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There is something special about the Mount Paul people are hungrier than ever. So far 14 people have United Church which is located in the sometimes come forward to join us, Friday, they areJuly all 29 very enthuforgotten area between Tranquille Drive and siastic.” North Shore Farmer’s Market Square Fortune Drive. Although it sits directThis soup kitchenSpirit will be 4-8pm open to all on ly across from the empty John Todd Thursdays from 11am to 1pm. They are Elementary, it has no plans of giving hoping that everyone regardless of up and closing its doors. No matter their financial situation will come its adversities, the struggles and and join them for a one of a kind situations it faces it is always up homemade meal. open for business 250.376.2411 for the challenge and ready to “We are hoping that local help its community. people from the community In addition to the remarkable will come make a donation things that happen there daily and pop-in for a good meal,” with the help of their Reverend continues Delores. “So far we LeAnn Blackert, there are two have seen lots of enthusiasm new projects at the church, and excitement.” which will be debuting to the The group which relies public in the early New Year. solely on volunteer hours and Both are the result of volunteer donations will be doing all their effort and both deserve kudos own cooking, much of their own and recognition. baking and will revel in any help The first new thing at the church that members of the community is the return of their Thursday soup would be willing to provide. on S kitchen. After the previous coordi“Many hands make light work,” l a to (le f ion l o nator left to move the kitchen to an they continue. “You don’t have to fe ft) a t a w ed s n alternate location, the church and its volcommit to coming every week, the more Sen bo tho d Del the oked se i ores Owe f o unteers were left without a soup kitchen. volunteers we have the better. The soup o o n are tw n ne c eed of a m o “The volunteers who worked here last year kitchen’s first day is January 12. We are holdh s u o delici really wanted to see it continue on at Mount Paul ing a Food Safe course here on January 10 for so they came back to us and asked about reopening it,” anyone who wants to come and take it.” explains LeAnn. “This amazing group of women are partnering If you are looking for an extraordinary group of women to get with folks from our congregation to re-open ‘Sensational Soup’ in our to know, have a little time that you would like to dedicate to your comsanctuary, where an amazing soup and sandwich lunch (with occasion- munity or have something to donate, get in touch with the wonderful al special menus) will be offered to anyone who loves good cooking no Sensational Soup group. matter what their financial situation.” Also deserving a little mention are the Thrift Store volunteers who “We’ve been thinking about it all summer,” continues Delores Owen are busy renovating an area upstairs to move the Thrift Store to from and Ann Eggleton, who along with Judy Hansen initiated the return the basement. You can look forward to this project being complete by of the Thursday Soup Kitchen. “We really wanted to see it happen, February! – continued on page 2 NSBIA - lug July 20.indd 1






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Access to STI and HIV services will still be available

Interior Health wants to assure community residents that sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV services will be available through other service providers when public health STI clinics no longer accept new clients at the end of this month. The Interior Health STI clinics are based in public health centres in five communities across the health authority (Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Grand Forks and Cranbrook). These clinics provide STI testing and treatment and HIV testing. The last day for new intakes was December 30 and services will phase out by the end of January. Interior Health will continue to provide these services at its street outreach clinics in Kamloops and Kelowna. People can also access these services through walk-in clinics, family physicians and other service providers in their communities. In addition, HIV designated nurses will continue to support primary care providers

with HIV counseling, partner notification and education support. The decision to discontinue these services is based on an extensive program review which found that 90 per cent of STI testing is being done by other providers such as physicians and walk-in clinics. Physicians and other service providers are also doing the majority of HIV testing with less than one per cent of HIV tests being done by Interior Health nurses. No job loss will result from this, as staff will instead focus on other prevention and health promotion priorities. The nursing component to provide this service in the five communities equates to less than two full-time employees as those nurses also provide other services at the health units. “When other providers offer these services we need to look at other population health needs and re-direct our nursing resources into those areas that aren’t being offered,” said Anne Clarotto,

Program Director Promotion and Prevention. “This decision is also about re-allocating our services to achieve consistency, equitability and standardization in our practices as well as to ensure our nurses are able to maintain their competencies.” Interior Health wants to assure the public that any clients who are in the midst of treatment or an immunization series with public

health will still be able to have it completed by public heath. Interior Health has developed a comprehensive communication plan to inform physicians and other stakeholders about this change in service and the availability of other providers. People who need assistance in locating other STI service providers can contact their local health unit for assistance.

