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Police out in force for New Year’s Eve RCMP road checks promise to be a prominent feature on South Okanagan roads tonight KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

While most Canadians believe impaired driving is unacceptable, one in four admitted they have driven drunk in the past year. “People know they shouldn’t drink and drive, but an alarming number of us still do,” said Jeff Walker, Canadian Automobile Association vice-president and chief strategy officer. “The temptation is highest at this time of year, but Canadians need to listen to their conscience and not drink and drive.” The CAA surveyed drivers across the country and it showed that 91 per cent of B.C. residents said they personally feel it is completely unacceptable to drive when they have had too much to drink, yet 30 per cent admitted to driving after consuming alcohol and 27 per cent said that they had driven when they thought their alcohol consumption had been near or over the legal limit. Walker said he was surprised by the findings. “If you look at the numbers in terms of this concept of social acceptability, which we think is really important, it is clear that impaired driving and drinking and driving is at the same level as seat-belts. People have decided this is socially unacceptable. You see a quarter of people saying (they have driven drunk) at least once a year, now mind you most are saying it’s just once or twice, but still, they are doing it. There is clearly still progress to be made,” said Walker. Penticton RCMP Cpl. Mike Gallagher said police have been steadily handing out suspensions locally, but it is hard to make comparisons to previous years because of the immediate roadside probation rules that were introduced in B.C. this year. “We have actually seen a decrease in drinking and driving in Penticton over the holidays, so that is very good news and we are happy with that,” said Gallagher. Penticton RCMP said they will be covering a lot of ground on New Year’s Eve to ensure the roads are safe by conducting roadside check stops. “We will have our local members, the Integrated Road Safety team and highway patrol all in town doing random road blocks throughout Penticton,” said Gallagher. B.C. has the toughest provincial impaired driving legislation in the country. If you drink and drive you can count on administrative sanctions adding up to between $600 to $4,060 — even if it’s the first time you’re caught — and more time off the road.

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CPL. MIKE GALLAGHER of the Penticton RCMP detachment and other officers will be on the roads in full force this evening looking for drinking drivers celebrating the new year the wrong way.

If a police officer suspects you are driving impaired, they will ask you to provide a breath sample at the roadside. If you pass it means your breath sample contains a blood alcohol level below 0.05. A warn means your breath sample is between 0.05 and 0.08 BAC. If you are caught in this range for the first time in a fiveyear period you will lose your driver’s licence immediately for three days, you may also lose your vehicle for three days and will have to pay all related towing and storage fees. You will also have to pay a $200 penalty and a $250 driver’s licence reinstatement fee. If you give a second warn breath sample within a five-year range you will lose your driver’s licence for seven days and may lose your vehicle for seven days. The monetary penalty increases to $300 and the driver’s licence reinstatement fee still applies. A third time within a five-year period and you

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lose your licence and vehicle for 30 days, pay a $400 penalty, and to regain your driving privileges will have to complete the Responsible Drivers Program and use an ignition interlock device for one year. Drivers who provide a failing breath sample or refuse to provide a sample at the roadside will face an immediate 90-day driving ban and a $500 fine. As well, they will have their vehicle impounded for 30 days and may also face criminal charges. The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation reminds that hosts of holiday parties should be prepared to offer non-alcoholic drinks, designated drivers, guest accommodations or other options to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. According to ICBC, an average of 133 lives are lost and 3,400 people are injured in approximately 5,600 impairedrelated crashes in B.C. each year.

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Transit rolling out study of Penticton service BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

Penticton’s transit users will not be hit with a 25-cent increase in the cost to ride the city’s buses, as least not until a study on local transit service is completed next year.

Council voted 4-2 last week not to increase the fares despite, according to the councillors who wanted the rate change, a 48 per cent increase (roughly $200,000) in annual operating costs. The study, to be conducted by BC Transit,

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will look at ridership trends, routes, times and fares. “I don’t think anyone would disagree that transit service in this community is not as good as it ought to be,” said Coun. Garry Litke. “We see empty buses rolling

around town. We see two or three buses appear at the same place or time and we wonder why?” “The study needs to increase the efficiencies of our new fleet.” Litke said he does not believe a fare increase would be appropriate as it would negatively affect people who likely cannot afford it. “We want to keep our population mobile,” said Litke. “It is quite often students, seniors and those who are mobile challenged who depend on our transit system to get from point A to point B.” He said a fare increase would also work against the city’s efforts

to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “BC Transit indicates that every time the fares go up ridership goes down, and that is exactly the opposite of what we want to see. We want to see increased ridership on our transit system, not decrease it,” said Litke. “This council has already adopted a commitment to a climate action charter which is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, and 56 per cent of our carbon emissions come from vehicles. “If we increase our transit fares and force people back into their vehicles, we will be moving in a direction that is contrary to what we have

already agreed is a good climate action initiative. We need to get people out of their cars and into the buses.” Only councillors Mike Pearce and Dan Albas voted to raise transit fares. “We have a whole bunch of pretty new (buses) because of the provincial government policy of bringing them all here for the Olympics and then downloading them on municipalities,” said Pearce. “Our operating costs have increased ... I think we should be recovering these expenses.” But Mayor Dan Ashton said he would like to see what the tran-

sit study comes up with before adjusting fares. “I hope that the citizenry of Penticton, when this study does come forward, jumps on board, no pun intended, and has a look at how we can make our transit system better for not only the users that are using it right now, but for the users that hopefully will use it in the future and make a difference on the subsidy levels,” said Ashton. “If that transit study isn’t up to what it should be then I have no problem asking ... council to bring back a recommendation for a fare increase that will offset the adjustments that may or may not be required.”

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PENTICTON’S RYAN BAZLEY of the International Association of Fire Fighters prepares to toss another Christmas tree on the growing pile of firs at Fire Hall No.2 on Dawson Avenue this week. The disposal-by-donation program is in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Firefighters organize tree collection KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

Penticton firefighters are carrying on the tradition of picking up Christmas trees to raise money for muscular dystrophy. Residents are encouraged to call the fire department to arrange for a pickup or drop off their trees at fire hall No.2, located at 285 Dawson Ave. “MD is a neuromuscular disorder characterized by the wasting and progressive weakness of muscles. Donations help fund the research for a cure,” said Penticton fire department operations assistant Liz Wilson. Penticton Firefighters Local 1399 has been committed to raising money for MD for over 50 years. The money raised goes towards awareness, research and equipment.

Ryan Bazley, Penticton firefighters muscular dystrophy representative, said a single wheelchair for those with MD can cost over $20,000. “When someone gets a wheelchair they need to be able to get around their home and community. So their home and vehicles need to be wheelchair accessible, which do not come at a very cheap price,” said Bazley. This year the Penticton firefighters have raised over $5,000 for MD. The annual boot drive in September raised over $4,000, with the contribution of local business matching some of the fundraising efforts. Last year’s Christmas tree collection raised over $1,000. “A big thanks goes to the citizens of our community because we would not be able to raise this kind of money if they did not contribute,” said Bazley.

Penticton firefighters will pick up Christmas trees on their off-time for residents who have called ahead. A donation to the firefighters to help find a cure for MD is appreciated upon pickup. An MD donation box is set up at Fire Hall No.2 for those dropping off their Christmas trees. The trees will be chipped and taken to the Campbell Mountain landfill for the composting program. Residents interested in scheduling a pick up can do so by calling 250-490-2300. The Christmas tree pick up service will operate until Jan. 18. To donate to the firefighters support for muscular dystrophy you can also text the word ‘MUSCLE’ to 30333 and it will be charged to your phone bill. To confirm your $5 donation, you must reply by texting the word ‘Yes’, otherwise the donation will not be completed.




Incoming president on solid foundation STEVE KIDD

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After nearly a decade with the same president, the Okanagan College Foundation will be under new direction as it heads into 2011. Steve Tuck retired from his role as the first and only president of the college support organization earlier this month, with vice-president and Penticton resident Jim Henderson replacing him in the top spot. Tuck said his passion for supporting students comes from many sources, but credits the support he was given when he was pursuing higher education as a major driver. “My life wouldn’t be what it is today if others hadn’t offered the support that enabled me to pursue post-secondary education,” said Tuck. “And over my many years of experience in philanthropy, that story has been repeated time and again by students helped by the foundation and the donors whose contributions make it what it is. “Helping make those educational and life-transforming dreams a reality is one of the noblest things I can think of.” While the foundation has many activities, Henderson said the biggest job is managing the $7.5 million endowment fund, which gives back in excess of $1 million annually in scholarships and bursaries to benefit the student population at the college’s campuses throughout the valley. “We’re all about the students,” he said, noting that the foundation has helped a large number of students

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NEW PRESIDENT Jim Henderson of the Okanagan College Foundation looks over the work on the Centre of Excellence currently underway at the Penticton campus. Henderson replaced Steve Tuck who headed the foundation for nearly 10 years.

over the years. “When we come to a crossroads, we ask what’s best for the student.” Henderson is adding the job of foundation president to another major effort, chairing of the organization’s campaign to raise $5 million, the college’s share of the new Centre of Excellence at the Penticton campus, which has a total price tag of $28 million.

