping changes to their communications overhaul. A new logo has been adopted, and a new website recently launched. The new branding was done by First Nations communications company CopperMoon Communications. Senior manager of communications for CopperMoon Richard Truman said the company developed the new logo and website in addition to developing a brand guide book, template materials and giving band staff a training session. Manuel said the band had difficulties reproducing and imprinting the former logo due to the amount of detail it had. “We just felt it was time for a change,” Manuel said.
The new logo is a dark red and white red-tailed hawk with its wings spread open, while the former logo featured a galloping horse and an eagle’s head on a backdrop of the sun. The red-tailed hawk is a common bird of prey in the Upper Nicola area, and it is also one of cultural significance, Manuel said. Manuel said the band wanted colours that were attractive and represented the Upper Nicola community. He said the colours used, such as the reds and yellows, reflect the area’s landscape and were present in their old logo, but were brighter. “We softened the colours up, but also maintained some consistency and continuity in those colours,” Manuel said. Truman said it was interesting to see how the sandy shades and reds used in the website and logo are suited to the Upper Nicola community. The new website has a cleaner look to it than the old one, Manuel said.
“The website hhas been b ttotally t ll revamped,” he said. Manuel said the band administration wanted a website that was accessible and easy for visitors to the site to use, including band members. He said there is better website management now as CopperMoon provided training to staff to help keep the site up to date. “If you’re logging in as a member and nothing changes, there’s no new information, [and] you’re going to stop logging in after three or four times,” Manuel said. Truman said the training session showed staff how to use the website and add content. Manuel said the band has also taken on a simpler name as part of their communica-
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tions strategy, referring ti t t f i to themselves as simply Upper Nicola, and dropping the word ‘band’ from its name. “We were Upper Nicola Indian Band, then we were Upper Nicola Band, now we’re Upper Nicola,” Manuel said. That change was made to show that the community is more than just a band. He said the name
Upper Nicola Band had sometimes brought about confusion amongst people outside the community. “I’ve been asked what kind of music we play,” Manuel said, regarding people confusing the band for a group of musicians. The website comes with a new, shorter web address as well: uppernicola.com. Manuel said being more user-friendly was a goal in the community’s communications strategy. “We’re making it easier for people to know who we are,” Manuel said. Development of the new branding began back in October.
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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS
Little critters find outlet in Merritt By Emily Wessel THE HERALD
Sue Anderson has always loved animals. About a year ago, the born-and-raised Merrittonian found a way to parlay that love for critters into a living: by opening Blooming Pets in downtown Merritt. While Anderson has what she describes as “the usual” for pets — dogs, cats and fish — she has turned her store into a haven for little critters, and some of them are somewhat unusual. Among them, axolotls — freshwater amphibians native to Mexico that live underwater but have lizardlike feet. Almost an entire wall is dedicated to fish. The salt water tank Blooming Pets owner Sue Anderson holds Miley, a Newbark puppy who’s up for adoption, in front of her store’s salt water fish tank. houses some more recEmily Wessel/Herald ognizable fish, including to five years — a much the furry critters, hamcrawling out of the clownfish and royal blue include soft corals, tiny smaller commitment sters are a big draw, she sand,” she said, and starfish, snails and a tang — species made than the 15 of a rabbit said. formidable-looking spiky sure enough, tiny crabs famous by Nemo and or 25 for a turtle. She said hamsters emerge for food. black sea urchin. Dory from the 2003 As well as offering tend to make good pets Anderson said fish “When I feed, the Disney-Pixar blockbuster a smattering of little for children because are among her more whole thing comes to Finding Nemo. critters for people in they typically live four popular offerings. Of life. Stuff just starts Their tank-mates
Merritt, Anderson also works with a local cat and kitten rescue and Newbark Canine Rescue and Rehoming Society, a local small dog rescue. She supports them when she can and fosters dogs for Newbark, which get plenty of exposure at the store. Anderson also has the help of four volunteers, who are all girls in their mid-teens. “They’re a huge help to me. All kinds of stuff, from cleaning the betta bowls, one will do the turtle tank, I give them different tasks and different times,” she said, adding she also parlays her love of animals into lessons for her volunteers. “That’s one thing my volunteers like too, I kind of quiz them a little bit. I teach them things. I don’t want them to just hang around and do nothing.” Anderson will be offering cake to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her store on March 29 during regular store hours.
