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HALF WAY TO ELECTION DAY

DAN ALBAS

KARLEY SCOTT

ANGELIQUE WOOD

With the Oct. 19 federal election date less than a month away, the Herald spoke with the three local candidates whose parties all sit neck and neck in the polls at the federal level to find out what they’re hearing from voters. Michael Potestio THE MERRITT HERALD

Biosolids, the economy and health care are just a taste of the issues the local candidates for the Central OkanaganSimilkameen-Nicola riding have been hearing about along the campaign trail. Incumbent Conservative candidate Dan Albas said he’s been hearing concerns in Merritt from ranchers and the forestry sector of an anti-trade government being elected. Liberal hopeful Karley Scott said a lot of what she’s heard in Merritt surrounds the issue of biosolids. “It’s not the only issue, but I think that the group who are advocating on behalf of being heard are very effective at being For all your landscaping needs call the professionals at

heard, and so I hear a lot from them,” she said, noting the Friends of the Nicola Valley anti-biosolids group wants the federal government to get involved in the issue. New Democrat Angelique Wood also said the biosolids issue dominates the conversations she’s had with Merritt voters. Although biosolids are regulated at the provincial level, both Scott and Wood have ideas about how the federal government could get involved. Scott said the government could get involved in the conversation, and after hearing about the issue believes there is a lack of impartial science regarding biosolids. “One of the Liberal Party’s platform pieces that is very clear is that policies will be evidence-based and they will be driven by science,” she said.

In order to help deal with the biosolids issue at the federal level, Wood said the NDP plans to reinstate protections taken out of the Fisheries Act by the Conservative government.

JOBS

Currently Canada sits in the midst of a recession, with the dollar in the mid-seventies compared to the U.S. and oil dropping to about $40 a barrel. When it comes to the economy, Scott said she’s hearing a lot of concerns about jobs around the riding. “People are feeling the pinch because our economy is stagnant, it’s just not growing, so that’s also something that people talk about — needing good jobs in their communities and an economy that’s growing and robust,”

Scott said. She pointed to Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau’s election promise to invest $125 billion — up from the current $65 billion — over the next decade in federal infrastructure as an area of growing the economy. “We’re in a recession, and when you have record low interest rates and you’re in a recession economists agree that investing in infrastructure is going to be the best injection and is going to provide the best return on growing an economy quickly,” she said. In the area of jobs, Albas said the government needs to focus on supporting the ones people have at the moment, noting mining is a critical industry in Logan Lake.

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SUBSTATION OPEN HOUSE Looking forward to the end of October startup of the new BC Hydro Merritt substation, an open house was held last Saturday. Guests were treated to a barbecue and bucket-truck rides, as well as guided tours of the new station’s inner workings. TOP LEFT Engineer Bryan Schurko and David Wyse lead a tour group through the station. BOTTOM LEFT Jenia Molodtsova holds a map indicating the locations where training centres are located. BOTTOM RIGHT Schurko explains the differences between the old and new substations. TOP RIGHT Brooke Gustafson, age 9, listening intently to the tour guide.

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• ANOTHER SUSPICIOUS FIRE AT DIAMOND VALE Like the one which suspiciously caught fire in the same trailer park this past June, this trailer was also vacant. Temporary LNG fuelling station set up in Merritt by ENN Canada. Michael Potestio/Herald Michael Potestio THE MERRITT HERALD

ENN Canada is moving ahead with its plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelling station for commercial trucks in Merritt, but at half the size of the original proposal. At its regular meeting on Tuesday, city council approved a scaled back development permit for the company and rescinded their previous one. The original development permit, which was good for two years, was set to expire next month. ENN currently operates a makeshift fueling

station behind the Greyhound bus station along Airport Road. The company states that the LNG station it envisioned when it applied for a development permit back in 2013 was designed to serve up to 100 customers per day. However, the fuelling station there now only fills about five to 10 trucks per day. ENN anticipated the B.C. market for commercial trucks filling up with liquefied natural gas would grow at a rapid pace, but that has not been the case. The original building plans utilized the entire property, but this redesigned version will only

require half the site. The company’s temporary use permit for the set up it has in place at the Wagon West Travel Plaza expires in January. Construction of a permanent station is estimated to take between six and nine months to complete. ENN Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of ENN Group, a global leader in alternative clean energy solutions and one of the largest natural gas distributors in China. LNG is a low-carbon, clean and less expensive alternative to diesel. It is colorless, odorless, non-toxic and non-corrosive.

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• Albas still leading in aggregate local polls —tight race nationally While national polls are predicting a tight threeway race between blue, orange and red, here in the Nicola Valley the numbers aren’t quite so close.

Saying goodbye in style Andrea Rogers, who moved to Kamloops, had a farewell tea this past Saturday. See the photos inside.

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Bear-human conflict occurs in Merritt every year and results in the destruction of many bears.

ENN rationale for LNG station The following is an excerpt from the City of Merritt regular council meeting agenda for September 15, 2015

---------------------Letter to Sean O’Flaherty, Merritt planning and development services manager from Stephen Pogorski, vice president technology for ENN Canada

ENN Canada’s Merritt LNG station is an important location for LNG truck customers travelling to and from the interior of B.C. In 2013, when ENN Canada originally submitted a permit for development of an LNG station in Merritt it was anticipated that the LNG truck market would grow at a rapid pace. While the LNG truck market is a growing market in BC it is growing at a slower rate than originally anticipated. The LNG station development permit approved on January 14, 2015 and extended in January 2015 was based on a station that was designed to serve up to 100 LNG truck customers per day. The equipment on site is currently meeting existing customer demand. The design in our 2015 submission uses the existing equipment with cardlock capability and is suitable for servicing up to 40 trucks per day providing growth potential from the five to 10 trucks that we currently fuel per day. (See the full report at www.merritt.ca)

NEW BUILDING INSPECTOR HOURS Please be advised starting September 2015,

INSPECTION DAYS WILL CHANGE TO: TUESDAY and THURSDAY Office hours: 8:30 am to 11:00am Inspection hours: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

This is the time of year that bear sightings increase as they prepare to feast before dormancy. Garbage is the #1 attractant for bears and can attract bears away from their normal habitat. Bears are most active at night so garbage cannot be placed curbside the night before the scheduled pick-up day. The City adopted a bylaw March 10th 2015 that requires garbage cans must be placed curbside after 5am the morning of collection. It is also a provincial offence under the Wildlife Act to attract or leave an attractant for dangerous wildlife, such as bears. Do your part and manage your bear attractants, or it’s possible to receive a $100 fine. Let’s reduce bear-human conflict and avoid unnecessary destruction of bears.

To call for inspections call 250-378-8622 Or email at: dlindenbach@merritt.ca

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING & DEVELOPMENT A great career opportunity!

A change in our corporate structure has led to the creation of this position. It will have a significant role as part of our new senior management leadership team. The team’s role is to effectively lead the continuous need for organizational and process change that is part of success in business and administration. The position reports to the Chief Administrative Office (CAO). The Director provides leadership, and guidance in the development, implementation and administration of the City’s capital projects, maintenance programs, the Official Community Plan process and Zoning Bylaws. We are looking for a natural leader who: UÊ Has demonstrated integrity, ethics, the organization’s values, confidentiality and professionalism in their work in the public and political environment UÊ Is engaging and comfortable working with the public, fellow staff and Council UÊ Is a strategic thinker who places forethought into all decision making processes UÊ Enjoys the detail of municipal administration, but doesn’t get mired in it UÊ Most importantly… has the drive, but not an over powering one, to lead others to succeed!