It will be a lot of work wearing both hats, Henderson admits, but said the satisfaction of helping people makes it worthwhile, calling it a longterm investment. “It’s my time to give back,” he said, adding that when he retired from Canadian Tire, he soon found that golfing alone was not enough to bring a satisfying life. “I got antsy. I had to do something

or go bonkers,” jokes the 70-year-old, who joined the college foundation’s board of directors in 2004. Given the economic situation over the last two years, it’s been a tough job raising the $5 million needed. “Everyone says it’s a great project,” said Henderson. But great project or not, he continued, companies that in other years would have given generously find themselves having to

limit their budgets. “However, there are two companies on the list that made no profit last year, but still made major donations to the fund.” Those companies, he said, recognize the importance to the South Okanagan of doubling students and staff at the Penticton campus, a factor which early studies indicated might be worth upwards of $40 million to the local economy. Even if the original estimate is overly optimistic, the project will have a major economic impact, one Henderson believes could inject $30 million into the local economy. Under his leadership, Henderson hopes to orient the foundation’s board more in the direction of fundraising, setting some big goals. “I would love to see $20 million in the endowment fund when I step down in three years,” he said, complimenting Tuck on the work he has done transitioning the board from a university to college focus after Okanagan University College was reformed five years ago. Henderson’s views are echoed by Jim Hamilton, president of Okanagan College. “Steve has played a pivotal role in bringing the foundation to this stage of its development,” said Hamilton. “His commitment, his energy, and his passion have helped the foundation through some teething and transition challenges. What makes Steve’s commitment even more meaningful is that it goes well beyond just being a part of the foundation — he and his wife Terry have made their own donations to the foundation in support of students.”

Skaha Lake sees a decline in kokanee numbers KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

Kokanee fish stock has shown a decrease in Skaha Lake this past year, but continue strong returns for the ninth consecutive year. Paul Askey, stock assessment biologist in Penticton, said the Minister of Natural Resource 2010 survey shows the Skaha Lake kokanee count at 39,000 — a decrease from the 52,000 seen in 2009. “On historical levels it was not a really bad year. So far I would just chalk the decrease up to natural variation that we see in these populations year-to-year, but if it keeps going down like that then we would be more concerned,”

said Askey. “Skaha Lake is being monitored pretty closely because there is an ongoing experiment right now to do with the sockeye introduction to the system that is led by the Okanagan Nation Alliance and Department of Fisheries and Oceans.” Askey said they are monitoring whether or not the sockeye introduction is negatively impacting the kokanee stocks, but it is too early to tell if that is the case. He added it is more likely the kokanee stocks are just undergoing a random change. “The sockeye were added the year before too, and it was a better kokanee number,” he said. Overall, the main valley lakes counted

225,000 fish, representing a 38 per cent increase from 2009. This was primarily due to the strong return of shore-spawning kokanee estimated at 197,000. The stream-spawning kokanee population in Okanagan Lake also increased in 2010 by about 9,000 fish to approximately 28,000. Kokanee stocks were at low levels in the 1960s when mysis shrimp were introduced to Okanagan Lake. It was believed the shrimp would make good food for the kokanee, but it ended up the two species were competing for food. That, combined with a bad spawning habitat and lower nutrient concentration in the lake, caused a decrease in the stock. The ministry and its partners have continued efforts to restore spawning and habitats to ensure the

long-term health of kokanee populations. In the 2010 survey, Wood Lake had its largest return this decade with 20,000, Kalamalka Lake kokanee numbers totaled 23,100 and Coldstream Creek had a tally of 7,000 — which is below average, but counts along the shoreline were very strong at 16,000. Askey said for people choosing to fish kokanee this year there should be an abundance. “It seems like these days a lot less people tend to target kokanee, and more people are fishing for rainbow trout or some of the other species,” said Askey, explaining that those sport fishing tend to target the bigger varieties. “Kokanee are also food for the rainbow trout, so any way you look at it, it is good.”

Health official says Norwalk outbreak no cause for alarm STEVE KIDD Western News Staff

The recent spike in Norwalk or norovirus outbreaks is nothing unusual, according to officials from Interior Health, who have recorded 28 outbreaks since the beginning of November. “I think we’ve had them in all areas — we usually get a norovirus wave of activity,” said Dr. Rob Parker, senior medical officer with IH. “The

disease circulates mostly in the winter, although it can circulate all times of the year.” The 2010 wave started in November, according to Parker, with 14 outbreaks at seniors’ care facilities over the course of the month. “In December, I think we have 14 to date. I think there have been two in the South Okanagan region,” he said. “They’re still ongoing now. Even when we get the norovirus peak, it lasts eight

to 12 weeks.” While outbreaks in seniors’ care facilities and similar establishments often get the most attention, Parker said that doesn’t mean the rest of the population isn’t dealing with the virus at the same time. “Everybody does get it, it’s just that’s one of our tracking methods, looking at the seniors’ homes,” said Parker. “It’s very common, we see it every year. It’s very predictable.” It’s easier to track and take

measures to deal with norovirus in those facilities, but Interior Health also keeps an eye on the disease through summary reports from physicians. In about half the communities covered by IH, Parker said they started seeing increased physician office billings for diarrheal disease — an indicator that norovirus may be present — starting in late November and continuing into December. “This is common,” said Parker, likening it to the regu-

lar annual cycle of influenza. Unlike influenza, there is no vaccine for norovirus and people don’t develop a permanent immunity to the various strains of the virus — meaning they can be reinfected in a couple of years “If someone has had a particular strain of norovirus, they are not immune to it forever. Their immunity only lasts about two years. That’s why it’s common. It’s the commonest cause of nausea, diarrhea and

vomiting in terms of infectious agents.” Norovirus tends to be relatively short-lived — most people will be over the symptoms in one to two days. Rest and keeping your fluids up is the best cure, Parker said, to get past the vomiting and diarrhea associated with the disease. “Good old hand washing is the primary thing,” said Parker. “But even with good hand washing and cleaning of surfaces … it’s pretty infectious.”




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Activist looks to corral support for wild horses BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

It is a matter that animal rights activist Theresa Nolet has been working on ever since some free-roaming horses wondered onto her West Bench property searching for food. The horses were unattended, according to Nolet, left to roam freely on Penticton Indian Band land until they grow large enough to be sold at auctions — 80 per cent of them, she contends, for meat. Nolet said the horses, some wild but most owned, had been left in the elements to fend for themselves, even in the cold winter months. Nolet, along with colleagues from a Critteraid program called Project Equus, has “rescued” and placed several horses, keeping four herself. She said she has seen horses thin from starvation, sick and injured. One such horse, named Little Girl, was close to

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If past years offer any evidence, more than 100 people will begin the new year by throwing themselves into the icy waters of Okanagan Lake. The 26th annual Kinsmen Polar Bear Swim scheduled for noon Saturday at Summerland’s Sunoka Beach attracts a wide range of participants, said Frederik Numsen, a club member. Actual participants and their supporters come from up and down the valley and from all age groups, he said. “It is just something that you can do with other people to unite in an experience,” he said. Stacy Nodge, who helped organize the swim in the past, has participated in the last two swims and might again this year. Nodge said he approached his initial participation as a challenge, adding that it has since turned into a ritual. “It’s kind of like a fresh start to the year. It’s like a cleansing,” he said. “You can do anything for a brief period of time.”

death when she was rescued. “She was covered in lice to the point where a lot of her hair was missing. Her face was almost bald,” said Nolet. “There is a grading scale that people use for horses going from one to 10, and five is considered healthy. The vet put her at one and a half.” A confirmed horse lover, Nolet said she does not like the idea of the animals being slaughtered for meat. However, she does recognize there is a market for it. “We can’t stop people from sending horses to slaughter, but from a humane point of view we feel very strongly that they should not be running around loose, risking injury or starving to death,” she said. “Around mid to late October the animals should have to come off the range, and at that time you either have to maintain them over the

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FERAL HORSES wander in search of food on the grassy area of land on the east side of Highway 97 earlier this week. Concerns have been raised again about the free-roaming animals and what potential solutions there are to the ongoing problem.

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ll five B.C. Liberal leadership candidates support the HST and have declared their support for fellow Grit MLA Ida Chong in her battle against Fight HST recall campaigners. Those supporting the tax — not one of which professed a fondness for the tax prior to the Liberals’ surprise implementation of it shortly after being re-elected in May 2009 — continue to claim it will result in lower prices. While we wait for that to occur, we can listen to HST supporters continually defend the tax by pointing out 80 per cent of goods are not affected by its introduction. But that only begs the obvious question: Why are 20 per cent of goods more expensive under the new tax? If the tax is supposed to be revenue-neutral, if the tax’s existence is meant to save businesses money, and if the tax is supposed to maintain B.C.’s competitiveness, why could it not have been implemented so consumers did not take a hit? In other words, why couldn’t the HST have been introduced with all goods previously subject to both GST and PST now subject to the 12 per cent HST, and all goods previously subject only to the GST now subject to an identical five per cent tax? It can be done, as the HST was brought in with certain exemptions. For example, books, magazines and newspapers used to be subject to only the five per cent GST, yet today books continue to be taxed at that rate, while magazines and newspapers are hit with the full 12 per cent HST. Why? The examples go on and on, yet there has not been a reasonable explanation provided by any of the HST supporters. It’s enough to lead one to believe the introduction of the HST was simply an opportunity to add a seven per cent tax on a plethora of products.

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New world order takes hold in 2010

ake elections in Egypt, Burma and Belarus. A massive earthquake in Haiti, devastating floods in Pakistan, and a volcano in Iceland that killed nobody but inconvenienced millions. Something verging on civil war in Thailand, a reviving civil war in Ivory Coast, and a real civil war in Afghanistan (with lots of foreign help). As these things go, not a bad year at all. There are 192 countries in the world — or 202 countries, whatever the number is this week. There are almost seven billion people. All those countries and all those people will unfailingly supply enough bad news to hold the ads apart all year, every year. It doesn’t mean that the planet is really going to hell. The media will always search out what bad news there is and highlight it. A broader view of events would report that not one country in the world was invaded in the past year. Not a single one out of 192, or however many it is. That’s not bad, considering our history, and it’s not just a fluke. No countries were invaded in 2009 either, or in 2008. In fact, the last time a country really got invaded was Iraq in 2003. It is the absence of really big events (which are generally really bad events) that characterizes the year. No Second Great Depression, for example (though the essential work on avoiding that was actually done in 2009). No Great Flu Pandemic. No war in the Korean peninsula despite the sinking of the South Korean frigate Cheonan in March and North Korea’s shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in November.