Fire hall opens doors ahead of major renos By Michael Potestio THE HERALD
The Merritt Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) held an open house on Thursday to educate the public on how $1 million from the City of Merritt will be spent. At the last council meeting on March 11, city council approved borrowing $1 million to fund the building of a new truck bay and acquisition of a new pumper truck for MFRD. About 25 people walked through the fire hall on Thursday as fire prevention officer Sky McKeown, training office Carl Johnston and chief Dave Tomkinson met with visitors in the truck bay. Tomkinson told the Herald that this year, fire engine two is being degraded by 10 per cent, which will put MFRD under its required pumping capacity. In order to maintain its rating with Fire Underwriters, Merritt’s fire trucks are required to have a collective pumping capacity of 3,300
imperial gallons per minute. “For the next five years, it’ll decrease 10 per cent per year until in the fifth year, Fire Underwriters won’t give the pump a rating at all,” Tomkinson said. “And it’s so that municipalities or cities don’t have antiquated equipment.” Reduced gradings could result in higher insurance premiums for residential and commercial buildings, Tomkinson said. In 2012, residential dwellings in Merritt went from a grade of 3A to a grade of two in fire protection, which is the highest level of grading the city can have without career firefighters. Commercial buildings that year went from a grade of six to five, meaning those buildings are considered semi-protected. Merritt’s fire grading for both residential and commercial buildings improved between 2008 and 2012 thanks in part to improvements, such as acquiring
its ladder truck, building a reservoir, improving fire hydrants and the creation of its work experience program. “I think we’re about as good as we can be at this present time until there’s more development and then we kind of have to roll with the punches,” Tomkinson said. Tomkinson said they hope the new truck bay and pumper truck buys them another 10 to 20 years of stability before having to make any other changes. However, if there is an influx of development and demand on fire services, more upgrades could be needed sooner in Merritt. Merritt’s next Fire Underwriters survey will be in 2017. The replacement for fire engine two is expected to cost about $600,000 and have a 20-year lifespan. The current engine two will be moved into reserve. Fire engine one isn’t expected to be replaced until
2025 and the ladder truck will not need to be until 2028. The new addition to the truck bay will be a 2,000square-foot, single apparatus, double-depth truck bay with a sanitary air room, storage room, mezzanine storage and work bench area. The new bay will be 100 feet long and 20 feet wide, Tomkinson said, and it will be built on the west side of the fire hall. The new bay will add much-needed space to the hall. “These aren’t wants, these are things that we’re told by Fire Underwriters. It’s part of having a healthy community and having a fire service that meets a standard,” Tomkinson said. The firetrucks are currently parked within inches of the doors. Tomkinson said many of the people they met with noticed how cramped the current truck bay is, and he said storage is an issue. The new bay will have
a wood frame with exterior metal cladding and will not be designed to leadership in energy and environmental design standards. The sanitary air room, where firefighters will fill their breathing apparatuses, will be separated from the hall, which is contrary to their current setup, he said. “The fire station’s 42 years old and has never had a major renovation, so this will be the first time,” Tomkinson said. The new pumper truck won’t be servicing the Merritt area until about 2015 as it takes a year to build. A second phase to make changes to the administrative side of the building is in the works, but is still a few years off, Tomkinson said. The borrowing bylaw must now go through the alternative approval process, which means if fewer than 550 residents sign a petition against borrowing that money for the fire department projects, it will have public assent.
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REMEMBER WHEN? From the Herald archives: March 1978 French language questionnaire upsets some local parents A survey to determine the parent interest in a French language education program for schools in B.C. at the elementary level has not been well received by Merritt residents, according to school board chairman Eleanor Norgaard, commenting during last Thursday’s meeting. “Most of the calls I have received on the survey are from parents who are unhappy because the questionnaire didn’t ask whether they want the French language program to begin with,” explained Mrs. Norgaard. “It simply asks a number of questions to determine how much in favour parents are of a partial or total French program. The general feeling was that the survey was useless since it didn’t ask the most important question.” The provincial government recently commissioned Canadian Facts Co. Ltd. to conduct a provincewide survey to determine the interest in and need for a French language elementary program.