Be a neighbourly Snow Angel In the spirit of the holidays and giving back to your community the Seniors Outreach Society, Volunteer Kamloops, TRU and the City of Kamloops are joining together to launch the Snow Angels Program. City bylaws require all residential occupants to clear the public sidewalks on their property as soon as possible after a snowfall. Snow Angels recognizes that some residents, such as elderly and disabled people, have difficulties meeting this requirement and clearing snow and ice from other areas of their property. Snow Angels is a program where neighborhood-based volunteers are paired with seniors or residents with limited mobility in need of snow removal services for their pathways, stairs, sidewalks and driveways so they are clear and safe for use. Snow and ice are a potential safety hazard for those with limited mobility and therefore the Snow Angels program is an opportunity for neighbours to engage with one another and help those in need. The Snow Angel program recognizes the efforts of those who shovel snow and ice from the walkways of their neighbours who need assistance. Through the Snow Angel campaign, seniors can nominate a “snow angel” with Seniors Outreach. The Snow Angel will receive a letter of commendation and be entered into a draw for prizes. If you or your organization are interested in this citywide volunteer effort, please call 250-372-8313, email snowangelskamloops@ or go to the Seniors Outreach Society website at www.

For the love of Japan From L-R: Derek Mahoney presents a plaque to George Uyeda of the Japanese Cultural Centre for donations raised for Red Cross. The Kamloops Japanese Cultural Association raised almost $109,000 with the government having matched half of those funds!

Handymen helping cut – continued from page 1 For more information about Mount Paul United Church or to get in touch with the soup ladies, give the church office a call at 250-376-2261. Mount Paul United Church is located at 140 Laburnum Street. Tanya Orozco, freelance Bruce Dobinson (left) and Tim Bernard are hard at work helping build the new thrift store in the church.

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Operation Popcorn shows support

Transplant recipients gathered at Royal Inland to deliver tins of popcorn and show their gratitude to the many doctors, nurses, and lab specialists involved in the organ donation process—staff who don’t normally see the results of their work. Without the support of Royal Inland, organ donation and transplantation would not be possible. So far in 2011, staff in intensive care units, emergency departments, and operating rooms across BC have helped to save 268 lives! Operation Popcorn began more than 20 years ago as a way to acknowledge the difficult but crucial role British Columbian hospital staff play with potential deceased organ donors, their families, and the organ recovery process. During Operation Popcorn, transplant recipients across B.C. deliver

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No bedbugs in our libraries With the recent reports of bed bugs in libraries across the Lower Mainland, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System took a pro-active approach and had all 13 branches tested - including the bookmobile - for bed bugs. “We’re happy to announce that there were no reports whatsoever from the testing,” said Kevin Kierans, Director of TNRD Library System. “We will continue to monitor the situation very closely. Our staff also underwent training as well to help educate them about this issue.”

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Physics vs. leadership The students at NorKam Secondary do many amazing things for the community and here is yet another. The leadership class challenged the physics class to build replicas of world famous structures out of the approximately 1500 items of food items they collected for the Kamloops Food Bank in the month before Christmas. The students have done a great job of the Eiffel Tower!


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Donated computers help local schools

Local students received an early holiday present from BCLC with the donation of 178 reuse computers via Computers for Schools. The donated computers are being repurposed within local classrooms and will double their useful life. “The District is thrilled with the relationship we have fostered with BCLC throughout the years and very much appreciate their generosity,” John Cuzzola, director of information technology for Kamloops/ Thompson River School District. “Their donation will go towards providing greater access to technology for our students.” Mary-Em Waddington, executive director of Computers for Schools BC, noted that donations from organizations like BCLC helped Computers for Schools hit a milestone of more than 118,000 computers distributed to schools across the province so far.