No American attack on Iran, despite all the threatening language. No large-scale killing on the Israeli-Palestinian front, though of course no progress towards a peace settlement either. No high-casualty terrorist attacks on Western countries, though lots in Pakistan, Iraq, India and Afghanistan. (Why do attacks on Western countries matter more? Because they tend to go berserk when they are targeted.) No financial meltdown in Europe, though both Greece and Ireland have been put through the wringer. No recession at all in the emerging economies of the former Third World, which still account for less than 40 per cent of the world’s economy but provided two-thirds of the world’s growth over the past year. And maybe that’s the real news of 2010: this was when the new world order finally became manifest. This revolution has been predicted since economist Jim O’Neill at Goldman Sachs first grouped the big developing countries with fast-growing economies together as the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China)

in 2001. Subsequent Goldman Sachs studies predicted that their combined economies would be larger than the combined economies of today’s rich countries by 2050, and every update of the study has brought that date closer. It is still probably five to 10 years away, but this was the year when China, the biggest of the BRICs, overtook Japan to become the world’s secondlargest economy. It also overtook the United States in 2010 to become the world’s biggest producer of cars. For all practical purposes, the revolution is no longer imminent. It is here. This is as big an event as the end of Pax Britannica and the rise of the United States, Germany and Japan to great-power status at the end of the 19th century. Just last year the G8, the group of seven rich Western countries plus Japan, was still at least notionally the board of management of the world economy, while the G20, incorporating the emerging economies, was a mere courtesy gesture to the new players. This year, the G20 was where real action was, and the preceding G8 meeting was just a regional strategy session before the big event. The consequences of this historic shift in the world’s centre of gravity will play out over the years and the decades to come, but the reality and irreversibility of the change is now undeniable — even if China’s economy, at the moment, is the biggest bubble in the history of the world. Apart from that, what else can we say about 2010 that is in any way meaningful? Lists are

traditional at this time of year, but there isn’t really much point in a list that includes an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a British royal wedding, and 33 trapped Chilean miners. If you must have a list, go online and you’ll find hundreds of the things. They all mean virtually nothing. And then there’s predicting the future. But the real future is full of surprises. Just consider what a reasonable person would have predicted in the last couple of years that ended with “10”. In 1810, all the European empires had been at war for more than 15 years, with fighting in every continent. So who would have predicted in 1810 that after a few more bad years Europe would enjoy a full century of almost uninterrupted peace and soaring prosperity, or that democracy would spread to most of the big European countries? Nobody. Same with 1910. It was very near the end of the Long Peace by then, but nobody knew that at the time. The First World War would shatter the old world in only four years’ time, and by the end of the 20th century the European empires would all be ancient history. Nobody foresaw it. Nobody could. And the future? Who knows? One could seize the opportunity to bang on about the world’s failure to address the threat of radical climate change, but this year’s failure is not worse than last year’s, nor in all probability than next year’s. Gwynne Dyer’s latest book, Crawling from the Wreckage, was published in Canada recently by Random House.




Conservative vision based on fear of differences This is a response to Stockwell Day’s recent MP Report. Where his report begins for me is where he writes, “To get insights on what types of legislation would be put in place by a Liberal/ NDP coalition just look at what type of legislation they are proposing or opposing.” Mr. Day speaks against a bill before the Senate that would require Supreme Court judges to be bilingual. Well, so what? English and French are the official languages of Canada. I’m sure that Mr. Day, being a federal MP, must have at least a working knowledge of French. Message: Be afraid and hate those who speak a language different from ours. Mr. Day relates about talk in Parliament over a possible change in the Constitution over gender identity. It had to do with recognizing the existence of and guaranteeing rights to trans-gendered persons. This isn’t going to happen anytime soon folks. Making changes in the Constitution is a complex process that takes a long time and offers no guarantee of success. Further, Mr. Day writes, “Most Conservatives voted against this because no clear answers were given by the Liberals or NDP regarding possible implications of a law like this,” yet offers no Conservative Party suggestions regarding the implications of such a law himself. So fear and hate those whose sexuality and sexual identity are different from our own. Another thing Mr. Day discusses is the issue of granting a pardon to convicted criminals who have served their time and remained crime free for a minimum of five years from the end of

A political shell game

Listening to some of the in-the-running candidates for the premier’s job is becoming more commonplace by the day. One candidate comes out with a different platform plank and others then slyly come on side to agree with it, in many cases. Common sense tells us that a ship without a rudder will stay afloat until it runs into something or runs aground. Right now the Liberal ship is still afloat. However, the direction seems to be an issue. All candidates have made comments as to their intent if they become leader. Many of these intentions seem to be parallel from candidate to candidate. Somehow, this doesn’t seem to be a new direction to revitalize the province as they would have us believe. For instance, there isn’t any one of them that has stated that he or she would deal directly with such things as: health care, the minimum wage, homelessness issues, education, B.C. child poverty issues, and yes, the HST issue, in an expeditious manner. Why is this, you might ask? Could it be that prior to the premier’s resignation, that many untruths were perpetrated? Could it be the fact that there seemed to be indiscriminate spending, e.g. B.C. Place Stadium and Empire Field? Could it have been promises made and some implemented, only to be reneged upon and withdrawn later? Could it be the hullabaloo created just after the election when the HST came to light? These are some of the issues that have not been fully addressed by any candidate thus far. Many of these, in all probability, will remain just as they are, unresolved issues. A new leader will be selected. However, it seems as though it will be business as usual with the same old team of horses with a different driver. No matter how much things change, they’ll stay the same. Many issues brought by various candidates seem to be token lip-service or non-committal at best. It seems that these wannabees would have us believe that all of their caucus members and all of their constituents are on side with their particular policies and proposals. If this is so, then how do they explain Gordon Campbell’s resignation truthfully? How do they explain the fact that the party itself has fallen as low in ratings as it has as of late? How does someone like Kevin Falcon come to Penticton and get quoted as saying “that prior to the election, there was no discussion or discourse on the HST?” Would he have us believe that the HST was spawned in a few hours or days so that it could be introduced after the election? Wasn’t it

their sentences. When a pardon is granted, the sentence is removed from the person’s record. It seems Mr. Day and the Conservatives don’t like this and wish to have this provision removed. Mr. Day uses a slipperyslope argument to fight this. He starts out with persons who have been convicted of pedophile offences, something over which everyone will surely agree they should not be granted a pardon. If successful, the Conservatives will move onto another group where most people will agree pardons should be denied: convicted psycho-sexual serial rapist murderers, then those convicted of a single psycho-sexual rape murder, then convicted serial murders, then those convicted of a single murder. So it goes until we get to the “thin edge of the wedge” where, combined with toughened laws and sentences, no one convicted of any criminal offence (by then jay-walking and spitting in public will be criminal offences) will receive a pardon. Be afraid folks, be very afraid and harbour hatred and a desire for vengeance against the rising tide of criminals who, according to the Conservatives, we will soon find flooding our streets. How else are the Conservatives going to justify building more prisons that are not needed and most Canadians don’t want? Finally, Mr. Day talks about what he calls the Conservative Party’s “Human Smuggling Bill.” He first suggests that the minority Conservative government wants to go after those criminals who smuggle human beings. This is fine. By all means, enhance the effort to co-operate with foreign law enforcement agencies

about two months or so ago that federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty stated on national TV that the works had been in the drawer for some time prior to the election? Evidently, the show must go on — and will go on. We, the electorate, will be the victims of our own doing unless we take an active part in the democratic process. It’s been said before and will be again: If we always do what we’ve always done; we’ll always get what we’ve always got. We cannot and must not become complacent and let about 48 per cent of voters determine our political fate. There are three kinds of people, I’ve been told: those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who wonder what happened when it’s all over. Honestly ask yourself: Which one am I? Ron Barillaro Penticton

Hours cut at rural offices

Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association is the union that represents postmasters and their assistants in rural Canada. Recently Canada Post in B.C. and Yukon has proposed widespread hour cuts in many of our offices — cuts that cannot help but negatively impact your postal service by creating an immediate reduction in service levels and extended customer wait times, as well as taking wages out of your community. A total of 44 of B.C. and Yukon’s CPAA offices, including Kaleden, Keremeos and Okanagan Falls, were given notice in the middle of December that they were among the first wave of hour cuts. These initial proposed cuts will affect 72 employees in B.C. and Yukon alone. Aside from the fact that this was demoralizing news at this time of year, we at CPAA fully understand that this is merely the first assault on our offices. These rural post offices are often the only federal presence in these small communities. To keep the heart beating in rural Canada, please let the following people hear your voice: Rob Merrifield, Minister of State for Transport (responsible for Canada Post), Place de Ville, Tower C, 29th Floor, 330 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ont., K1A 0N5 (no postage necessary); your local MP; your local MLA; or Canada Post Corporation, 2701 Riverside Dr. #N1210, Ottawa, Ont., K1V 1J7. Barbara Lincoln, president CPAA, BC & Yukon

both at the national and international level to go after human smuggling criminals. But here’s what he writes, “This bill is designed to discourage human exploitation incidents such as the arrival of the last two boatloads of smuggled illegals to our West Coast.” These people are not “illegals.” They are refugees who were (many still are) living in miserable conditions in refugee camps, much like the suffering and displaced people in Haiti. These people have been rendered homeless by the Sri Lankan Army committing war crimes by bombing and firing artillery into residential areas. The fact that they were willing to pay ransoms to human smuggling criminals in the effort to find a better place to live testifies to the desperate nature of their situation. It reminds me of ships in the 1930s that had Jewish people on board who were rejected asylum from Nazi Germany by the Canadian government. We could have a federal election as soon as May 2011. What kind of society do you want to live in? A Canada and society that is tolerant and accepting of others? This is the vision, a traditional vision that the Liberals, NDP and other parties are offering. Or a Canada and society that harbours fear, hatred and non-acceptance towards those who are different from us? This is the vision the Conservatives are offering. These are the stakes. We would be wise to consider them carefully. James Demetrick Oliver