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Alternate billing cycle for garbage, sewer, water fees proposed The following is an excerpt from the City of Merritt regular council meeting agenda from March 25, 2014. In 2013, staff and council updated the user fees bylaws and began billing the residential utility fees annually on April 1 of each year. The bylaw currently states that the residential fees for garbage, sewer and water are due and payable to
the city by May 15 of each year. The bylaw also states that any unpaid utilities at this due date will apply a five per cent penalty. Today I would like to propose the option to divide the residential utility fees into two equal payments. The feedback received from last yearâ€™s update to the utility billing cycle was that residents wanted to see the bill divided in two. I agree with this recommendation
as splitting the invoice will alleviate the burden of the entire yearâ€™s fees due at one time. This change will increase communication and connection with taxpayers by reaching them with an invoice in the early spring and again in the fall. The first half of utilities would be invoiced on April 30 and the second half invoiced on Oct. 31. The second change proposed for the resi-
dential user fees is the removal of the five per cent penalty. To be compliant with the Community Charter, we must remove the penalty stated in our bylaw for the residential garage, water and sewer fees. To replace the penalty, weâ€™re recommending a 10 per cent discount option when the invoice is paid within 30 days. There will be no increase to the user fees when the invoice is paid on time.
Open invitation for song competition The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, is pleased to present a new program to promote music and community spirit across the province. â€œSing Me A Songâ€? is an opportunity for musical groups of all ages and genres to write
and sing an original song in the lead-up to Canadaâ€™s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017. Groups are encouraged to write a song about what Canadaâ€™s 150th birthday means to them or their community. Each entry will be previewed by a panel of musicians from
around the province and an award of $1,000 will be granted annually in each of three age categories. Entries will be posted on the Lieutenant Governorâ€™s website and YouTube channel, Sing Me A Song BC, to be viewed by all British Columbians.
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Embattled NDP MLA Jenny Kwan said Friday she has repaid nearly $35,000 in questionable vacation expenses to the Portland Hotel Society relating to trips her family took in 2012 after the release of bombshell government audits last week. A tearful Kwan told reporters she will take a leave of absence of undetermined length but will remain MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. “Words cannot adequately express how shocked and sorry I am about the findings of these audits,” Kwan said. “I can’t tell NDP MLA Jenny Kwan fielded questions from reporters Friday after saying she would repay her family’s vacation costs linked to the you how upsetting this Portland Hotel Society. CTV Vancouver/Twitter is to me.” to various affiliated funding if they didn’t. husband then told twin audits released She said she companies run by PHS Health Minister her they had a hotel believed the portion of by the province that staff or board memTerry Lake said the upgrade, which she uncovered irregular costs for her and her bers. millions of dollars in believed he and not management expenses children to go along The society operquestionable or unsubPortland had paid for. by the non-profit socion trips to Europe and ates the supervised stantiated expenses Asked by reporters ety that serves people Disneyland that surdrug injection site in uncovered by the if she had considin Vancouver’s Downfaced in the Portland the Downtown Eastaudits were an inapered resigning, Kwan town Eastside. audits had been paid side, as well as other propriate and unacThe money Kwan is responded: “No, I by her estranged husceptable use of taxpay- services. band, a Portland Hotel repaying includes trips haven’t.” ers’ money. The Portland Society manager at the to Vienna and Bristol Large amounts Hotel Society board and a separate trip to time. were spent on vacaand senior managers Disneyland. Citing difficulty tions, high-end hotels, resigned earlier this Kwan said she getting Portland to limousines and other week after the probooked and paid for verify the amounts questionable expenses, vincial government the Disneyland vacalinked to her family including payments threatened to cut off tion herself but her and in determining The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is seeking whether her husband proposals for a seasonal commercial vending operation at the would repay the Zopkios Brake Check. money, Kwan said she Proposals must be submitted before 2:00 p.m., April 1, 2014. was doing it herself via a cheque delivProponents are asked to visit www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca under the ered that morning for Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Category to view $34,922.57. Zopkios Brake Check Vendor Opportunity details and submission She said that’s the requirements and documents. full amount that either Information is also available from the ministry contact provided her ex-husband or her below. family is associated with that was paid by Shawn Clough, District Program Manager Portland. Telephone: 250 371-3817 Fax: 250 371-3848 “I trusted that he E-mail: Shawn.Clough@gov.bc.ca was telling the truth,” 447 Columbia Street, Suite 127 Kwan said. “I’m taking Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2T3 responsibility for this because I was part of the family unit at the time.” Kwan’s statement follows revelations in
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HERALD OPINION How far will paranoia drive Putin? By Gwynne Dyer gwynnedyer.com
Crimea is going to be part of Russia, and there is nothing anybody else can do about it. The petty sanctions the United States and the European Union are currently imposing have been discounted in advance by Moscow, and even much more serious sanctions would not move it to reconsider its actions. But President Vladimir Putin still has to decide what he does next. One option, of course, is to do nothing more. He has his little local triumph in Crimea, which is of considerable emotional value to most Russians, and he has erased the loss of face he suffered when he mishandled the crisis in Kyiv so badly. If he just stops now, those sanctions will be quietly removed in a year or two, and it will be business as usual between Moscow and the West. If it’s that easy to get past the present difficulties in Moscow’s relations with the U.S. and the EU, why would Putin consider doing anything else? Because he may genuinely believe he is the victim of a Western political offensive in Eastern Europe. Paranoids sometimes have real enemies. NATO’s behaviour since the collapse of the Soviet Union, viewed from Moscow, has been treacherous and aggressive, and it doesn’t require a huge leap of the imagination to see the European Union’s recent policy in Ukraine as a continuation of that policy. After non-violent revolutions swept the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe from power in 1989, the Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev, made a historic deal with U.S. president George H.W. Bush. It was unquestionably the most important diplomatic agreement of the late 20th century.