Qualifications and Experience UÊ A bachelor’s degree in public administration, business or a directly related field UÊ Five years progressively responsible municipal experience with at least two years experience as the Officer responsible for corporate administration UÊ Completion of a Local Government Administration education program, designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk or Registered Parliamentarian is desired. UÊ Proven organizational and management ability in a municipal setting UÊ Demonstrated technological competence UÊ A strong communicator

Qualifications and Experience UÊ Post-secondary diploma or degree in Civil Engineering or Planning UÊ Extensive municipal infrastructure experience with demonstrated record of technical knowledge, skills and abilities and achievement UÊ Supervisory experience UÊ knowledge and understanding of the Community Charter and the Local Government Act UÊ Experience in computer applications related to the field of engineering UÊ Ability to interpret construction and design drawings

Applications will be reviewed commencing September 18, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Please forward resume, cover letter & requests for information to the attention of: Shawn Boven, CAO sboven@merritt.ca 250-378-8613

Next council meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 Council agendas and minutes at www.merritt.ca

What is an Age-Friendly Community?

r All residents, regardless of age or ability, should be included in all aspects of community life and be recognized for the valuable contributions they make. r An Age-Friendly Community supports active aging through the development of policies, services and structures that improve opportunities for health, participation and security for all residents.

What is the purpose of the Age-Friendly Action Plan?

r The Age-Friendly Action Plan is meant to be a bottom-up approach to enhancing age-friendliness in Merritt and help to ensure that the needs of the community continue to be met throughout all stages of life. r Resident feedback and comments are important to the Action Plan as they will be used to direct the final document. r The goals and objectives that are outlined within the plan will inform the decisions of both City officials and community partners. Complete Community Open House Vision and direction session Completion and review of draft Age-Friendly Action Plan Adopt the final City of Merritt Age-Friendly Action Plan

r See the City of Merritt’s website at: www.merritt.ca/age-friendly-action-plan r Or call the Project Director, Sean O’Flaherty at 250-378-8620

We are looking for a natural leader who: UÊ Has demonstrated integrity, ethics, the organization’s values, confidentiality and professionalism in their work in the public and political environment UÊ Is engaging and comfortable working with the public, fellow staff and council UÊ Is a strategic thinker who places forethought into all decision making processes UÊ Enjoys the detail of municipal administration, but doesn’t get mired in it UÊ Most importantly… has the drive, but not an over powering one, to lead others to succeed!

The City offers a competitive salary, with a comprehensive benefits package for this senior management position.

r Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 r Location: City Hall Community Room r Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm

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A great career opportunity!

In addition to the normal responsibilities of a Corporate Officer this position: UÊ Oversees the provision of Bylaw Enforcement and Human Resources services UÊ Acts as the primary media relations contact for the local government UÊ Is the Local Government Emergency Public Information Officer, and UÊ Is the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Coordinator

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DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SERVICES

The position reports to the Chief Administrative Office (CAO). The Director advises the CAO, Mayor, Council and senior staff on legislative and related matters and provides a link between the Mayor and Council, staff and the public on these matters.

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

You are invited! Please join us for an open house to learn more about the City’s new Age-Friendly Action Plan and provide feedback on what being ‘age-friendly’ means to you.

Next Steps

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:

A change in our corporate structure has led to the creation of this position. It will have a significant role as part of our new senior management leadership team. The team’s role is to effectively lead the continuous need for organizational and process change that is part of success in business and administration.

City of Merritt Age-Friendly Action Plan

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & IT A great career opportunity!

A change in our corporate structure has led to the creation of this position. It will have a significant role as part of our new senior management leadership team. The team’s role is to effectively lead the continuous need for organizational and process change that is part of success in business and administration. The position reports to the Chief Administrative Office (CAO). This Statutory Officer position provides leadership and guidance in the establishment, implementation and administration of the Financial Plans of the City. The Director also oversees the central computer system and provides leadership in corporate information technology applications and hardware. We are looking for a natural leader who: UÊ Has demonstrated integrity, ethics, the organization’s values, confidentiality and professionalism in their work in the public and political environment UÊ Is engaging and comfortable working with the public, fellow staff and Council UÊ Is a strategic thinker who places forethought into all decision making processes UÊ Enjoys the detail of municipal administration, but doesn’t get mired in it UÊ Deals with issues on a timely basis UÊ Brings clarity to complex issues UÊ Most importantly… has the drive to, but not over powering one, to lead others to succeed! Qualifications and Experience UÊ A CPA designation UÊ Five or more years of extensive municipal financial experience UÊ Working knowledge of Provincial Legislation UÊ Proven organizational and management ability in a municipal setting UÊ A high level of competency and understanding of computer systems and municipally related software

The City offers a competitive salary, with a comprehensive benefits package for this senior management position.

The City offers a competitive salary, with a comprehensive benefits package for this senior management position.

Applications will be reviewed commencing September 18, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications will be reviewed commencing September 18, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please forward resume, cover letter & requests for information to the attention of: Shawn Boven, CAO sboven@merritt.ca 250-378-8613

Please forward resume, cover letter & requests for information to the attention of: Shawn Boven, CAO sboven@merritt.ca 250-378-8613

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“A Conservative government is the only one that openly supports resource communities like Merritt, Princeton and Logan Lake,� Albas said. Albas said that NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s talk of raising corporate taxes will make it difficult for companies to be profitable and avoid making layoffs. The NDP is calling for an increase in Canada’s corporate tax rate from 15 per cent to 17.5 per cent. The federal corporate tax rate fell from 21 per cent in 2006 to 15 per cent in 2012, under Harper’s Conservatives. Wood said the NDP wants to see more diversification in the economy from the oil and gas sector. “We’re always told in our own banking and our own lives don’t put all your eggs in one basket, and the Harper government has been determined to put all its money in the oil sands, all our money in the oil sands,� she said noting the NDP wants more attention paid to infrastructure and manufacturing.

FORESTRY

In the forestry industry, prices have fallen and the allowable annual cut is likely coming down, further putting stress on the industry. When it comes to the forestry industry, Albas said that every industry has a different need depending on the global and local economy, so Canada needs to continue making targeted investments. Scott said the lumber industry in Merritt is one she’s been trying to learn more about and would like to hear more on forestry issues. Wood said the NDP is a strong supporter of finding ways to keep dollars circulating within the economy, and the party is proposing innovation subsidies, which could help initiatives that deal with processing wood waste. “Those are the kinds of things that we can do to not only make our logging and our forestry industry more sustainable, but we can also use it as a way to dig money out of stuff that’s just slash piles,� Wood said.

HEALTH

Health care is an issue that Wood says she’s heard a lot about in this riding. The NDP say they want to negotiate a new health accord with the provinces to replace the one that ended last year. Albas said the Liberals’ intentions to raise taxes for Canadians making more than $200,000 a year will put a challenge on recruiting international doctors. Doctor recruitment has been a challenge in rural communities such as Merritt and Logan Lake. Scott said there needs to be a co-ordinated effort where the federal government is playing a leadership role on attracting doctors to communities. “Medical human resources is an area where the federal government does have jurisdiction and this federal government has not been exercising that jurisdiction, and we need to,� Scott said.

When asked what local issue on the candidates’ radars that isn’t getting enough attention Albas said he feels the other parties aren’t paying attention to supporting private sector, which help supports public programs. Wood said Canada needs to invest more in its youth in order to retain them and foster job growth in rural communities. Scott replied that finding solutions to growing the economy is the election issue that underlies all others for voters she’s talked with in the riding.

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HERALD OPINION A look at Jez and Bernie Jeremy “Jez” Corbyn and Bernie Sanders are very much alike, and so are their ambitions. GWYNNE DYER Corbyn The international wants STAGE to lead Britain’s Labour Party into the next election and become prime minister; Sanders wants to win the Democratic Party nomination and become the next president of the United States. And then each man plans to turn his country sharply to the left. To the vast surprise of practically everybody, Corbyn has just achieved the first stage of his master plan: on Saturday, he became the leader of the Labour Party. When he entered the leadership contest, the bookmakers were quoting odds of 200-to-one against him, but he ended up winning the leadership by a landslide. Senator Sanders was also seen as a complete no-hoper when he threw his hat into the ring: 74 years old (Corbyn is 66), no money and no wellhoned political machine behind him (ditto), and far too left-wing to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, let alone the presidency. But something unexpected is also happening with Sanders’s campaign. There were no other high-profile candidates for the Democratic nomination: most people assumed that it was Hillary Clinton’s for the asking. But then Sanders began to creep up on her, especially in the two states where the first primaries will be held, New Hampshire and Iowa. The last three polls have shown Sanders leading Clinton in New Hampshire by an average margin of 7.5 percent, and he is now one percent ahead in Iowa too.