Union short on solutions

In his letter of Dec 24, (Teachers’Christmas wishlist), Kevin Epp of the Okanagan-Skaha Teachers Association serves up a Christmas turkey, and I don’t mean donating his time serving dinner at the food bank. Using the holidays as a platform, Mr. Epp delivers one of the most lopsided, biased, self-serving letters I’ve seen written. Pointing out anything that may be a hurdle in the workplace, his namby-pamby boohoo bellyache is all about what everyone else can do for him, and nothing of what he can do. Looking for everyone else to fix the problems yet offering nothing to the solution process. My Christmas present for Kevin Epp — a chance to redeem yourself. Check your backyard before commenting on others. I’d be happy to submit to the paper workbooks, marked by his teaching group that were given high grades in which pages were ripped out, answers to questions were “I love ..., they are a super fantastic teacher” and other completely irrelevant answers. Or an essay in which the first four sentences were relevant, the next several pages were “I’m rambling on about nothing because I’m pretty sure my teacher is only looking at how many pages and paragraphs are here and not reading the content” and receiving a B+ grade. There’s issues everywhere Kevin. Wipe the smug grin off your face, role up your sleeves and be a contributor, not a whiner. Kelly David Penticton

Goats abound

Has anyone else out there noticed the prevalence of these agile hairy ruminant quadrupeds? In the media, there has been an explosion of stories, movies and advertisements featuring billies, nannies and kidlings, quite a few with unsavory connotations. Let’s not forget the appalling images of degradation on the Internet. None of which I am familiar with first hand. Most disconcertingly of late, is the introduction of nanny’s milk products into my cheese, not that I have any prejudice towards classic goat cheeses such as feta, but a fine Canadian cheddar should only be crafted from rich cow’s milk. Preferably a large Holstein with that bovine twinkle in her eye that tells you she knows the resulting product will be excellent.

I favour the theory, recently revealed to me, that an ancient cabal of international goatherds is responsible for this campaign. Their prime imperative to get us all hooked on goat products. Cheese is only one of the items in question — soaps and sweaters made from goat hair, lotions and unguents potions and pungents abound. I just had one request for Santa this year, please don’t bring me a goat for Christmas. Happy holidays to all. James Kennedy Penticton

A dream for the new year

As we move closer to yet another new year when many resolutions go astray, we can all reflect on a year gone by so fast. Let’s mend some bridges, big and small, that are crumbling much too fast. Lets’ fix what we can before year’s end, making 2011 perhaps a little easier to mend If only war machines were left idle and abandoned, turning into rust, and politicians became honest and sincere in rebuilding a new foundation of public trust. This message is short and sweet, suggesting one of future hope, peace, caring, happiness and sharing. Just think people — there would be no reason to have missile, will travel. I guess we heard this all before, but unlike Martin Luther King — they haven’t figured out a way to take my dreams away yet. Tom Isherwood Olalla

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Business Entrepreneur ready for world stage KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

Tammie McFarlane never considered herself much of a fashion diva, but necessity has introduced her to the fashion world. Conducting a business meeting in the Okanagan summer heat, the reality of functional fashion became a strategy. McFarlane knew there had to be a better way to both look good and feel good, this is when she stumbled upon the idea of Pettee Pantz. The product is a breathable, moveable, comfortable type of shorts that are just right for wearing under skirts, dresses or at bedtime. They are also practical and can take you from a business meeting to a bike ride, walk or even to a roller derby. “Pettee pantz came to be because I thought there has to be something better than this. I needed something longer than underwear, but something that looked cute at the same time. I wanted pretty, yet practical. These are highly functional,” said McFarlane, who lives in Okanagan Falls. With the seed planted McFarlane decided to quit her HR director position with Vincor and has been pursuing her fashionista side with the upstart company Tleeze Fashion Strategies. “Yes, I went from HR dir-

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PRINCESS MARGARET Secondary School textiles students Taryn Attrill, Sharn Brar and Ashley Farewell helped a Okanagan Falls entrepreneur launch her pettee pantz product to the Okanagan market and soon to the world.

“Yes, I went from HR director to underwear.” — Tammie McFarlane ector to underwear,” laughs McFarlane. “I had a bunch of things that was taking priority in my life including my daughter, so I stepped out of that business world and into this one. You got to grab life by the horns.” The entrepreneur enlisted the assistance of Dana Kocsis, the textiles teacher at Princess Margaret Secondary School. Kocsis realized it would be a

perfect opportunity to introduce her class to the real fashion world with a project that had commercial meaning. Within a few weeks they produced a variety of pettee pantz and McFarlane was amazed by the results. From there, McFarlane hit the streets making contacts from shops to salons and the response was outstanding. The fashionista then went back to the high school to

present the class her business vision and plan, while asking for input. “I just wanted to thank the girls and show them what’s possible to achieve when they put their mind to the task,” said McFarlane. Limited edition originals can be found locally at Peaches, The Grooveyard and Propeller. Distribution has now moved throughout the Valley in Kelowna at Sweet Dreams and Tweaked and Yummy. Tleeze is also providing a sponsorship for the Kelowna Derby Dolls, a roller derby team. McFarlane is now ready to introduce her product to a wider audience — she is hoping to debut in several shops in Toronto and has her eyes on Australia. The entrepreneur is moving to Brisbane next month and is taking her Okanagan original product with her. Those who have purchased the original pettee pantz and register the limited edition number found on the pants will gain a unique status and will qualify for a draw for a ticket to the Australian launch. McFarlane is hoping one of the limited edition purchasers will eventually become her Okanagan representative. “Pettee pantz are made in the Okanagan and I want to maintain that identity,” said McFarlane. To find out more information on pettee pantz and McFarlane visit

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ominations are open for the 2010 Community Business Excellence Awards which is themed “Casino Royale ” with a James Bond Flair. If you have someone you would like to nominate you have until Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. to get your nominations in to the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The nomination forms can be found at the Wine Country Visitor Centre, the Penticton Chamber of Commerce offices or online at our website The City of Penticton is strengthened every day by the personal efforts of many individuals, businesses and groups through their dedication, achievements and special talents. These are the people of our community that provide the leadership, vision and give us a reason to celebrate our city and its citizens. The Community Booster Award, sponsored by Prospera Credit Union, highlights a Penticton and


area organization or individual that is enthusiastically promoting community projects, events, festivals or happenings, done so exceedingly well and received no remuneration for it. The Hospitality/ Tourism Business Award sponsored by the Downtown Penticton Association. The hospitality-tourism businesses or organizations must have strengthened the economy, hosts or promotes an event or service that encourages visitors to use Penticton as a destination point. The Home Based Business Award is sponsored by HSBC and honours a home oper-

ated licensed business in Penticton and area that consistently shows excellence and quality in standing behind their products or service. It has established strong relationships with its customers and is recognized for excellence in customer service. G r e y b a c k Construction Ltd. is sponsoring this year’s Industrial Business Award. It will go to a Penticton and area business that has strengthened the economic base of Penticton through development, manufacture or fabrication. The Retail/Service Business Award is sponsored by the Penticton Western News and honours a business that is proactive to changing market trends, provides a variety of products or services and is willing to stand behind their products or service. It has established strong relationships with its customers and staff and is recognized for excellence in customer service. Detail is paid to aesthetics and atmosphere.

Valley First Credit Union is the sponsor for the New Business Award and honours a new business of excellence in their first three years. It will have enhanced the business base of Penticton, demonstrated a commitment as a place to do business and has become an outstanding corporate citizen of our community. FortisBC is a major contributor to our event through their sponsorship and dedication to the Young Citizen of the Year Award. This goes to a resident of who is 19 years old or younger and has shown dedication and loyalty to our community through their efforts. Young Entrepreneur, sponsored by JCI Penticton, honours an entrepreneur under the age of 35 who excels in business, exemplifies leadership and entrepreneurial skills and demonstrates exceptional vision that contributes to business success. The Business of the Year, sponsored by the

Pattison Sign Group, stands out among peers in the business community as a leading organization both in its approach to business and in service to the community. This business should demonstrate true business excellence in overall business operation, including customer service, employee development/relations, site aesthetics, marketing, innovation, community contribution and allowance for disabilities. Business Leader of the Year sponsored by TD Canada Trust Small Business Banking honours an individual who has made a notable contribution to the business environment, by exemplifying excellence in their chosen field, overall business acumen, customer service, community involvement, leadership and employee relations. Lorraine Renyard is the general manager of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.




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For the younger set, a visit from Elmo and his friends in the Sesame Street gang was one of the highlights of 2010. Their July show was just one highlight in a year that showed a strong entertainment scene in the South Okanagan, including performance arts from the areas many local musicans, dancers and theatre companies.

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have been as many big shows in the latter half of the year at the South Okanagan Events Centre, that doesn’t mean it was a quiet year for Penticton on the entertainment front. Along with visits from the Sesame Street Gang (above), Howie Mandel (left), and Martina McBride (below left) the area saw a range of major names visit the South Okanagan, including Rihanna and Carrie Underwood. Away from the brightlights of the professional stage, the entertainment scene was also thriving, with events like the annual MultiCultural Festival (bottom left) showcasing an incredible local diversity of culture and talents. Even in classes, students got a chance to experience the big time as the top five dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, like Kim Gingras (below) dropped by to show off their stuff and conduct workshops.