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Ban on Russian vodka a weak protest
Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS In protest to the crisis in Crimea, the government of Manitoba is considering hitting Russia where it hurts — right in the vodka. Consumerism is a powerful weapon, and one that consumers and entire countries have used over history to send messages to businesses, industries and other countries. While boycotts against specific products protect
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consumers from the direct negative consequences of a product, they can be successful at changing questionable business practices to varying degrees. Consumerism is a highly political act, especially on the grand stage of the global economy. Prohibitions on trade with a country or sanctions limiting said trade can have very damaging effects on economies. At their most successful, embargoes inspire public pressure that overwhelm corrupt political systems. In the 1960s, the AntiApartheid Movement started as a consumer boycott of South African products in protest to that country’s racial segregation, and it soon took off internationally. Some of the effects of
the Boycott Movement, as it was called, included South Africa being removed from the Commonwealth in 1961 and suspended from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. It would take another three decades before apartheid would be abolished, but other countries took a clear stance on the issue and supported internal movements against the system of segregation. On a smaller but nonetheless history-changing scale, the U.S. civil rights movement got a huge surge from the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted about a year from when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. for a white person in December 1955 to December 1956 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled segregation on
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transit to be unconstitutional. The sheer quantity of people who refused to ride the bus during those times was enough to cause economic hardship to the transit system and bring huge attention to civil rights abuses and systemic racism. As with just about every Olympics, boycotts were a hot topic during the recent Sochi games. Some said they’d forgo the games and everything associated with it to take a stand against Russia’s political strife, while others chose to forgo politics and root for their countries’ athletes in the name of nationalism. Obviously, these boycotts and the rhetoric around them did not bring down Putin or his regime, but even if people weren’t picketing out on the streets
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with homemade signs, a symbolic stand against problematic politics and the corruption and violence they engender was spurred. But boycotts don’t always change things politically or even reflect the political or economic climate of the day. Though it’s undergone some changes over the years, U.S.-Cuba embargo has seen the countries at a trade standstill for about five decades. So while I don’t think politicizing vodka is going to settle the clash in Crimea, I do see it as a symbol for taking action. On its own, it might be weak, but in combination with international sanctions and pressure on the subject, it could be one piece in a powerful puzzle.
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On Sunday, March 16 in the evening, my wife and I, while on our way out for supper, had a flat tire on Highway 8 between Merritt and Lower Nicola. While fumbling around trying to get my spare tire down, a young fellow passed and turned around and came back to assist us. Whether it was pure generosity motivated by our grey hair, we’ll never know, but he changed our tire and wished us well and was on his way after a day of snowmobiling in the high country. We offered money and he refused, saying people should want to help others out. We have lived in Lower Nic for going on seven years and found the people down to earth and kind. We love it here. To the young man who came to our aid, thanks again. We know the world is in good hands with young people like you.