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Look at the facts about biosolids in the Nicola Valley Dear Editor: Fact 1: On April 24, 2014, the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and Sylvis were ordered by Robert Parker, Medical Health Officer for Interior Health not to proceed to dump biosolids at Brenda Mine. “Specific to Brenda Mine Site and Trepanier Creek watershed, biosolids treatment, stockpiling and application management are insufficient to protect drinking water users from pathogenic micro-organisms if an extreme wet weather event were to occur. “In addition, Brenda Mine onsite treatment, operator training, monitoring, regulatory oversight, governance and incident response are not designed for drinking water treatment and elimination of pathogen loading of water, if

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ideal biosolids application conditions are not met. Therefore, there are insufficient means to mitigate the risk of pathogen contamination of released water. Source protection is one of the main, and in some cases, only protection barrier for downstream drinking water users in this area.” The same description of circumstances applies to BioCentral’s Dry Lake and Sunshine Valley sites, but for the fact that the sites are much closer to the wells, not 20 km away, as in the case of Brenda Mine. Question 1: Why have BioCentral’s Dry Lake and Sunshine Valley sites been treated differently from the Brenda Mine site? After all, Brenda Mine is some 20 kilometres from Peachland, and BioCentral’s sites are directly uphill from and much

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closer to (1.5km) registered drinking water wells. Fact 2: Mr. Garthwaite (project manager for Sperling Hansen Associates) was authorized to proceed to place biosolids at Rey Creek Ranch on many occasions, notably August 27, 2014, with the following comment from Anita Ely of Interior Health: “This letter is a follow up to my ‘may proceed’ with June 10, 2014 Land Application Plan (LAP) letter of yesterday. Although I didn’t communicate any objections for this most recent SAP, I do have unanswered questions about the sustainability and cumulative impact to this watershed of repeated applications to lands in this watershed of large quantities of biosolids over extended time periods. My impression is there are plans to continue to apply

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to Rey Creek Ranch lands well into the future. Therefore, please know for future Organic Matter Recycling Regulation Schedule 13 Notification of biosolids SAPs I will request supporting evidence the cumulative impact of the planned biosolids application and past applications to any lands in the watershed will not have a detrimental impact on water quality in the subject watershed.” Question 2: If there was concern about the cumulative impact, why were tests not ordered at that time? Fact 3: Anita Ely further approved land application of biosolids to Rey Creek Ranch following the above cautionary letter on January 8, 2015 and February 19, 2015.

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YOUR OPINION U.K. and U.S. leadership Mitra’s political views miss the mark candidates starting to look similar Editor:

From Page 6 Sanders is not as far left as Corbyn, of course. No elected U.S. politician is as far left as Corbyn, who promises to nationalise the railways and energy companies, scrap university tuition fees, bring back rent controls, raise taxes and introduce a national maximum wage to cap the wages of bankers and other high earners, impose an arms embargo on Israel, and get rid of Britain’s nuclear weapons. When asked if there were any circumstances under which he would deploy British armed forces abroad, Corbyn replied: “I’m sure there are some but I can’t think of them at the moment.” He’s a republican, although he says that ending the monarchy is “not the fight I’m interested in.” He’s a vegetarian who does not own a car, and he looks a little like Obi-Wan Kenobi. He is, in other words, the Real McCoy. Bernie Sanders, by contrast, lives in the United States, where many people regard “democratic socialism” as akin to devil worship. He favours universal healthcare funded by taxes (supported by all parties in Britain) and publicly funded elections with strict limits on corporate donations (ditto), and he too advocates free higher education and higher taxes on the rich. That’s already “socialist” in an American political context. But he’s not planning to nationalise anything, bring in rent controls, end all American military interventions overseas, or ban arms sales to Israel. Whatever his private opinions may be, he is running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, and nobody in the Democratic Party has advocated anything that radical within living memory. Sanders is as far left within the American political spectrum (which doesn’t extend very far in that direction) as Corbyn is within the broader British spectrum. Could he really pull off a Corbyn-style upset and win the Democratic nomination? It depends on whether Hillary Clinton’s current stumbles end in

a big fall in her support. It could happen. Last week’s opinion polls revealed that she had lost her lead over her two likeliest Republican opponents in next year’s presidential election, Jeb Bush or Ben Carson — and even Donald Trump was drawing level with her. The Democratic National Convention is still ten months away, but it’s already late for anybody other than Vice-President Joe Biden to enter the race with a good chance of winning — and Biden is deeply conflicted about running. So if Clinton fades, Sanders would have a chance: the odds against him are already a good deal shorter than 200-to-one. Whether he could actually win the presidency is a different question. British pundits were unanimous in saying that Corbyn has no chance of winning a national election and becoming prime minister. Former Labour leader and prime minister Tony Blair went further: “If Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader it won’t be a defeat like 1983 or 2015 at the next election. It will mean rout, possibly annihilation.” But Labour just lost the last election, and the next one is five years away. There is still time to change horses if Corbyn isn’t working out. Whereas the US election is next year. Could Sanders win it? The professional pundits and pollsters in the United States say no, because he’s too far from the mainstream. Sanders just points to the despair that grips so many middle-class Americans as the rich get ever richer and their own living standards stagnate. “Don’t let anybody tell you that we’re radical, that we’re outside the mainstream. We are the mainstream.” He could be right: it’s the same despair with business as usual that has pushed Donald Trump out in front of the Republican nomination race. And that would be something, wouldn’t it? Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump for the presidency. At last Americans get a real choice. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45

Narian Mitra’s faith column in last week’s Herald (Sept. 10, “Electing by divine-human writ”) is a curious mixture of Christianity and antiConservative screed. The Sermon on the Mount is referenced in its call for righteousness, but then Mr. Mitra prefaces much of his column with the assertion that “the past two or so years have been particularly . . . dirty,” far from a righteous observation. Under the scrutiny of a fanatically hostile media, Prime Minister Harper’s government has had to be one of the cleanest this country has seen in its history, and I challenge anyone to demonstrate otherwise. Mitra’s “the hallowed halls of the Senate badly scandalized” caused me to choke. Is he suggesting that Senate accounts have always been lily-white until just now? A righteous Mitra would mention that senators have played fast and loose with the rules seemingly forever — and that Duffy’s expense money was paid back even though the court,

to rule later this year, will have to excuse him lest they open a can of worms going back decades. Mr. Mitra says promises were broken. No, sir, whether you agree with them or not, Conservative promises have turned into the reality of controlled spending, lower taxes, larger transfers to provinces, less infringement upon our rights, and more money directed toward the poor, the disabled, families, small business, veterans (yes, veterans — to deny a nearly billion dollar increase is not righteous), the military and aid to distressed people worldwide. To complete his column’s stray from righteousness, Mr. Mitra laments society’s slide toward Gomorrah and then ignores the role the Liberal/New Democrat/media parties play in greasing that slide. Peace, Narian Mitra — please stick to uplifting messages of faith in our Saviour, and vote for a competent government on October 19. Eric Doll Logan Lake

Follow the biosolids money From Page 6 Question 3: Did she insist on soil and water samples before approving the continued land application? If so, what were the results? Fact 4: The Suzuki Foundation, an independent scientific environmental organization, tested the soil around the application area at Rey Creek Ranch. The Suzuki Foundation had the soil samples tested by an independent laboratory, and the results were astonishing. According to Aaron Sam, Chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band, the soil samples exceeded BC limits for contaminated sites under Schedules 4 and 7 of the BC Contaminated Sites Regulations for Cadmium, Copper (very high), Mercury, Molybdenum (one of two samples), Selenium, Sodium Ion, Tin, Zinc (very high), and others. Question 4: If the soil and water were tested prior to the approval of land application on

January 8 and February 9, 2015, why did those tests not reveal the extent of the contamination? Fact 5: It’s all about the money. In the Abbotsford Council minutes found online, dated April 25, 2014, BioCentral was awarded a 5-year contract for an estimated $495,000 per year to “beneficially use” 7,000 tonnes per year. That’s $70 per tonne. That’s $2,475,000 estimated value of the contract. BioCentral’s contract with the Central Okanagan Regional District, signed September 11, 2014, is worth approximately $1,157,000 for a five-year period, not including hauling to the site (Central Okanagan pays for getting the sludge to the site). Too bad about desecration of the land, air and water. Question 5: If biosolids are so beneficial, then why are ranchers and landowners being paid to take it? You would think they ought to be paying the municipalities or regional districts for it.