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The holiday season is a popular time for new releases at the theatre. But when you are deciding if a particular movie will be appropriate for you or your family, Consumer Protection BC wants to help you find out the correct movie rating and understand what it means. The Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority Act established Consumer Protection BC, which operates at arm’s length from government and are responsible for a range of licensing, inspection, investigation and enforcement activities, overseeing functions that used to be carried out by the Consumer Services Division of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Those include classifying and rating the movies that come into B.C. theatres, using a set of specific criteria, which sometimes contrast with the American ratings commonly seen on television, online or in the newspaper. General: Suitable for viewing by persons of all ages. Occasional violence, swearing and coarse language and the most innocent of sexually suggestive scenes and nudity, are permitted in this category. Parental Guidance: Theme or content may not be suitable for all children although there is no age restriction. Films in this category may contain less subtle sexually suggestive scenes and nudity along with a more realistic portrayal of violence than those rated general. Coarse language may also occur more often. 14 Accompaniment: Persons under 14 years of age must view these motion pictures accompanied by an adult. These movies may contain violence, coarse language or sexually suggestive scenes, or any combination of them. 18 Accompaniment: These moves will contain horror, explicit violence, frequent coarse language or scenes that are more sexually suggestive than in the 14A category, or any combination of them. Above those level, films may be classified as either restricted or adult, both liimiting the audience to those over 18. The most recent movie ratings can be found in the film classification section of Consumer Protection’s website, or, to get up to the date ratings as they are issued, follow them on Twitter @ConsumerProBC. The organization recommends that moviegoers also spend a few extra minutes reading the advisories to get more details about a film’s content. More information is available through their website, by phone at 1-888-563-9963 or via e-mail



The Taste of Penticton, an event designed to give the food producers in the South Okanagan an opportunity to show their tastiest offerings is coming to the Trade and Convention Centre on Feb. 19. The show will provide a day of entertainment and delicious food for all, featuring restaurants and other eateries from all over the South Okanagan. Live entertainment and lots of door

prizes will be included in the day. Organizers will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the Taste of Penticton to the Okanagan International Children’s Festival and the Okanagan-Similkameen Neurological Society. All eateries and food producers are invited to register for the event by contacting CLC Productions, Inc at tasteofpenticton@gmail. com or calling 250-4905782 for more info.

T. G . I . F. Entertainment BARLEY MILL PUB — Karaoke 2.0 every Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 p.m. Thursday: Big Slick Poker at 7 p.m. Watch sports on 23 TVs and one 11-foot screen. COPPER MUG PUB — Big Slick Poker on Sundays at 7 p.m.

Concerts Jan. 6 — VooDoo`s Thursday Night Blues Jam hosts an incredible lineup of musicians from the South Okanagan, both pro and amateur including horns, harmonica players and a number of the best guitarists, drummers and singers in the area. Jan. 15 — Triple Threat, with David L’Hirondelle, Randy Ponzio and David Morin combines different genres including Rock, Ska, Soul, and Reggae in both original and cover tunes. Combining beatboxing, loops and multi instruments this dynamic group will impress. They’re taking to the stage at VooDoo’s along with special guest Travis “Little T� Turner, vocalist. rapper and actor. Jan. 23 — A Winter Concert at the Lake at 2 p.m. at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church (5505 Butler St. Summerland). This concert is a delightful afternoon of baroque pipe organ and flute music followed by delectable desserts and tea. Tickets are available at the Summerland Art Gallery. Feb. 26 — Tickets are on sale now for Toby Keith, coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre with special guests George Canyon and One More Girl. Tickets are available at SOEC Box Office, the Wine Country Visitor Centre, by phone at 1-877-763-2849 or order online at www. Dec. 31 — Bring in the new year at the sixth annual Amazing New Year’s Eve party starting at 6 p.m. in the Ramada Inn, with entertainment by Kyle Anderson’s Amazing Rubber Band and About Time as well as contests and prizes. Tickets are $79 plus HST per person and are available by calling the Ramada front desk 250-492-8926. Special room rates are also being offered. Dec. 31 — Annual New Year’s Eve Party at La Casa Ouzeria Restaurant with dancing to live music by Uncorked! starting at 7:30 p.m. Visit for menu and details or call 250-492-9144 for reservations. Dec. 31 — Celebrate New Year’s Eve with champagne, fireworks and live entertainment with Gord McLaren at the Hooded Merganser Bar & Grill. For more information, call 250-487-4663.

New Year’s Dec. 31 — Double Diamond will be ringing in New Year’s Eve with their three-hour Neil Diamond tribute show at the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort in Osoyoos. Tickets for the event are limited to 300 and can be purchased at 250-495-5445. More information about the show at Jan. 8 — Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera resumes at the Penmar with Puccini’s wildwest opera, La Fanciulla Del West and Deborah Voigt singing the title role opposite Marcello Giordani. Nicola Luisotti conducts. Jan. 9 — The Children’s Showcase 20102011 Series continues at Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland with a cappella singing sensation. Series tickets are $30 and are available at the Sweet Tooth CafÊ in Summerland and the Tumbleweed Gallery and Wine Country Visitor Centre in Penticton. Jan. 19 — Philosopher’s CafÊ, 2011 presented by the Community Cultural Development Committee (CCDC) and the Summerland Community Arts Council at 7 p.m. in the Summerland Art Gallery, 9533 Main St.


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ig screen westerns have an uphill battle with attention-challenged audiences these days. They’re not near as loud or flashy as effects-riddled fare. What they’re all about is story and — if the dusty classics are any indication — a whole lot of attitude. Now, the good news. True Grit is stacked in both categories. The Coen brothers have always had guts (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men), which is a positive in taking on True Grit, ‘cause let’s face it, you can’t walk in the Duke’s shoes if y’er yella. And, in an especially smart move, the directing duo doesn’t stray far from the beloved 1969 original. The story has 14-year-old Mattie Ross

(Hailee Steinfeld) traveling to Arkansas to hire a gunslinger to assist her in capturing Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who killed her father. She eventually hooks up with Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges, inheriting John Wayne’s legendary role), a harddrinking lawman whose better days are obviously behind him. Also in town is a Texas Ranger (Matt Damon), who has been pursuing Chaney ever since he killed a senator back in the Lone Star state. The three team up and, in an expected dysfunctional manner, set off to serve justice. Let’s be clear, here; Jeff Bridges is no John Wayne. That’s not to say he’s not as talented an actor – on a thespian scale (personal opinion, of


course) Bridges probably sports more depth, but is nowhere near the iconic presence of Wayne. But hey, while we’re at it, it’s safe to say that 2010’s True Grit doesn’t quite hit the heights of the ’69 True Grit. That said, the film is a beauty, Bridges is exceptional in playing the character of Rooster his own way (a Duke impersonation would’ve been an awful way to

go) and thus, this version does hold its own quite well. Even if you aren’t a fan of the cowboy genre, the Coens are so skilled at unravelling a solid tale, it’s awfully tough — near impossible, honestly — to find any major faults with this flick. Note, True Grit isn’t your usual Coen brothers movie. It isn’t eccentric or, for that matter, very daring. They play it strictly by the book, in this case, the novel by Charles Portis. Again, a great move. And a truly great movie. Out of a possible five stars, I’ll give True Grit a four and a half. The feature is currently playing at the Pen-Mar Cinema Centre in Penticton. Jason Armstrong is a movie reviewer living in the Okanagan.

Many Hats launches 2011 season Tickets are now on sale for Norm Foster’s Opening Night which is the 2011 season opener for Many Hats Theatre Company. The fun begins as Jack and Ruth Tisdale are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with an evening at the theatre. It’s a dream come true for Ruth but Jack would rather be at home watching the

World Series. The hilarious antics and the events both on and off the stage that fateful night will leave you in stitches as they have audiences since Opening Night debuted in 1989. Directed by Jane Saunders, who recently starred in Many Hats production of Sylvia the opening night for Opening Night is Jan. 27.

Many Hats invites you to join them for a reception and meetand-greet with the cast immediately after the show. Many Hat’s production of Opening Night runs until Feb. 19 on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre. Shows are Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2

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PENTICTON TORCH bearer Susie Welch (white toque, middle top) makes her way through a sea of faces with the Olympic ame at the South Okanagan Events Centre. An estimated 5,000 people celebrated the arrival of the torch. Vancouver’s Bruce Baxter (top left) shouts in pain from cramps he experienced after ďŹ nishing the swim portion of Subaru Ironman Canada. Canada East goalie, Jordan Ruby, top right, watches as the puck goes in during the Gold medal game against the United States during the World Junior A Challenge and below, Ashaya Isted, 3, wearing her over-sized Canucks jersey enjoys a moment of solitude during the Vancouver Canucks training camp. Kelowna skip Kelly Scott, bottom left, watches her delivery during opening round action at the 2010 BC Scotties Women’s Curling Championships. Olympic snowboarder Ekaterina Ilyukhina of Russia rounds a gate on a training run at Apex Mountain Resort. Vancouver Canuck Daniel Sedin signs an autograph for a young fan following one of the NHL team’s training camp sessions.










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Pressure is nothing new to Derek Wolf. In Grade 7 he sunk the winning basket to win the NBA 3-on-3 tournament held in Calgary. “It was awesome,” said Wolf, a point guard for the Pen High Lakers senior team. “Got a big medal.” Since Kindergarten, Wolf has been the central figure to his team’s offence. It’s no different this year as he strives to help the Lakers reach provincials. As he puts in the hours to turn the Lakers into a legitimate threat, his focus is to keep his teammates energized and feed them the ball. “I bring the energy on the team,” he said. “I just love the game, it’s fun to play.” Dustin Hyde, Wolf’s coach, described him as “the general on the floor.” “He’s got probably one of the best handles in the Valley,” said the Lakers coach, adding he possesses strong decisionmaking skills. “I’d say he’s one of the top guards in the Valley. He shoots the ball

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well, he dribbles the ball well and he passes very well.” During the Fred Fedorak Classic on Dec. 16 to 17, Wolf collected 11 points in a loss to Delview then was named Player of the Game against rival Princess Margaret Mustangs after scoring 12 points and collecting nine assists. Quiet and soft-spoken

off the court, it’s the opposite on the floor. “We have seen some really positive steps forward in terms of that leadership in letting guys know what they need to do, what offence we are going to be running, what defence we are going to be running,” added Hyde. Like his teammate, Joel Moorman, Wolf wants to play at the col-

lege level. To accomplish that, Wolf must work harder in another area — the gym. Hyde said Wolf must improve his strength. “When you go to the next step or the AAA league you play against some big kids,” said Hyde. “I think Derek is about six-feet tall but he’s a little bit thin. He spent probably more time than anybody this year in the gym.”