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NATO nearing Russia’s western frontier From Page 6 Gorbachev agreed to bring all the Soviet garrisons home from the former satellites and even to allow the reunification of Germany — a very difficult concession when the generation of Russians who had suffered so greatly at Germany’s hands was still alive. In return, the elder president Bush promised the countries that had previously served the Soviet Union as a buffer zone between it and Germany — Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria — would not be swept up into an expanding NATO. They would be free, but NATO’s tanks and aircraft would not move a thousand
‘NATO’s eastern frontier is now only 120 kilometres from Russia’s second city, St. Petersburg.’ — COLUMNIST GWYNNE DYER
kilometres closer to Moscow. It was a wise deal between two men who understood the burden of history, but they were both gone from power by the end of 1992 — and Gorbachev had neglected to get the promise written into a binding treaty. So it was broken, and all those countries were in NATO by 2004 — together with three other countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, that had
actually been part of the Soviet Union itself. NATO’s eastern frontier is now only 120 kilometres from Russia’s second city, St. Petersburg. The Russians were burned again when NATO encouraged the secession of Kosovo from Serbia (a handy precedent for Crimea’s secession from Ukraine), and once more when NATO got Moscow’s agreement to an emergency military intervention in Libya to stop a mas-
sacre and expanded it into a campaign to overthrow the ruler, Moammar Gadhafi. To Russian eyes, what has been happening in Ukraine is more of the same. If Putin believes that, then he thinks he is already in a new Cold War, and he might as well go ahead and improve his position for the coming struggle as much as possible. Specifically, he should grab as much of Ukraine as he can, because otherwise the western part will be turned into a NATO base to be used against him. Crimea is irrelevant in this context: The Russian naval bases there are nostalgic relics from another era, of no real strategic
value in the 21st century. What Putin does need, if another Cold War is coming, is control of the parts of Ukraine where Russian speakers are a majority or nearly so: not just the east, but also the Black Sea coast. But he shouldn’t occupy western Ukraine, because he would face a prolonged guerilla war if he did. This is all extremely paranoid thinking, and perhaps it never passes through Putin’s mind at all. But if it does, then he knows he has just over two months to make up his mind. If Putin allows Ukraine to hold the scheduled national election on May 25, then even the prepos-
terous pretext he has been using for the past month to justify his meddling — that he is intervening to protect Russian-speakers from a “fascist junta” in Kyiv — will vanish. So we should know fairly soon which way he is going to jump. My money says Putin will stop with Crimea, because he’s not that paranoid and because he understands how weak Russia is economically and how quickly it would lose a new Cold War. He has already saved his face; why run further risks? But I have been wrong in the past, once or twice. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.
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Under its new regulations, the BC Government has set up an association led by big corporations to take over the local Blue Box recycling program throughout BC. If you look closely, you’ll see that of seven board members, six are executives of Toronto-based multi-national corporations, with the seventh weighing in from Montreal. How do you like that, British Columbia? This means, unlike the current program run locally by BC municipalities, this new program will be managed not by people whose ﬁrst responsibility is our local environment, but rather, their Bay St. proﬁts. That can’t be a good thing for BC. The most perplexing thing is that we currently have a Blue Box program that works, is efﬁcient, and costs BC homeowners just
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By Ian Webster THE HERALD
Round two of the 2013-14 BCHL playoffs is now in the history books, and just three teams remain in the hunt for the Fred Page Cup. The Interior Conference final went right down to the wire on the weekend, with the Vernon Vipers winning out, 4-3, over the Penticton Vees in dramatic fashion. Tied at three games apiece, it went all the way to 2:06 of the first overtime period in game seven before Michael McNicholas scored the series winner for the victorious Vipers. Playing in front of a largely-hostile, soldout crowd of 3,142 at the South Okanagan Entertainment Centre in Penticton, the Vipers needed two unanswered goals in the third period from Colton Sparrow and Brett Mulcahy to send the winner-takeall contest into extra innings and set the table for McNicholas’s OT heroics. Mulcahy also scored the Vipers’ opening goal in the first period, while the Vees got tallies from Ben Dalpe, Cody DePourcq and Steen Cooper to build a 3-1 lead going into the final 20 minutes of regulation play.