“The Computers for Schools program has made a significant impact in enhancing computer literacy in schools across B.C., helping districts save costs on computer purchases that they can re-direct towards other programming, and reducing negative environmental impacts through effective reuse,” Waddington said. “Businesses have a key role to play in the success of the program and we encourage companies to partner with us in getting computers into B.C. schools that need it the most.” “The foundation of our company is technology and we’re committed to managing our equipment, such as computers, in a sustainable manner,” said Lynette Hughes, vice-president, transformation and technology for BCLC. “Donating our equipment to the school district has been a win-win for us. We have found a new home for the equipment and have given students

access to technology that may in turn spark an interest in a future career in the IT sector.” So far this year, the Government of Canada and 26 private companies in B.C. have donated more than 7,380 computers for reuse in schools across the province. The value of these computers is estimated at $1.5 million and equivalent to removing 850 cars from the road or saving enough energy to power over 1946 homes a year. Computers for Schools, co-founded in 1993 by industry Canada and the Telecom Pioneers, refurbishes computers and related equipment donated by governments and businesses. These computers are distributed across Canada to schools, libraries and registered not-for-profit learning organizations. The national program achieved distribution on its one millionth computer milestone in December 2009.

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away from the mountain The Echo’s crackerjack, roving reporter stumbled upon some Mountain Sheep grazing at the Range Research Unit across from the dog park in Brocklehurst recently. Although it seemed unusual to see the sheep in this area, they weren’t a bit concerned to have their photo taken!

Our region benefits from Canada’s Gas Tax Fund

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) will benefit from $2.1 million from Canada’s Gas Tax Fund for an innovative project to reduce methane emissions from small landfills. “Our Government is proud to deliver long-term infrastructure funding for municipalities through a permanent annual investment of $2 billion in the Gas Tax Fund,” said Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops– Thompson–Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “We are pleased to support projects that create local jobs and use innovative technologies to improve

air quality and protect the environment.” The initiative involves the placement of compost beds on the landfill surface over areas where landfill gas is venting. It uses biosolids from wastewater treatment processes, wood waste and other products to create the landfill cover. The beds metabolize methane produced by the landfill, and immediately reduce its global warming impact by 21 times. Methane emissions are also captured and oxidized by a thick organic topsoil layer spread over the remaining area of the landfill during closure. “It’s good to see the Gas Tax Fund supporting such an innovative approach for reducing methane,”

said Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson. “The Province continues to be a leader in emission reduction initiatives and through projects such as these we will continue to do our part in mitigating climate change.” Canada’s Gas Tax Fund provides stable, long-term funding to local governments and other organizations to help them build and revitalize public infrastructure. The fund primarily supports capital projects to improve local roads, public transit, energy systems, drinking water, air quality, wastewater and solid waste management. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC in

collaboration with Canada and British Columbia. On December 15, the Government of Canada passed legislation to make the Gas Tax Fund a permanent annual investment of $2 billion. December 22,“Local governments in BC are committed to reducing GHG emissions from our operations,” said Heath Slee, President of UBCM. “UBCM is very apprecia-

tive of the support provided by Canada through the Gas Tax Fund to support innovative projects like the TNRD’s.” For further information on the Government of Canada’s infrastructure investments in British Columbia, visit www. To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit www.

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New year for our Community Centre January‌A fresh start! A chance to start new things and to do the things you wished you’d done last year. What a perfect opportunity to try something different at the North Shore Community Centre! With exercise classes, scrabble and cribbage games there is bound to be something that will interest you. Welcome back to the regular community events; starting

up again with live music, good food and lots of fellowship. The activities start up the first week of January. Be sure to join in for the first community dinner of the year on Sunday, January 8 as well as the Old Time Dance which is on Friday, January 13. Line dancing starts on January 9, for all those cowgirls and boys! North Shore Community Centre would like to thank Len