Boo birds, rival meetings and 2011 wishes


anny’s Mailbag will close out 2010 with a few things to think about. Canada’s Brayden Schenn ties Mario Lemieux and Simon Gagne’s record with four goals in a World Junior Championship game, yet isn’t chosen as Canada’s Player of the Game. That honour went to defenceman Erik Gudbranson who scored two goals and three points. I guess the voters didn’t think Schenn’s goals and performance were good enough to give him that honour. You have to feel bad for Gudbranson, it’s not his fault he was chosen over Schenn and so Canadian fans boo him. It doesn’t look good when they boo their own player, but perhaps it was intended for the person or people who made that decision. Someone should tell Gudbranson that it’s okay to joke with the media since he didn’t with the TSN reporter. That followed a performance in which Canada slapped Norway around for a 10-1 win. They now improve to 3-0 with a few injury problems and another minor dark cloud


hovering them. Zack Kassian did not play against Norway and will miss the Sweden game after his clean shoulder check knocked Petr Senerik of the Czech Republic out. Switching to junior hockey, the Vees finish 2010 by hosting the Westside Warriors today at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Puck drop is at 6 p.m. Anybody who purchased tickets to the upcoming Toby Keith concert were given freebee tix to watch these two rivals. The Vees travel north on Hwy 97 on New Year’s to visit the Vernon Vipers. The last time both met in Penticton,

it ended in a 1-1 draw. The curiosity of the matchup will heighten should they meet in the playoffs. That’s when I will really be intrigued by what happens. Last year’s Game 5 win for the Vees in Vernon was the best junior A game I’ve witnessed. Rolling into 2011, do the Vees have what it takes to win the Fred Page Cup? The hockey season began with Penticton hosting the Vancouver Canucks rookie tournament. The eight-game tournament attracted hockey fans from all over and provided a good lead up to the Canucks main training camp. Months later, the SOEC had the spotlight again with the World Junior A Challenge in November. The main disappointment for fans is for the first time, Canada West didn’t medal. On a personal note, my team, Tea With Miss McGill, in the keeper hockey pool is wedged in the middle of 10 teams. While I still have a chance to finish in the top three, some mistakes

are costing me. Among the crop of rookies I chose, Schenn is playing well. The only problem is those points don’t count towards the pool. Hmmm, since I am the commissioner of the pool, I do have the power to change that. (Can you picture me tapping my fingers together with an evil grin?) For 2011, I simply wish for more production from Drew Doughty and Zach Bogosian to climb closer to the top. More offence from the backend would certainly help my cause. I also wish for the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup. While Roberto Luongo still hasn’t played as well as his first season in Van City, it would be nice to see him prove his doubters wrong. And it could potentially shut up a few co-workers. Boom! Lastly, I wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year. Emanuel Sequeira is the sports editor of the Penticton Western News.

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Dec. 31

ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has a New Year’s party with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner by Beijing at 7 p.m. and live music. Champagne and snacks at midnight. Tickets are $15 available at bar. Tickets not sold at the door. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles is having a New Year’s celebration. Tickets are $10. Starts at 7 p.m. Entertainment by Dale Seaman also Ivan Prefontaine. Party favours, spot dances etc. Designated driver on duty. SENIORS SINGLES LUNCH Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250-770-8622. PDSCL has bingo at 1 p.m. in the Leisure Centre on Winnipeg Street. Call Tarra at 250-490-0200, ext. 1 for more information. SENIORS’ DROP-IN CENTRE has social bridge and

beginner’s line dancing at 1 p.m. ANAVETS HAS A New Years EVE dinner and dance with Buzz Byer. P ENTICTON P UBLIC LIBRARY is open for business during the holiday season. Regular hours include Dec. 24 until 3 p.m., Dec. 28 to 31. The Library is closed Dec. 25 to 27 and Jan. 1. The Library will be open seven days a week starting in January: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The first Sunday is scheduled for Jan. 2, 1 to 5 p.m.


FREE POLE WALKING CLINIC every Saturday at the Rose Garden parking lot from 9 to 10 a.m. Learn how to turn a simple walk into an effective, efficient total body workout. Demo poles supplied. Call Jana at 250-487-4008 for info. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 is featuring Rutland City Limits and Dale Seaman, 1 to 8 p.m., $6, call 250-492-2882 for advanced tickets. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has breakfast, open to everyone from 8 to 11 a.m., hosted by trustees. Proceeds to charity. HAS ANA VETS ENTERTAINMENT from 3 to 7 p.m. by Buzz Byer, drink specials, bring your own snacks. ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has drop-in fun darts and pool.


SUNDAY EVENING DANCES at 7 p.m. with DJ Emil Sajna at the South Main Dropin Centre on South Main St. Call 250-493-2111 for more info. $3 per person. CRIBBAGE CONGRESS, grass roots club meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Drop-in Centre on South Main. Call Joe at 250-4935073 for more information. BC SPCA HAS a flea market every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Real Canadian Wholesale Club parking lot, weather permitting. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Center invites you to an


evening of dance with DJ Emil Sajna from 7 to 9 p.m. $3 per person and all is welcome. ANAVETS HAS HORSE races and meat draws at 2 p.m. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has mystery draw at 4 p.m. Lorraine’s chicken wings at 4 to 6 p.m. Members and guests welcome to the hall on 1197 Main St. T HE C ELEBRATION CENTER and Metaphysical Society has guest speaker Ted Lund discussing Magic with Crystals. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. Everyone welcome. PENTICTON AND DISTRICT Stamp Club will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. All visitors welcome. For more info, call Gus at 250-4923875. ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has food draw, door prizes, dog races, Last Man Standing and all new People Races starting at 2:30 p.m.


KIWANIS K-KIDS meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Concordia Lutheran Church at 2800 South Main. Open to all kids ages six to 13. For more information visit or call Colleen Emshay at 250-490-0976. MENTAL WELLNESS CENTRE has Brown Bag family support group from noon to 1 p.m. weekly and individual support for family members from 2 to 4 p.m. weekly. FITNESS FRIENDS MEET every Monday in the hall, 502 Martin St. at 10 a.m. Come and get in shape, everyone is welcome. Phone Dot 492-5400. SENIORS’ DROP-IN CENTRE has beginner’s line dancing at 9 a.m. scrabble at 10 a.m., carpet bowling at 10:45 a.m. and intermediate to advanced line dancing and duplicate bridge at 1 p.m. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has bridge at 1 p.m. and a Ladies Auxiliary Christmas dinner at 5 p.m. AL-ANON has a meeting for friends and family, men’s only at 7 p.m. at the United Church. Call 250492-9272 for info. COMPUTER SENIOR’S CLUB has sessions at 439

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Winnipeg St. from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call 250-4930789 for more info. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles on 1197 Main St. has the Monday dart league at 7:30 p.m. WELLNESS SENIORS SOCIETY has stress and relaxation (except holidays) from 1 to 2 p.m. at the United Church on 696 Main St. Free to attend. ANAVETS HAS DART and pool leagues at 7 p.m. LEGION LADIES HAVE their general meeting in the hall on 502 Martin St. at 2 p.m.


FREE DROP-IN after school club for elementary aged children every Tuesday from 2:45 to 5 p.m. in The Ark at First Baptist Church. Supervised activities, crafts, games, gym time. Call 259-492-3824 for more info. BUDDHIST VIPASSANA MEDITATION and discussion group meets Tuesdays 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Call 250-4621044 for details. OKANAGAN CALEDONIAN PIPE BAND will start practices again in the New Year at the Legion. Watch for information on our annual Robbie Burns Night. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles on 1197 Main St. has euchre starting at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome. TOPS B.C. 4454 meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the basement of the Bethel Church, 945 Main St. Phone Tina at 250-7701613 or Susan at 250-4965931 for more information. SENIORS’ DROP-IN CENTRE has intermediate line dancing at 9 a.m. and a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. SQUARE DANCE CLUB has mainstream, plus and round dancing from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. at the Seniors’ Drop-in Centre. Call 250493-8274 for info. PENTICTON CONCERT BAND holds rehearsals every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. New members welcome. Phone Gerald at 250-809-2087 for info. ANAVETS IS HOSTING karaoke with Hazel at 5:30 p.m. Stu’s kitchen open. THE PEACH BLOSSOM Chorus invites the public to participate in the Joy of Barbershop Harmony. Join any or every Tuesday evening. Experience not necessary, just a voice in tune from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Victory Church on 352 Winnipeg St. Call 250-492-3032 or 250-4940815.

O KANAGAN S OUTH TOASTMASTERS meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Best Western in Osoyoos. Become a more confident speaker. Call Corinne at 250-689-0676 for details. VICTORY CHURCH OF Penticton has a weekly men’s breakfast bible study Tuesdays at 6 a.m. at Debbie’s Diner. PENTICTON PIECEFUL EVENING Quilt Guild meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre on 2965 South Main St. For more info call Treena 250-497-8901 or Fran 250-497-7850. AL-ANON for friends and family of alcoholics meets at 10:30 a.m. at 2800 South Main and 6:45 p.m. on 431 Winnipeg St. Use entrance to right of main door. 8 p.m. at the Anglican Church in Okanagan Falls. Call 492-9272 for information. PENTICTON PIECEFUL EVENING Quilt Guild meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre on 2965 South Main St. For more info call Treena 250-497-8901 or Fran 250-497-7850. SENIOR’S COMPUTER CLUB on 439 Main St. has membership infomation at 10:30 a.m. in the computer annex room to be followed by a class sign-up for January and February in the main hall from 11 a.m. to noon. M ENTAL W ELLNESS CENTRE has individual support for family members in Summerland from 10 a.m. to noon. at 13211 Henry St. Royal Canadian Legion branch 40 has a Naval vets Christmas luncheon at 11 a.m. P E N T I C T O N PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB welcomes all photographers for slide shows, speakers, tips and networking every fourth Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Penticton Museum. More info at $5 drop-in, $50/yr. ADVENTURER’S CLUB HAS a general meeting at 7 p.m. Contact Jean at 250-492-3874 for info. PRH ALUMNI MEETS at 10 a.m. at Carmi Health Center. Speaker Topic: Lifeline System-emergency security for live alones.