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Logan Lake hires CAO for third time in two years Friends & Neighbours Michael Potestio THE MERRITT HERALD

Just a month after the resignation of chief administrative officer (CAO) Kathleen Day, the District of Logan Lake has filled the position. The mayor and council have hired Randy Lambright, who most recently worked as the planning and development manager for the City of Kamloops. Lambright brings a wealth of experience to the position, having spent 25 years working in professional planning. Logan Lake Mayor Robin Smith told the Herald that in addition to being qualified on

paper, Lambright's positive energy and eagerness to learn is what stood out to her. "He's not coming in here saying 'I know everything,' he's saying 'I'll definitely have some things to learn, but I'm willing to do whatever it takes,'" Smith said. Smith said that rather than undertake the job search again after Day resigned, the city revisited its shortlist of candidates it had the last time it sought a CAO, which included Lambright. "The two candidates the last time were very, very close — they were neck and neck — so we thought we would offer him

an opportunity," Smith said. Lambright is the third person to be hired for the CAO job in Logan Lake in the past two years. After its CAO retired in September of 2013, the town hired a new full-time CAO in January 2014, but parted ways with him after less than eight months on the job. An interim CAO was brought in after that and Kathleen Day took over the position beginning in April of this year, before resigning four months later. Lambright starts his new job as Logan Lake's latest CAO on Oct. 5, 2015.

City of Merritt discussing new Wi-Fi plan Michael Potestio THE MERRITT HERALD

Merritt city council will negotiate an agreement to have Shaw Go Wi-Fi services provided at public facilities in exchange for a fee. At last Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting, council voted to meet with Shaw to hammer out the details. Last July, Shaw presented council with the idea to install its Wi-Fi in parks, city hall and other public facilities, providing the network free for all users and not just Shaw customers. The city responded by opening up that opportunity to any company that wished to offer that service, so as not to be aiding a private company, but didn’t receive any other offers. City of Merritt leisure services manager Larry Plotnikoff told council Shaw’s initial proposal involved the company having free access to city property to install the necessary equipment. This model exists in most cities that have this agreement with Shaw, Plotnikoff said, but an alter-

native version would have the company pay to rent the space where it’s equipment is installed and pay for their own electricity. Plotnikoff said the city sought legal counsel, which informed staff that the original proposal of allowing free access would be seen as aiding a business and against the Community Charter. “Our legal counsel advised on some changes to the contract and we’ve been going back and forth with Shaw for quite a few months on those,” Plotnikoff said. He said Shaw is interested in discussing the locations it can install the equipment with the city, and is willing to pay the fees under a five-year agreement with no automatic renewal. Some of the city facilities Shaw is interested in providing Wi-Fi service to include the aquatic centre, Nicola Valley Memorial Arena and Civic Centre. However, Shaw would only offer the Wi-Fi to its customers and prohibit guest access, Plotnikoff said. The City stands to earn a modest $1,000 per year from this agreement.

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Down on Quilchena Avenue there’s a changing of the guard at the community policing office (CPO) as some of its programs begin. Former RCMP victim services program co-ordinator, Heather Broman filled the vacant CPO coordinator position this summer and says she’s spent the past few months familiarizing herself with the job and volunteers. Her new position involves more public education and awareness on how people can make themselves safe before crime touches their lives. The biggest challenge for Broman is adjusting to the pace working in crime prevention as opposed to the crisis-driven pace of victim services. “It’s easier to take a breath,” she said. With the CPO’s programs starting up, Broman said her immediate goal is to find more volunteers to train and continue the initiatives it has such as the foot patrol and speed watch. The CPO currently has 10 to 20 volunteers that are involved on a regular basis. “We’re going to continue on with a lot of the things that we’re already doing,” Broman said. However, Broman also wants to hear from the public about what they feel need to be addressed. “We get a lot of our initiative and a lot of our projects stem from crimes we see through the RCMP, but if there are people in the public that want to come forward and say ‘This is an issue, we’d like to see more of this,’ we’re driven that way [too],” she said. Broman also said the CPO is available for public presentations on anything that has to do with safety

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and crime prevention. Broman has an education background and her involvement with law enforcement was something she just sort of fell into. “There’s not a lot of job opportunities here, so before I started victim services, I didn’t know what it was so I kind of went in cold,” she said. She soon warmed up to the job and came to love working in the realm of law enforcement. Although not born in Merritt, Broman’s connection to the community began when she was just a teenager. After graduating from MSS, she pursued her education elsewhere in the province, obtaining a teaching degree. She ended up living in the Lower Mainland for 14 years, working with Parks Canada and in various project management jobs. Eight years ago she moved back to Merritt with her family and was a stay-at-home mom to her two children. She got involved with RCMP victim services four years ago. “And here I am now,” Broman said. She said anyone who wants to report issues or just chat about community policing can visit the community policing office at 2013 Quilchena Avenue, or call (250) 3783955.

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A leaked Conservative letter to B.C. business leaders is urging them to pull out the stops to fight a potential NDP federal election victory that it warns would devastate the province’s economy. “This election will be decided in B.C.,” said the letter from Industry Minister James Moore and former Conservative cabinet minister Stockwell Day. “We could end up with an NDP national government,” they said, predicting the result will be “higher taxes and a broken economy.” Although neither is a candidate in this election, the two Tories said they will take their message on the road and urged business leaders to work with them to convince voters to re-elect the Harper government and reject the “dangerous policies” of the NDP. The letter also takes aim at Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s plan to cancel LNG tax incentives. But it mainly targets the provincial NDP’s record governing in the 1990s, saying it directly led to B.C. becoming a “have-not” province with 50,000 residents forced to leave to find work elsewhere. “Now is not the time for risky experiments.” It echoes the B.C. Liberals’ economy-first attacks against “risky” Adrian Dix that helped persuade voters to reject the NDP in the 2013 provincial election, despite an early polling lead for the New Democrats. Philip Hochstein, president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C., said he hopes the message resonates with voters. “I think the federal Conservatives are right to remind British Columbians about the lost decade of an NDP government,” he said, adding business leaders could be influential. “We have a history under the NDP, we know what it was like,” Hochstein said. “There was, in essence, a strike on capital — people stopped investing in British Columbia.” He said the latest polls showing the Conservatives are running third place in a tight three-way race do not concern him. “The election will be won or lost on the economy and people will make the right decision.” SFU political science instructor Cara Camcastle said the tactic of dredging up the NDP’s record in Victoria may prove less effective this time because

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Is CRA sympathetic if I’m duped into investing fraudulently? Have you been duped into investing in a Ponzi or other fraudulent investment scheme? These fraudulent schemes promise investors large returns for what often appears to be a simple loan. In reality, the fraudster is using your money to pay back previous investors and will ulti-

Specifically the guidance suggests that you may be able to rely on certain tax breaks such as deductions for bad debts, business losses, capital losses and the possibility of adjusting prior tax returns in certain cases.

mately try and dupe another investor in order to repay you. Eventually these schemes fall apart and unfortunately the inves-

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in a Ponzi scheme you may be asking yourself how the CRA will view any income you may have received from the scheme and how you

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can report your losses. CRA’s response is that “the treatment of the losses will depend on the facts of each particular case and the responsibility rests with the taxpayer to provide sufficient documentation in order to support their claim that an investment existed for tax purposes” (See

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chevrolet.ca

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CRA Document No. 2014-0531171M6 “Fraudulent Investment Schemes” dated July 3, 2014). This CRA guidance provides some insight into how the CRA may view the tax returns of victims of Ponzi schemes.