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Mayor’s Award for the Arts nominees The Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Symphony and Western Canada Theatre are proud to announce the nominees for the Mayor’s Award for the Arts. This year, the category of the award is Artistic Innovation in the Arts. The three nominees are all recognized as individual artist/creators or organizations that are producing outstanding, visionary and creative work within their discipline, and bringing a new cultural experience to the City of Kamloops. The assessment committee will be selecting the award recipient based on innovation within visual or performing arts. The award will be presented by Mayor Milobar at the fifth annual Mayor’s Gala for the Arts on Saturday January 21, 2012 at The Kamloops Convention Centre. The nominees are: Alan Corbishley - Baritone/ Director/Producer Alan entered Kamloops’s Arts Scene in 2006. He had a dream to span the space between high and light opera, the classical and the contemporary, introduce other related and unrelated elements of the arts, to create and challenge audience’s interest and develop a wider appreciation of the arts and related interests within our community. Alan created the B.C. Living Arts Society in 2007. His goal was to make performance more interactive and fusing genres together; to make a production an experience for the audience. Alan has received multiple awards for his accomplishments in Arts and Culture in Kamloops and British Columbia, including the Thompson Rivers University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Derek Rein - Project X Theatre Project X is a unique theatre group that brings theatre back to its roots, to the tradition of the Greeks who performed outdoors in amphitheatres. This open-air accessible theatre, defies how we tend to view traditional theatre. Two plays are chosen for each festival and which are linked together. The uniqueness of the programming and the venue are such that people come from outside Kamloops to the festival every year to experience the cultural event. Project X provides an outlet for Kamloops’s talent and brings together seasoned, experienced actors with the young upand comers who can learn from their cast mates. Janet Whitehead - Musings and Mud Coaching Studio Janet is a coach and an artist in Kamloops, who has supported, facilitated, even created a growing community of creative people of all ages in all disciplines. In her coaching Be mused practice she unleashes other people’s creative talJanet Whitehead ents and has built a community of ‘muses’ who are now part of the creative community in Kamloops. As part of her support to these new artists she has created a one of a kind show or fair – the 2nd annual Muse A-fair at Pavilion theatre showcased the work and passion of 22 creative muses. Tickets for the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts are available at Kamloops Live Box Office, 1025 Lorne Street.

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Winnipeg for nearly an entire winter, a Winnipeg man departed for his vacation in Miami Beach, where he was to meet his wife the next day at the conclusion of her business trip to Toronto. They were looking forward to pleasant weather and a nice time together. Unfortunately, there was some sort of mix up at the boarding gate, and the man was told he would have to wait for a later flight. He tried to appeal to a supervisor but was told the airline was not responsible for the problem and it would do no good to complain. Upon arrival at the hotel the next day, he discovered that Miami Beach was having a heat wave, and its weather was almost as uncomfortably hot as Winnipeg’s was cold. The desk clerk gave him a message that his wife would ar-

wait to get to the pool area to cool off, and quickly sent his wife an email, but due to his haste, he made an error in the e-mail address. His message therefore arrived at the home of an elderly American preacher’s wife whose even older husband had died only the day before. When the grieving widow opened her e-mail, she took one look at the monitor, let out an anguished scream, and fell to the floor dead. Her family rushed 0-

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In front of a crowd of a hundred or more people standing on the beach at Riverside Park, only a brave few plunged into the icy waters of the South Thompson for this years Polar Bear Swim. This year was a bit warmer than most, with the temperature right around the freezing mark, much to the delight of the participants in the 19th annual Ridge Runners Run and Polar Bear Swim which started at 10:30 .ZDBSJTSBUFEGPSTFOJPSVTF a.m. and wound up on the beach at noon on January 1. $BONZHSBOEEBVHIUFS XIPJT Donning a mask and TUBZJOHBUNZIPVTFGPSPOFZFBS some shorts was Cameron Dobmeier who ran into the UPBUUFOE536 ESJWFUPTDIPPM  water not once, but two times. 7JTJU.JDIFMMFUPHFUUIF


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Eagles, 755 Tranquille Rd. Draws for steaks during the races. For more info call 250-3761311. n Friends of McDonald Park - Monthly meetings at the Parkview Activity Centre, 500 McDonald Ave. Newcomers welcome. For info call 250-554-1285. n Alano Club - a safe environment for recovering addicts. 171 Leigh Rd. 250-376-5115. n Chronic Pain Association meets for support, fellowship, and resource sharing the last Wednesday of each month at 12:30 pm at People in Motion, 182-B Tranquille Rd. For more info call Jackie 250-372-1912, Steven 250 554-1706, or Kris 250-376-2608. n Mighty Oak Midwifery Care Information Nights - Learn more about midwifery in a relaxed setting every third Friday of the month at 202-322 Victoria St. For more information, visit n Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Connection program matches you with a survivor who has gone through the same type of cancer and treatments. FMI 1-888-939-3333.


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