June 27, 2012 Volume 8 • Number 26 50¢ Newsstand Price
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Celebrate Canada Day… come rain or shine Without a doubt, one of the biggest highlights of the year are the Canada Day celebrations down at Riverside Park. Each and every year Riverside Park becomes a beehive of activity. The day starts well before day break with volunteers arriving early and stretches out well after the sun has set. Like Canada itself, Kamloops’ Canada Day is a collaboration of many different groups who come together to produce one of the most highly attended and well produced events of the year. The City of Kamloops, Kamloops Multicultural Society and the Kamloops Arts Council, as well as countless community groups, performers, musicians, artists and volunteers put in countless hours of preparation, planning and executing everything with care to make everything bigger, better and more exciting than the year before. To date, they have always come through but this year the road to Canada Day has taken more work than many before. On flood watch, the City management, staff and mayor have been putting in more overtime than usual. They have been planning for the worst and hoping for the best. City management from many departments have been spending large amounts of time up at the Kamloops Emergency Operations Centre located at the Public Works
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(L-R) Cara Graden, Arts, Culture and Heritage Coordinator for the City of Kamloops and Kathy Sinclair, manager of the Kamloops Arts Council will be ready for Canada Day celebrations rain or shine.
Facilities on Concordia Way. “Information provided indicates that the projected river will approach one in 20 year flows on the North Thompson River and slightly above the one in 20 year flows on the South Thompson River,” explains Mayor Peter Milobar. “These projections are at or slightly above 1999 levels.”
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The problem with being right in the midst of a flood watch and warnings all while planning and preparing for the biggest celebration of the year is that no one can be certain what mother nature has planned. Obviously Canada Day celebrations happen at Riverside Park, but what happens if Riverside Park is under water?
“Our goal is to keep Canada Day celebrations at Riverside Park,” continues Mayor Peter Milobar. “We are 80 percent certain we will be able to do this. We have explored alternate locations in the unfortunate scenario that we cannot go ahead in the park. We have used McArthur Island – continued on page 2 449 Tranquille Road 250-376-0058 229 Victoria Street 250-372-3565 Royal Inland Hospital (Front Entrance) FoRmERly Cowboy CoFFEE