See ‘Knowingly’ Page 14

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2563 COUTLEE AVE $189,000 MLS# 130918

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Merritt $200,000 to $300,000 130058 1601 BLAIR STREET 125573 2108 CLEASBY STREET 130001 1475 QUILCHENA AVENUE Merritt $300,000+ 129587 2663 IRVINE AVENUE SOLD 130747 3011 HILTON DRIVE 125531 2950 MCLEAN PLACE 127978 2052 PARKER DR 127816 2930 MCLEAN PLACE 127895 2363 COUTLEE AVENUE 128338 1749 JUNIPER DR 128756 3051 HILTON AVE 128587 1956 SAGE PLACE 129329 1849 PINERIDGE DRIVE 129418 1702 JUNIPER DR Homes on Acreage 128882 2512 KINVIG STREET 127722 432 WILD ROSE DRIVE 130247 16-5300 BOBS LAKE PIT RD 130945 1330 PINE ST 129222 4960 STEFFENS ROAD 128397 1444 LOON LAKE RD CC 129461 2797 MERRITT SP BR HWY 125585 6036 BEECH ROAD 126113 311 MERRITT-SP.BRG HWY 130458 2184 ARMYTAGE ROAD 128783 128 COLDWATER ROAD 128029 2188 SUNSHINE VALLEY RD E 128821 3793 PETIT CREEK ROAD 118481 5240 DOT RANCH CUTT OFF RD Bare Land 126450 2724 GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS RD 127492 1585 CHESTNUT AVE 127496 1620 CHESTNUT AVE 127497 1630 CHESTNUT AVE 130526 1410 WALNUT AVE 128105 4217 FALCON CREST DR 128104 4207 FALCON CREST DR 130904 1680 CHESTNUT AVE 130261 1914 QUILCHENA AVENUE 127815 2488 SPRINGBANK AVE 121605 2730 EAGLE CRESCENT 124901 396 WILD ROSE DRIVE 125633 1305 FIR AVE 122077 2701 PEREGRINE WAY 126000 3435 D’EASUM ROAD

PRICE $284,000 $298,000 $299,000 $304,900 $315,000 $315,000 $319,900 $329,900 $330,000 $338,000 $353,000 $375,000 $469,000 $489,000 $309,000 $419,000 $425,000 $460,000 $485,000 $499,000 $565,000 $625,000 $700,000 $739,900 $795,000 $875,000 $1,638,000 $1,895,000 $49,990 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 $69,000 $78,000 $79,000 $79,900 $80,000 $82,000 $85,000 $92,500 $98,000 $99,000 $129,000

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$145,000 $185,000 $189,000 $198,000 $240,000 $250,000 $275,000 $325,000 $450,000 $475,000 $499,000 $1,500,000

NICOLA AVENUE QUILCHENA AVENUE NICOLA AVENUE PRIEST AVE BLAIR STREET COUTLEE AVENUE WILSON ST NICOLA AVENUE CLAPPERTON AVE MERRITT-SP.BRG HWY

$80,000 $80,000 $220,000 $299,999 4395,000 $455,000 $589,900 $590,000 $624,000 $700,000

POPLAR DRIVE ALDER DRIVE OPAL DRIVE CHARTRAND AVE CHARTRAND AVE(Business) OPAL DRIVE TOPAZ CRESC OPAL DRIVE TOPAZ CRESC AGATE DRIVE BERYL DRIVE AMBER CRESCENT OPAL DRIVE BRECCIA DRIVE PONDEROSA AVE OPAL DRIVE DOGWOOD CRESC BIRCH CRESC BASALT PLACE JASPER DRIVE BASALT PLACE BASALT PLACE THRISSEL PLACE

$37,900 $49,900 $78,500 $89,000 $89,900 $110,000 $114,900 $124,900 $124,900 $125,000 $179,990 $185,000 $189,500 $199,900 $199,900 $204,900 $220,000 $224,900 $229,000 $249,500 $279,900 $297,500 $320,000


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Knowingly investing in a fraudulent scheme is a different story

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From Page 12 Specifically the guidance suggests that you may be able to rely on certain tax breaks such as deductions for bad debts, business losses, capital losses and the possibility of adjusting prior tax returns in certain cases. Overall, the CRA states: “These rules apply to taxpayers who had what reasonably appeared to be a legitimate investment for income tax purposes. “This is not intended to apply to taxpayers who knowingly participated in a scheme for tax avoidance purposes. In cases where a taxpayer did not report the investment income, it would be a question of fact, based on the information provided to the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) as to whether they ‘knowingly participated’ in a scheme.” While this guidance may prove helpful, it is not determinative and will require interpretation based on subsequent case law and analysis of the particular facts of any individual case. One thing that we do know is that CRA will have a very different outlook if there is evidence that you knew investment was a Ponzi scheme prior to investing and you knowingly took the risk. If you have fallen victim to a Ponzi or other fraudulent investment scheme and have run into problems with the CRA as a result, I recommend consulting with a tax lawyer who can assist you in responding to the CRA. Greg Pratch is a lawyer and partner with Pushor Mitchell LLP. He practices in the area of litigation with a particular emphasis in personal injury matters and tax disputes.

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Walt Hits the Trail to the Okanagan was still up and running. But, I don’t know if you’ve heard, I needed to spice it up. I pulled but I made quite a name for some professional photos from myself up in the Cariboo. I real dealer websites, along with cashed in from 100 Mile House all the attached into Prince George – striking gold! “When Walt formation. Licensed dealers But my time there says, “It’s have to be honest ended quickly. Word got low in their advertising sure gets around miles!” He and include their in small towns! I means, “I d e a l e r n u m b e r. needed to find new ground. Wine country rolled them Sometimes I want sounded nice this time back myself.” a buyer to think I was a dealer. Other of year, I thought. So times, I pretend to be a neighI’m heading south. Fruit, wine, bor selling my own car. But of and a bushel of unsuspecting course, either way, I offer pricbuyers. And, I could do some es that are too good to be true deals on the way! to get attention. My Walt’s Wheels website

actually had in stock. Older, barely working sedans! But I’d have a low price and I’d offer to meet them wherever they wanted. A perfect combination for students attending the local colleges. And guess what, students were the perfect prey! Their mistake? They only cared about price. Most didn’t know to ask

What if this isn’t enough? I thought. I didn’t hesitate. In big red lettering, I said it was a “Blowout Sale! Everything Must Go!” I’ll just tell the callers I was moving and needed to get rid of my entire inventory. When they called with a car in mind from the website, I’d just tell them it’s been sold. And then I’d talk up what I

for a vehicle history report, like Carproof, or how to verify my documents. Show them a cheap price and… sold! They were too trusting and were my easiest sales ever. They had no clue that they were giving up the many protections of buying from a licensed dealer. Once again, I hit pay dirt! My advertising lies brought

many calls. Some caught on to my bait and switch system. But, as always, there were enough buyers who fell for my tricks. And, when the cars stop running – I’ll be gone. However, I’ve learned I can stay a little longer if I keep moving. Where’s a good place to get some inventory? I thought.

WATCH OUT FOR WALT!

Walt heads south chasing down unwary car buyers

Limited Compliance Actions Highlight Commitment to Professionalism The Vehicle Sales Authority (VSA) oversees the licensed motor dealer industry in British Columbia. The industry represents 430,000 transactions, or $10 billion in regulated vehicle sales, each year. Despite more than 1,300 consumer enquiries, nearly 800 dealer inspections and ongoing advertising monitoring, a typical 12 month period generates the following compliance activities: ] Voluntary acknowledgement and action by 15 to 20 dealers that errors were made during the representation and sale of vehicles, as documented in signed undertakings ] Up to five dealers facing hearings before the Registrar of Motor Dealers for allegations of deceptive business practices ] 500 consumer-initiated investigations, resulting in the return of $1 million to consumers ] And, as a result of licensing

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damage or even a rolled back odometer. Licensed dealers are required by law to sell safe, lien-free vehicles and disclose vehicle histories. If you buy from Walt, you have none of the protections of buying from a licensed dealer.