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Congratulations 50 Years John & Iris Soviskov December 31, 1960 Love & Best Wishes from your Family. Daughter Connie (Steve), Granddaughter Crystal (Brian), Daughter Arlene (Brad), Granddaughters Kelsey and Delaney.

Died peacefully at Moog and Friends Hospice House on H D December 23, 2010. Born Jun June 6, 1938 in Manitou, Manit Manitoba. Predeceased by husband Alex. Surviving are daughter, Mona (Tom) Saulnier of Abbotsford; son, Alex (Barb) of Maple Ridge; sister, Delores Faulkner of Penticton. Gloria loved her dogs, Duchess, Bongo and Bambi. A family gathering will be held at a later date. Cremation. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the S.P.C.A. would be appreciated. Condolences can be sent to the family by going to EVERDEN RUST FUNERAL SERVICES 250-493-4112

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nee Wicks passed away at the Penticton Regional Hospital on December 29, 2010. D She was predeceased by Sh her first husband, Leslie Stephens in 1987, by her second husband, Clifford Thompson in 2000, and her daughter, Ellen in 2006. She is survived by her sons, Reginald (Jean) Stephens of Sechelt, B.C. and Bill (Jean-Anne) Stephens of Castlegar, B.C.; her daughter, June (Bill) Everden of Penticton, B.C.; her 14 grandchildren, as well as many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Lillian always enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, doing crosswords, playing cards and in her later years she enjoyed bowling. Her constant companion over the years has been her Tea-cup Pomeranian, Skippy, who was given to her by her beloved Cliff before he died. Although she was not able to keep Skippy over the past few months, he was a regular visitor and now resides with Bill and June. Lillian always had an optimistic attitude no matter what life threw at her, and although she had lots of health problems over the years was able to live to see her 93rd birthday. She was not just a mother and grandmother, but a good friend to her family as well. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at the Chapel of the Everden Family Funeral Services, 1130 Carmi Avenue in Penticton, B.C. on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. Interment at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. EVERDEN RUST FUNERAL SERVICES 250-493-4112



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Help Wanted A-DEBT-FREE LIFE. We’ll help you. Call MNP 877-8982580. Free consultation in your area Creditor proposals, trustee in bankruptcy, 3201620 Dickson Ave. KelownaResident office, Appointments available in your area. DOZER & Hoe Operators required for Company that constructs oil field roads & leases. Require operators with oil field lease & road construction experience. Competitive wages. Rooms & Meals provided by the company. Call 1-(780)723-5051, Edson AB. Medical Office Trainees Needed! Drs & Hospitals need Medical Office & Medical Admin staff! No Experience? Need Training? Local Career Training & Job Placement also Available! 1-888-778-0459

Home Care/Support The 2011 Regular Council meetings begin at 6:00 pm unless otherwise posted.


Highly motivated & trained professional care aid for in home services, 25 years experience, (250)770-1140

December 25, 2010 - January 31, 2011 Trees can be dropped off @ Fire Hall #2 located @ 285 Dawson Avenue for Chipping & Recycling. For more information please call the Public Works Department (250) 490-2500.

Career Opportunities

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services P/T FRONT DESK AGENT at Chinook/Oasis Motel. Available evenings & weekends. Apply in person at 1884 Gordon Drive, Kelowna.

Office Support Clerk Pathways Addiction Resource Centre is seeking a Bookkeeper/Receptionist with strong knowledge of Simply Accounting and Excel computer programs. Must have excellent client focused communication skills. Permanent, part-time, on-call and holiday replacement. Resumes accepted at Pathways 1-996 Main St, Pent or

Financial Services DEBT CONSOLIDATION PROGRAM Helping Canadians repay debts, reduce or eliminate interest, regardless of your credit. Steady Income? You may qualify for instant help. Considering Bankruptcy? Call 1-877-220-3328 FREE Consultation Government Approved, BBB Member

Career Opportunities

BUSINESS LICENCE – Bylaw 2010-90 PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given that Bylaw 2010-90 being The Corporation of The City of Penticton Business Licence Bylaw to provide for granting of business licences, to fix and impose licence fees and regulate certain trades, occupations, and businesses in the City of Penticton and to reflect the amendment to the renewal of anniversary date.


Any person who is interested in the above Bylaw or who may be affected by the proposed amendments may appear in person, by petition or by attorney. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received by Council after the conclusion the said Council meeting. Delegations and Submissions will be received no later than 12 noon on Monday, January 10, 2011. Those persons with special hearing, language or access needs should contact City Hall at 250-490-2400 prior to the meeting.

Full time position responsible for all marketing and promotions for the South Okanagan/ Similkameen’s dominant retail mall. The successful candidate will be an energetic self starter with excellent people, planning and budgeting skills. Media, marketing or event planning experience an asset. Competitive wage and benefit package. Submit resumes by email to or by mail to:

The above mentioned bylaw and supporting information may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to through Friday, excluding holidays, up to and including Monday, January 10, 2011, in the office of the Clerk’s Department at the Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton. - Cathy Ingram, Manager of Legislative Services

General Manager Cherry Lane Shopping Centre 230 - 2111 Main Street Penticton, B.C. V2A 3W5


Senior Administration Representative, Insurance

Effective Dec 6, 2010 Dog Licence fees are as follows: Male Dog $62 Female Dog $62 Neutered Male $31 Neutered Female $31 Please note that the discount of $10 for early payment is no longer in effect.

2011 CITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS Penticton City Council will be making appointments to the following City of Penticton advisory committees: Agriculture Advisory Committee BC Climate Action Charter Compliance Committee Community Development Advisory Committee Development Services Advisory Committee Downtown Enhancement Advisory Committee Emergency/Protective Services Advisory Committee Heritage, The Arts & Culture Advisory Committee Okanagan Waterfront Enhancement Advisory Committee Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Advisory Committee Seniors Advisory Committee Transportation Demand Management Committee Individuals interested in serving in a voluntary capacity on one or more of the above-named committees are invited to submit the “Advisory Committee Application Form” which can be picked up at reception at City Hall or you may print off a copy from our website at on or before January 14, 2011. CITY OF PENTICTON - 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. V2A 5A9 Facsimile: 250-490-2402 E-mail: For further information, please contact Barb Bogaardt at 250-490-2406.

2011 BUDGET OPEN HOUSE – EVERYONE WELCOME A presentation of the 2011 budget will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers. Staff will be available to answer questions. You are encouraged to come and share your cost saving or revenue generation ideas. A copy of the budget can be viewed on the City’s website at

Belong. Be Valued. Join Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and experience what its like to be part of a dynamic team of people in a growing company that values you as an individual and inspires you to achieve your career goals. As the third largest credit union in BC, with 37 branches and 29 insurance offices throughout the Lower Mainland and the BC Interior, $5.6 billion in assets under administration, 1,250 employees and 167,000 members, we are committed to creating meaningful, lasting relationships with our members, employees and business partners and to contribute to their financial health and growth. We are currently recruiting a full-time Senior Administration Representative, Insurance for a new central services department in Penticton. The incumbent is responsible for co-ordinating and monitoring the administration and processing of all insurance policy documents for Valley First’s numerous insurance offices. As a team lead, this position will also be accountable for providing leadership and training to team members and the ongoing review of processes to ensure efficiency. Candidates must have attained an academic standing of Grade 12 and must possess four to six years’ insurance related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to applicants who possess a Level 2 license. Applications will be accepted until January 5, 2011. Qualified applicants are invited to apply at We thank all applicants for their interest in Valley First; however, only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Financial Services


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Legal Services ICBC, MVA’S, SLIP & FALL or Any Injury? MARCO D. CEDRONE Making The Difference in Personal Injury Claims! 24hr. Call:1-866-913-3110 Cascade Law Corporation

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GRANITE SLAB SALE. 150 colors to choose from. 1 1/4” thick. Great Service. Great Price! All mayjor CC’s acepted. WCB Open 9-4 Mon-Fri, 10-2 Sat. Showroom: 1115 Gordon Dr. 250-763-8303 Fax: 763-6169

Drywall Certified & Guaranteed Drywall Services Texturing - Ceiling Repairs New & Small Reno’s Certified Ticketed Journeyman 20 + yrs exp 250-487-8678

Handypersons Handyman Al, Renos, Decks Roofs, Drywall, Painting Carpentry, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Yard work. Licensed, Insured, WCB, References. 250-8099441 Seniors Discounts

Home Improvements BELCAN Painting & Renos

Cleaning Services

Licensed, Insured, WCB Painting Ceramic tile, Flooring, Finishing Carpentry, Kitchen & Bath Reno’s Len 250-486-8800 15 years in business

INSIDE OUT Cleaning. Licensed bonded insured. Xmas. New Years Reliable. 250-490-5495

Natural Wood Flooring, various widths Rouck Bros. Lumby, BC 1-800-960-3388

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL DISTRESS? RELIEF IS ONLY A CALL AWAY! Call Anne Hamilton, Estate Administrator, 12 years experience, at 1-800-661-3661 today for appointment in Penticton to set up your FREE consultation. Jim Gilchrist CA, CIRP, KPMG Inc. Trustee in Bankruptcy, 300-1674 Bertram Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9G4.