Austin Smith stopped 23 of 26 shots in the Vernon net for the game seven win. His counterpart, Olivier Mantha, stopped all but four of 27 pucks directed his way. Both teams had the benefit of three powerplays, but only Sparrow’s marker came with the man advantage. Home field advantage meant little in the back-and-forth series between the Vipers and Vees as the two teams combined to win five times on enemy soil. The PentictonVernon showdown in the Interior Conference final was the result of firstround series wins over the Merritt Centennials and the West Kelowna Warriors respectively. In the Coast Conference final, the upstart Coquitlam Express continued to play the role of spoiler, downing the numberone ranked Langley Rivermen four games to two in their best-of-seven second-round series. Coquitlam’s first two wins came in Langley in games one and two, while their final two victories were earned on home ice in games four and six. The third-ranked Express got to the conference final thanks to another upset of sorts, as they downed the secondranked Prince George
Spruce Kings in round one, also in six games. Finally, in the Island Conference, the Victoria Cougars needed to win just once on the other team’s ice in knocking off the Powell River Kings in six games. Until the final game — a 4-2 win for the Cougars in Powell River — each team had been dominant at home but unable to steal a victory on the road. Two of the three winning teams in round two of the playoffs have a connection to the Merritt Centennials. Playing for the Vernon Vipers is former Centennial Dylan Chanter. The 19-yearold native of Armstrong toiled on the Cents’ blueline for two seasons before leaving to try his hand south of the border in the North American Hockey League. Chanter left the
NAHL after Christmas, and Merritt traded his BCHL rights to the Vipers for 20-year-old defenceman Jason Bird. In 19 regular-season games with Vernon, Chanter failed to register a point; however, the stay-at-home D’man has come up big in the postseason, scoring twice and adding two assists in 13 games. The Cents’ ties to the Express are even deeper. Playing for Coquitlam are a pair of 19-yearold former Centennials — defenceman John Saunders and forward Brendan Lamont. Saunders was released by Merritt at the beginning of the 2013-14 season. After a stop for coffee in the Alberta Junior Hockey League in the fall, the Calgarian was picked up by the Express. After playing two seasons with the Centennials, Lamont was
traded to the Trail Smoke Eaters last summer for experienced defenceman Shane Poulsen. Shortly before Christmas, Lamont was moved to the Penticton Vees. He played just 17 games for coach Fred Harbinson’s squad before being shifted once again — to the Express. Like Chanter, Lamont has been productive in the postseason, scoring once and adding four assists in 12
playoff games for the Express. The BCHL playoffs now move into uncharted territory. For the first time, the format for round three will see the remaining three teams play a round robin series of homeand-away games against each other, beginning March 28. The top two teams following the six-game, round-robin series will then meet in the Fred Page Cup final — a best-of-seven game series starting April 11. The winner of the Fred Page Cup will represent the BCHL in the Western Canada Cup, slated for April 26 to May 4 in Dauphin, Man. In its second year of existence, the WCC brings together the
Dylan Chanter (Vernon)
Brendan Lamont (Coquitlam)
champions of the BCHL, the AJHL, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in a five-team, 13-game tournament to decide the Western Canadian champion. The WCC winning team and the runnerup team will represent Western Canada at the RBC Cup National Junior A Championship, scheduled for May 10 to 18 in Vernon. Other teams in attendance will be from central Canada, Eastern Canada and the host Vipers. Should Vernon qualify for the Western Canada Cup and go on to place first or second at the WCC, their qualifying spot for the RBC Cup will be taken by the WCC’s third-place finisher.
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Merritt Centennials’ Devin Kero chosen to BCHL rookie all-star team By Ian Webster THE HERALD
Earlier this month, the British Columbia Hockey League announced its 20134-14 all-star teams. The winners were chosen from a survey of BCHL coaches and broadcasters. This season, all three divisions of the BCHL and 11 of the 16 member teams were represented in the all-star selections. Merritt Centennials
netminder Devin Kero was chosen to the BCHL All-Rookie Team. The 20-year-old Kero, who hails from Hancock, Mich., played in 40 regularseason games for the Centennials, amassing a record of 19 wins, 15 losses and four ties. Kero’s regular-season save percentage of 91.8 was third-best in the league, while his goalsagainst average of 2.48 was sixth-best overall.
The six-foot oneinch, 168-pound Kero has committed to play for the Michigan Tech Huskies starting in either 2014 or 2015.
BCHL First-Team All-Stars
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BCHL All-Rookie Team
Goal Jayson Argue Nanaimo Clippers
Goal Hunter Miska Penticton Vees
Goal Devin Kero Merritt Centennials
Defence Brett Beauvais Penticton Vees Marc Biega Coquitlam Express
Defence Carter Cochrane Chilliwack Chiefs Christian Weidauer P. George Spruce Kings
Defence Alexandre Coulombe Penticton Vees Carter Cochrane Chilliwack Chiefs
Forward Landon Smith Salmon Arm Silverbacks Brad McClure Penticton Vees Myles Fitzgerald Victoria Grizzlies
Forward Adam Rockwood Coquitlam Express David Pope West Kelowna Warriors Gerry Fitzgerald Victoria Grizzlies
Forward Liam Blackburn West Kelowna Warriors Jarid Lukosevicius Powell River Kings Danton Heinen Surrey Eagles
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