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Sugary drinks are bad for your health DR. COLIN GAGE Spinal COLUMN I know that anyone who reads this article is well aware that too much sugar is unhealthy. However, did you know that sugar, when consumed in excess, can actually have disastrous effects on your health? As well, some sources of sugar are much worse than others. In

fact, sugar filled drinks are the worst, by far! This primarily applies to sugary soda (pop), but also to fruit juices, sweetened specialty coffees and other drinks that have of liquid sugar in them. Did you know that added sugar in soda and other drinks is highly fattening and leads to weight gain? One of the reasons for this is that these drinks supply large amounts of the simple sugar “fructose.” This form of sugar does not lower the hormones that tell your brain and body that it is still hungry. This leads to your body not feeling “full,” and you continue

to feel the need to eat or drink more calories. The brain is actually supposed to regulate your calorie intake. If you eat more of one food (like potatoes), you should automatically eat less of something else instead. Liquid sugar doesn’t work in this way. When people consume fructose, the resulting calories are usually consumed in addition to whatever the person would normally eat. This leads to eating too many calories and your body simply converts these calories to fat and stores it in the places you least want to see it!

I will list a few other disturbing facts about the liquid sugar found in sweetened drinks. - Studies have shown that people who added soda on top of their current diet ended up consuming 17 per cent more calories than before. That is a huge amount, which could easily lead to obesity over a few years. - In one study in children, each daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages was linked to a 60 per cent increased risk of obesity. In my opinion, sugary drinks are the most fattening aspect of the modern diet. If you

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Although the Merritt Centennials eked out a win for their home opener against the West Kelowna Warriors, the other two games have been a different story, with upsets on either side. The Warriors’ home opener was against the Cents the night before, on Friday, Sept. 11, where they were able to score six goals to the Centennials’ four. This past Tuesday’s home game against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks looked close coming into the third period tied at 5-5, but the Silverbacks scored two goals at the end, making the final 7-5. Newly appointed head coach and general manager of the Centennials Joe Martin said that while it was good to have a win on the board, he’s not happy with how the team is performing. “It was a lot of mistakes and a lot of sloppy play,” he said of their win. “That’s kind of expected at the start of the year, unfortunately it’s now carried over for three games.” Martin said the team is trying to focus

on what they did right, particularly in the third period of that game. “In all honesty, we’re getting outworked,” he said. “We’re getting a little bit more down to basics over the next couple of days, and putting our guys through the paces of what real work is like, and how hard it is to win in this hockey league, and how hard you have to compete.” Martin said that the mistakes that they’re making on the ice are

not mistakes of effort. “I can always live with mistakes of effort, it’s the mistakes of passiveness and the mistakes of selfishness that we can’t live with.” He did point to two examples of positive players that have been shining so far. Sixteenyear-old Tyler Ward is a “bright spot” on the team, and Ryan Forbes he said was a great addition. The Centennials play their next game against the Chilliwack

Chiefs this Friday, Sept. 18 right here at the Nicola Valley Arena. Martin said that in order to win, the Cents will have play harder and smarter than they have been so far. “At times we’re making a ton of mistakes, that are giving up timely, timely goals.” He said that while it’s nice they’ve scored the number of goals they have so far this season, they’re going to have to put a priority on minding their own net.

ABOVE Team captains Malik Kaila of the Merritt Centennials and Kyle Marino of the West Kelowna Warriors pose with Rusty Brewer for the ceremonial puck drop. Rusty has been a volunteer with the Merritt Centennials and the Booster Club for over 35 years. BELOW Emily Van Roosebroeck, age 8, sang the national anthem before last Friday’s game. David Dyck/Herald

PUTTERING AROUND Forty-four people competed in the Battle of the Decades golf tournament at the Merritt Golf and Country Club last Friday afternoon. Among them were Doug Doig (left) and Maureen Lorenz (right), playing the fourth hole with Dorothy Firman and Herb Lorenz. They took a four on that hole, but the winners of the tournament were Steve Doubinin, Curtis Sloan, Shelly Eng and Jim Irving, playing for the 50s. Photo /Herald


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By Ian Webster/Merritt Herald Each year, the sports writers from all of the BCHL Interior Division‘s home communities collaborate on an early season preview of their respective teams — the key returnees, the hot new prospects, and the perceived strengths of this year’s squad. Below is the 2015-16 season preview, presented to you alphabetically by team name.

MERRITT CENTENNIALS Key Returnees: F Gavin Gould (24-35-59), F Colin Grannary (19-20-39), F Nick Fidanza (10-717), F Zak Bowles (11-14-25), D Malik Kaila (1-3-4), D Cole Arcuri (1-11-12), D Tyrell Buckley (0-6-6), G Anthony Pupplo (13-13-0, 1 SO ). Rookie Sensations: With only eight returning players from last year’s Centennials team, new head coach and GM Joe Martin and his predecessor Luke Pierce spent the off-season looking for talent both up front and on the blueline. They found some gems in Americans Michael Faulkner (96), Nick Fiorentino (96), Nick Jermain (96) and Ryan Finnegan (97) along with homegrown talent Michael Regush (98), Tyler Wickman (98) and Colten Lancaster (98). Defencemen Faulkner and Fiorentino, both from New York State, cut their teeth in East Coast hockey. Faulkner starred at Brunswick Prep School in the USHS, while Fiorentino (who has committed to Army) suited up the last two seasons for the New Jersey Rockets of the EHL. Up front, Connecticut’s Jermain put up some impressive numbers with his homestate Oilers of the EHL (11-25-36 in 38 games), while Kansas-born, Quinnipiac-bound Finnegan lit it up for the Baltimore Skipjacks of the USPHL with 17 goals and 20 assists in just 23 games. Surrey’s Regush was a proven scorer with the Delta Hockey Academy last season (17-16-33); he recently committed to Cornell. Wickman had a great year on defence with the Yale Academy in Abbotsford in 2014-15, as did big-bodied netminder Lancaster with the Pursuit of Excellence in Kelowna. This year’s unheralded sleeper could be 16-year-old Tyler Ward from Kamloops. Strengths: With 14 new faces in the line-up, it’s going to take some time for the Cents to gel. Their preseason demonstrated that this year’s team has the firepower and speed to be competitive in the tough Interior division, while newcomers Faulkner and Fiorentino look like good additions to a blueline anchored by a healthy Kaila and Arcuri. New head coach Martin will be capably assisted by his second-in-command Matt Samson, who led the North Van Wolfpack to a PIJHL title last season.

Coach’s Quote (Joe Martin): “We’re very excited to be beginning our 43rd season in the elite Interior division of the BCHL. With a new head coach in myself, with a new assistant coach in Matt, and a large number of first-year players, we have a significant challenge ahead to prove ourselves in the league this year. Our small group of veteran players will be called upon to take on much larger roles than they have had in the past. I see it as a new beginning, and a tremendous opportunity for all of us to put our stamp on the team’s future successes.”

PENTICTON VEES Key Returnees: F Tyson Jost (23-22-45), F Demico Hannoun (23-18-41), D Gabe Bast (9-3140), D Dante Fabbro (4-29-33), G Brendan Barry (10-2-0, 2.06 GAA, 2 SO, .912 SV%). Rookie Sensations: F Owen Sillinger, 17, captained the Regina Pat Canadians to a bronze medal finish at the Telus Cup midget national championship in April. He was the tournament MVP, top scorer and top forward. with six goals and 17 points in seven games. In the playoffs, he had 17 points in 10 games and put up 25 goals and 64 points in 42 Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League games. F Easton Brodzinski comes from a hockey family with two older brothers playing in college, including Jonny, who completed a threeyear career with St. Cloud and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2013. Brodzinski played three years of high school hockey in Blaine, Minn., and recorded 72 points in 80 games. He brings size (listed at six-foot-two, 190 pounds) and skill. D Sam Jones, 17, born in England and living in Penticton for the last five years, put up 31 points in 28 games for the Okanagan Hockey Academy Prep Red, making him the second highest scorer in the league. Jones brings strong skating ability and a hard shot. D Griffin Mendel, 16, won a Canadian Sport School Hockey League Prep Division championship with the Okanagan Hockey Academy. Selected by the Kootenay Ice in the first round of the WHL bantam draft, the sixfoot-two rearguard is responsible and intelligent. His skill level has caught the eye of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 programs. Strengths: Early in training camp, the Vees displayed speed and skill. Captain Tyson Jost said while last year’s squad also possessed those abilities, he feels this group is a step ahead. Vees coachgeneral manager Fred Harbinson said during camp that he liked his team’s overall speed. The Vees will be led by NHL 2016 draft prospects, Jost and Fabbro. “Fabbro is

a smooth skating, smart, offensive defenceman,” said NHL Central Scouting’s John Williams on NHL.com in July. “Jost is a smart, skilled forward.” C o a c h ’s Q u o t e ( F re d Harbinson): “Our forward group looks really strong. If the opposition tries to intimidate the Vees, especially in the South Okanagan Events Centre, they can think again. This is our building and we’re not going to allow teams to come in here and play around with us. One of the things we have always had in the past … is if you want to be undisciplined, then we will find ways to score on the powerplay.”

SALMON ARM SILVERBACKS Key Returnees: F Taro Hirose (18-32-50), F Carson Bolduc (19-25-44), F Josh Blanchard (17-22-39), F Ross Heidt (16-1632), F Colton Thibault (12-1426), F Josh Laframboise (12-1022), D Phil Middleton (8-17-25), D Damian Chrcek (1-10-11), G Angus Redmond (24-22-3, 2.72 GAA, 5 SO, .910 SV%). Rookie Sensations: F Cam Coutre, 17, helped the Major Midget South Island Royals to the semi-finals of the BCMML playoffs. Coutre racked up 17 goals and 40 points in 36 games. Coutre, who was used as a call up for the Silverbacks on eight occasions scored four points in the BCHL last year. The Silverbacks youngest player, Marcus Mitchell, 16, cracked the BCMML’s top 20 points table, racking up 22 goals and 46 points. Strengths: The Silverbacks strength starts in goal with Angus Redmond, last year’s league leader with five shutouts. The return of 14 players to the Silverbacks should bring leadership, maturity and stability to the squad. Silverbacks GM Troy Mick worked hard in the off season to bolster the blueline with the addition of two sizeable and experienced defenceman in Aiden Salerno and Brett Stewart. New players in the line-up such as Coutre, Marcus Mitchell, Sam De Melo and Elijiah Barriga should provide a spark of energy and enthusiasm. Coach’s Quote: (Brandon West): “We have a team of 22 leaders that can compete with any team in the league. We are big, fast, strong and posses a high skill set that will translate to us being better in the corners and in front of the net where it counts.”

TRAIL SMOKE EATERS Key Returnees: F Harlan Orr (18-17-35), F Max Newton (9-15-24), F Kienan Scott (15-823), F Cooper Leitch (7-8-15), F Conner Brown-Maloski (8-6-14), D Jeremy Lucchini (1-12-13), D Evan MacEachern (3-21-24), D Ryan Swanson (5-19-24), D

Dexter McLeod (1-12-13). Rookie Sensations: Imports Nick Halloran, an 18-year-old Air Force commit from Draper, Utah, and Army commit John Laurito, 19, from Johnston, RI, join the Smoke Eaters with speed to burn and a nice touch around the net. Kale Howarth, 18, from Red Deer was a surprise in camp as he cracked the lineup as a virtual unknown, and combines size and skill reminiscent of a Dallas Calvin. Hometown additions Spencer McLean of Montrose and Ross Armour from Rossland were in the top three in scoring for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks as 16-year-olds last year and will be major contributors this season. Strengths: The Smoke Eaters’ strength is spread over its four balanced lines. With a strong work ethic, speed, quick puck movement, and an aggressive forecheck, Trail has the ability to force the play and score throughout the lineup. Also, the acquisition of highly-touted netminders Bailey Macburnie, 20, from Beverly, Mass. and six-foot-three Linden Marshall, 17, from Victoria should provide solid and consistent goaltending. C o a c h ’s Q u o t e ( N i c k Deschenes): “There are some real bright spots, and some good moments, but now it’s a level playing field. We have our 22 guys, everyone has their 22 guys, we have to figure out how well we can get our 22 to play and how far we can take the group.”

VERNON VIPERS Key Returnees: F Liam Finlay (23-41-64), F Jagger Williamson (8-20-28), F Colton McCarthy (10-15-25), F Riley Brandt (14-923), D Mitchell Oliver (1-6-7), G Jarrod Schamerhorn (24-12-1, 2.71 GAA). Rookie Sensations: Ultraskilled centre Peter Tufto was a finalist for Mr. Hockey in Minnesota last year after ringing up 27 goals and 63 points with St. Thomas Academy. RW Jimmy Lambert, 18, pocketed 21 goals and 56 points with the Major Midget Saskatoon Contacts last year. Joe Sacco Jr. of Boston is a gritty 19-year-old who supplied 22 goals with The Rivers School Red Wings of the U.S. High School league. C Joey Cipollone of Purchase, N.Y., amassed 51 points in 24 games with Harrison Select Hockey Academy and has locked up a scholarship to the University of New Hampshire Wildcats for the future. D Steven Jandrick, 18, of Prince George, produced 18 goals and 54 points with the Major Midget Cariboo Cougars. Austin Cho (12G and 64 points with St. Andrew’s College Saints in Auora, Ont.) should excel. He’s is a slick defender and a smooth, calming player. He has a scholarship to RPI for 2017. Strengths: The Vipers will

start with a pair of 20-year-old net detectives with Alaskan Andrew Shortridge new to the club. Shortridge had a 2.57 average with the NAHL Aberdeen Wings in South Dakota last season and was strong in the Vipers’ exhibition series. Ferner has won two Royal Bank Cups and lost another in the final with Vernon. A 19-year pro D-man, he has also coached at the Major Junior level and is an excellent teacher who commands respect. Coach’s Quote (Mark Ferner): “We are structurally ahead of the curve compared to this time last year. We’re inexperienced for sure, but we have speed, skills and lots of high hockey IQs. We built this team from the goalies out so we should be solid defensively.”

WEST KELOWNA WARRIORS Key Returnees: F Liam Blackburn (22-51-73), F Jonathan Desbiens (27-27-54), F Kylar Hope (11-9-20), D Kristian Blumenschein (7-35-42) F/D Kyle Marino (3-15-18), D Rylan Yaremko (4-13-17), F Brett Mennear (11-14-25), F Garret Forster (17-28-45). Rookie Sensations: The Warriors have high hopes for D Jake Harrison (7-13-20), 16, a West Kelowna product who played with Pursuit of Excellence Academy in Kelowna last season. F Connor Sodergren (14-24-38) and F Quinn Forman (5-5-10) both come to the Warriors from Massachusetts, while F Reid Gunville (20-32-52) hails from Prince Albert, Sask. The three were effective playing on a line together in preseason. G Daniel Manella (2.08 GAA, .927 SV%) comes to West Kelowna after a strong season of junior A hockey in Oakville, Ont., while G Forbes Polszay (2.67 GAA, .914 SV%) from Arizona played in three locales last season, including with the Colorado Rampage U18s. Strengths: The Warriors have a good core of veteran leaders, led by the team’s top scorer Liam Blackburn and newly-appointed captain Kyle Marino. As has been the case with Warriors’ teams of recent years, a persistent, workmanlike approach will be the key to success. If the two new goaltenders, Manella and Polszay, live up to their advanced billing, the Warriors should be in good hands between the pipes. Coach’s Quote (Rylan Ferster): “We like the character that we have coming back. We’re fortunate to be bringing back some pretty key players, (Liam) Blackburn, (Jonathan) Desbiens, and (Kylar) Hope, and we’ve got some really good leadership with guys like our captain Kyle Marino and Rylan Yaremko. This (Interior) division is going to be tough again and I think you’ll see two really good teams missing the playoffs.” Ain’t that the truth.


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Merritt senior centre October schedule is as follows: Monday: Senior’s Exercise 1:30 p.m., Cribbage 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. Friday: Rummoli 7 p.m. Saturday: Floor Curling 1 p.m., Pot luck Supper Oct. 24, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. for more info phone 250-378-4407.

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We make - You Bake Pastry Merritt Chapter #14, Order of Eastern Star Annual Fundraiser Oct. 5 to 8. These rounds may be frozen until needed as they are separated by paper. Orders will be received up to Sept. 30. Contact Amber at 250-315-0028 email: gbjorkman@telus.net or Lynne at 250-378-2004 email: lnmarsh@telus.net. Proceeds go to local charities, cancer and a high school bursary.

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Lower Nicola Indian Band (LNIB) Contracting Opportunity Lower Nicola Nte?kepmxcin Language Nest Development Coordinator The Lower Nicola Indian Band, in Merritt, BC, is in the early stages of the process of establishing the Lower Nicola Nte?kepmxcin Language Nest, and needs the services of a qualiÀed contractor to act as Nte?kepmxcin Language Nest Development Coordinator. The main goal of the Lower Nicola Nte?kepmxcin Language Nest is to introduce LNIB children from age zero to six to the Nte?kepmxcin language in a natural setting and to encourage the inter-generational transmission of the Nte?kepmxcin language to the children’s families. The mission of the language nest is to teach the children of LNIB Nte?kepmxcin language as a Àrst language, in a nurturing and enriched kindergarten setting, as a basis for continued Áuency throughout their lives, so they will become key agents in the revitalization of the Nte?kepmxcin language. We are looking for one Nlaka’pamux Nation member fully Áuent in Nte?kepmxcin, and with experience in the development of a language nest and fully familiar with early childhood care licensing requirements and standards. As extensive inter-action with other stakeholders (families, elders, volunteers, LNIB School and HeadStart program, and LNIB Chief & Council) will be required, as the ideal candidate will act as champion of this important initiative in bringing together all stakeholders, and leading the establishment of all facilities, systems, curriculum, programs, and resources. The successful contractor will provide the following services: • Lead the team and coordinate all aspects of the development of the language nest initiative; • Develop curriculum, lessons and learning resources and materials for use in the language nest, including speaking, reading and writing tools; • Design, develop, plan, and implement learning development Nte?kepmxcinlanguage programs for the language nest; • Foster a culture of strict compliance to all applicable laws and regulations • Recruit Nte?kepmxcinspeakers to teach the children, and establish elders’ support network; • Recruit qualiÀed and BC licensed early childhood professionals; • Develop a work environment based on cooperative learning and nurturing learning environment conducive to preschool learning designed to foster creative thinking, self-esteem, resiliency, and self-motivation in groups, and monitor student progress; • Work closely with the administration and other programs of the Lower Nicola Indian Band; • Promote and coordinate parent, family, and volunteer involvement activities; • Promote the use of Nte?kepmxcin language amongst LNIB families; • Work with other LNIB programs, including LNIB School HeadStart program, and with the Scw’exmx Child and Family Services Society when required; • Market the programs of the language nest, especially among families with young children; • Develop operating fundamentals, including vision statement, mission statement, guiding principles, standards, code of conduct, planning framework, mandate, goals, policies, objectives, planning calendar, and capital and operating budgets for the language nest; • Develop funding and sponsorship proposals to potential funders and institutions involved in the revival of Indigenous languages in British Columbia and Canada; • Prepare progress reports to Chief & Council and/or other sponsor agencies, as required. If you feel that you have the knowledge, qualiÀcations and experience to perform these services and you are keen in leading this important initiative, please send a response to this posting in the form of a sealed letter, including your personal resume, and indicating evidence of your experience and qualiÀcations, your charge per hour and your time availability to: Lower Nicola Indian Band Lower Nicola Nte?kepmxcin Language Nest Development Coordinator Contract C/O Helder Ponte, Executive Director 181 Nawishaskin Lane Merritt, BC, V1K 0A7 Responses will be accepted until 4:30 PM of Friday, September 25th, 2015. Preference will be given to Lower Nicola Indian Band Members. Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.

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Upper Nicola Band Job Posting - Chief Financial OfÀcer Upper Nicola Band is seeking an experienced professional to fulfill the role of Chief Financial Officer. The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for supporting the Chief and Council, Senior Management and staff in achieving overall goals of Upper Nicola Band, and in particular, the effective and efficient financial administration of this rapidly growing organization. Under the direction of Band Administrator, the Chief Financial Officer will be responsible for Upper Nicola Band’s accounting, cost control and budgeting systems. In addition, the Chief Financial Officer will produce financial statements, reports and other financial information to Senior Management, UNB Finance Audit Committee and Council for effective decision-making.

Payroll Assistant The Gold Trail School District requires a Payroll Assistant effective 05 October 2015, located at the School District AdOinistration OfƂce in Ashcroft. Please refer to the school district website, www.sd74.bc.ca for details of the position and required qualiƂcations. Submit applications with an up-to-date resume and references not later than 4:00 p.m., September 18 2015, to: Diana Hillocks, Human Resources Assistant PO Box 250, Ashcroft, B.C. V0K 1A0 Email: sd74jobs@sd74.bc.ca

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES Provide assistance to Senior Managers to develop and monitor annual budgets and develop multi-year financial plan in accordance to the Upper Nicola Band Financial Administration Law.

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 74 (GOLD TRAIL)

Employment Opportunities ReliefCasual 9orkers

Provide oversight of Upper Nicola Band’s investments; ensure all applicable policies are followed. Assist with financial reporting for programs, projects (government and non-government). Perform the day-to-day tasks required with respect to UNB’s finances, including overseeing employee payroll and benefits plan, bookkeeping responsibilities including processing expenses, payments and deposits, monthly bank reconciliations, preparing for and overseeing the annual audit, and other related responsibilities; Preparation of financial statements, and month end and year end reports; Ensure financial recording accuracy and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, and establishes accounting standards, procedures and internal controls. Lead the development and implementation of UNB financial policies and procedures in adherence to Upper Nicola Band Financial Administration Law; Support the UNB Finance and Audit Committee to ensure financial reporting; internal control and management processes are followed.

The Gold Trail School District requires Relief/Casual workers for on-call work in all district communities for the following positions:

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Submit applications with an up-to-date resume and references to: Diana Hillocks, Human Resources Assistant PO Box 250, Ashcroft, B.C. V0K 1A0 Email: sd74jobs@sd74.bc.ca

Supervise UNB Finance Staff of two people. REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS: t Completion of a recognized professional accounting designation; CAFM preferred t 3+ years of progressive experience managing an accounting department, especially in a First Nations setting t Demonstrated teamwork and supervisory skills t Demonstrated financial report preparation and analysis skills t Demonstrated ability to manage and operate Xyntax accounting systems t Ability to prioritize workload and occasionally work under peak load pressure to ensure cyclical deadlines is met. t Must be bondable and complete a criminal records check Gross salary range, according to UNB Pay scale Grid is $60K-$79 K depending on experience for a40 hours a week. UNB also offers a competitive benefit package to employees. To Apply: Submit a resume and a cover letter, to the address below. Applications will be accepted until October 2, 2015 at 12:00pm to: Upper Nicola Band, Attention: Administrator Box 3700 Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 Fax: (250) 350-3311 reception@uppernicola.com \Only qualified individuals being considered will be contacted for an interview.

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Part-time Committee Secretary Position Applications will be received by the undersigned until September 25, 2015 for the parttime position of Committee Secretary. The Committee Secretary performs administrative and clerical duties which include liaison with citizens, Mayor, Council, special interest groups and staff; meeting preparation and attendance; and preparation of relevant reports and follow-up correspondence. This part-time position works 17 hours per week (Wednesday 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Thursday and Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm), plus overtime as required for evening meetings. For further details on this position and qualiÀcations, please contact the undersigned or visit www.loganlake.ca/careeropportunities.htm. While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. Gwen Mason, Corporate OfÀcer District of Logan Lake PO Box 190 Logan Lake, BC VOK 1WO Fax: 250.523.6678 gmason@loganlake.ca


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