Home Improvements

Home Improvements


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Home Improvements MB Home Improvements and Construction, well established renovation company, licensed, insured, WCB, residential and commercial, additions, kitchens, bathrooms, all flooring, drywall, painting, decks, finishing carpentry, custom cabinets and furniture to suite your individual needs, for your free estimate, call Mark, 250486-0767,, references available. RENO windows, manufactured direct installed only we pay the HST Ron 250-486-7085 Rob Hurren Carpentry, renovations big and small, kitchen and bath remodeling, doors trim work, finishing and more, professional design available, call Rob 250-809-7131

Moving & Storage FAMILY Movers. Moving? Anything, anywhere. Local and long distance throughout 2010 Packing service available, weekly trips to Vancouver, Alberta, full and partial loads. Cheapest rates in the valley. Free Estimates, 250-493-2687 National Moving & Storage Complete packing services available, Okanagan Valley, your moving specialist anything, anywhere. Coast to Coast. Free estimates

Painting & Decorating


Rubbish Removal

Penguin Mfg. 250-493-5706

Tree Services OK Tree Removers, bucket truck avail, no job too small. Free estimates 250-493-2687

Window Cleaning

Misc Services . Extra Aluminum Reinforcement . Marine vinyl . Custom fit to any tub . We will measure your tub & deliver at no charge

J. Floyd Ent. Ltd. Snow Removal Services, truck plow, quad/plow, man/shovel, fully licensed and insured, 250488-1410


MB Home Improvements Now has a painting division Expertly done, clean, reliable and timely Enquires & Estimates Ask for Nick 250-486-2359

. 3” high density foam


“JUNK REMOVAL” CHEAP, OKANAGAN 250-462-3715 PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump 250-770-0827

DIRTY WINDOWS ? Call 250-809-1851 Brighten Your Outlook

Feed & Hay First cut round $55 bale. Second cut round. $60bale. 600 lb bales. Alfalfa grass mix, some square bales avail. 250-8337785. HAY FOR SALE; Grass or Grass Alfalfa mix, Round bales $70 each, approx. 800lbs, delivery avail. on larger orders, also Silege bales or Feeder hay. 250-838-6630 *HAY-SALES-GUARANTEED Quality Grass, Alfalfa, Mixed square bales, round bales & Silage bales. Delivery avail. (250)804-6081,(250)833-6763.



Male Bichon pups, great disposition, litter trained, non shedding, micro chipped, 1st shots, $550. 250-832-4923 OLD WORLD Long Haired Shepherds and Belgian Puppies Ready At the end of January. Soft Beautiful Coats. Black, Black and Tan. Red or Brown Sables. Both Shots and Wormed. Health Records. Calm Easy Going Temperaments. Straight Backs with no Hip Issues. Meet the Parents and Grands. $500. For info 250-547-9763. Lots of references. Petmate medium dog crate, 21”H x 21” W x 28”L, secure & air-friendly, used once, $50, (250)809-7663 Purebred female Jack Russell pup, well socialized w/ beautiful color markings, will make great show or agility dog & great family pet. Ready to go Jan.4. $600.obo 250-3097230.

Appliances Apartment sized deep freeze, $100, medium sized deep freeze, $100, can deliver, 250-770-0827 Kenmore light almond dishwasher $50 & self cleaning range $100, 250-487-2251

Building Supplies FREE retaining wall blocks, approx 800sq.ft, must dismantle and remove from property. Call 250-718-8670 Unused Manufactured Buildings, 10-15 to choose from Various Sizes, Call to Reserve w w w. s u n wa r d s t e e l . c o m Source# 18X 888-898-3091

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Penticton Bargain Store 256 Westminister Ave W. Our stock includes: Teak dining room tables and chairs, china cabinets, Oak lockable sideboard and china cabinet, Ikea solid pine dinning room set with lockable sideboard, Antique dinning room set, computer work stations, single electric adjustable vibrating bed, bedroom dressers, futon’s, mirrors, framed paintings and prints, head and foot boards, loveseats, lamps, TV’s, stands, modern flat screen TV stand, entertainment centers, Ab exercise lounger, treadmill, exercise bike, housewares, Oak bars stools, wrought iron counter top bar chairs and many other items. New stock coming including more Ikea and Teak furniture items. We buy and sell furniture. Showroom open 10am-6pm, Phone 778-476-5919

Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL Shipping Containers/Bridges Super Sale On NowNew/Used/Damaged. BEST PRICES. 20’24’,40’,45’,48’,53’ Insulated Reefer Containers 20’40’48’53’ CHEAP 40’ Farmers Specials all under $2,200! Semi Trailers for hi way & storage. We are Overstocked, Delivery BC & AB 1-866-528-7108 Call 24 hours

Misc. for Sale HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 Petmate medium dog crate, 21”H x 21” W x 28”L, secure & air-friendly, used once, $50, (250)809-7663

Misc. Wanted I am a private collector and want to buy your old coin collection & accumulations. Todd, 250-864-3521

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada


Farm Equipment

Musical Instruments

Wanted to buy 8-10 foot field disc, call Vic at 250-493-6791


BAND and string instruments, music books, lessons & accessories. Skaha Sound, 51 Nanaimo Ave E 250-492-4710 Drum sets complete from $389, rent-to-own $29.95/mo. Skaha Sound. 250-492-4710 MUSIC LESSONS! Most instruments, voice, song-writing and recording. Parents and tots introduction to music. Penticton. 778-476-5917 MUSIC XMAS SALE. drums sets with cymbals, $399 Acoustic guitars from $69.99, amps from $49.99, guitar stands $8.49, keyboard stands $24.99, Xbox 360 systems from $99.99 Wii systems $99.99, Xbox & Wii games $8.99, blue rays $8.49 much much more Pawntraders & Music Sales 71 Nanaimo Ave

A1 Firewood. Full cords split & delivered. Pine $180, Larch $275, 250-770-0827 LODGEPOLE Pine. Split, dry, delivered. Ted 250-276-5415 or cell 250-486-7300

Get your curling equipment @ the Okanagan golf schools in Summerland,no need to drive to Kelowna.Call 250-494-8178


For Sale By Owner

DELUXE mattress, new still in plastic w/warranty, sell for $280. 250-488-4677 Medi-lift chair, never used, mint condition, $500, 250-4934216 NEW queen orthopedic pillowtop, mattress and box, still in plastic cost $1250. Must sell $350. King-size $595. Can deliver 250-488-4677

108 Mile Ranch home, w/3bdrm basement suite, total of 5bdrms, 3 1/2 baths,3 sundecks, all updated. $275,000. 1-250-791-6208.

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

Food Products SALE - 20 sides of BEEF, naturally grown, approx 250lbs sides, no additives, $2.49lbs cwf. 250-546-6494

Free Items Child’s wooden desk with builtin seat, needs painting, hamster cage with accessories, 250-535-0899 FREE retaining wall blocks, approx 800sq.ft, must dismantle and remove from property. Call 250-718-8670

Sporting Goods

Houses For Sale FREE HOUSE - 966 sqft home to be moved to new location. 250-328-2040

RENTALS Property Management

(250) 770-1948 101-3547 SKAHA LAKE RD.

Skaha Place 1 bedroom units with storage, fridge/stove, air conditioning, parking. Secure building ................... ..............................$600.00 incl water

Dec. 1 Alysen Pl. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, executive condo, f/s, w/d, d/w, f/p, built-in vac, large deck facing east, 2 sec. pkg stalls...$1300.00 incl. water

Kingsview Properties

FOR RENT • 250-493-7626 1 - BEDROOM 2 - BEDROOM $750 / Month $850 / Month Utilities Included

Utilities Included

Houses For Sale

Homes for Rent

******* Where smart sellers meet smart buyers! View Thompson Okanagan properties for sale.// Selling? No Commission. (250) 545-2383 or 1-877-291-7576 $262,000 Perfect starter home on family street, vacant 3bdrm, 1bth 990sqft home, new paint, laminate fl, 5appl., laundry & extra room in basement, wired workshop w/loft, not far to beach, close to schools, call Wendy, (250)809-8197

PENTICTON 4 bdrm Family Home Avail Jan 1/11 Near Transit & School $1400 + utilities NS NP Short Term Lease only 250-492-5264

Apt/Condo for Rent 1 & 2 bdrm, newly reno’d suites. Secured access, util incl, near hospital, bus route and close to all amenities, n/p, n/s 250-770-1331 1bdrm at Orchard House, downtown corner of Martin and Orchard, $750 (incl. util.), call Dennis at Realty Executives, (250)493-4372 Large 2bdrm apt. for rent. +40 bldg, $850 +util, ref’s req. 250-487-1136 LARGE 2bdrm, Penticton Ave., close to schools/transit, $875, call Dennis at Realty Executives, (250)493-4372 Newer 2bdrm, 2bath, 6-appl a/c heat incl,. $1500/mo u/g prkg corner unit 250-809-9955 Penticton, 1 & 2 bdrm apartment, $775-$895+util. in clean, quiet 50+, elevator, covered prkg & close to bus & DT ns, np, Avail. now, (250)490-9159 RENT LARGE 1 bdrm apt across from Skaha Lake $700 mo!! Terrific location with balcony facing Skaha Lake & park. Quiet & well maintained bldg. New fridge and stove. Central heating and in-unit air conditioning. Laundry room in building. Includes parking. Great bus service directly out front. N/S N/P. Call Michele at 250-391-9370. Avail Feb 1st

Commercial/ Industrial 2 MONTHS FREE RENT Commercial/whse/office spaces avail on Government St., Penticton,1024 sq ft., 250-493-9227

RENT-TO-OWN: 4 br Vernon homes from $1600/mo with $5k down, 4 br with lake view in Peachland, $10K down from $2000/mo 250-309-2565 Summerland. Upper level of house. 1350 sq.ft., 2 bdrms/baths plus ensuite. Large open floor plan, large covered deck, 6 appl. NS. Small pets considered. Rent negotiable. Avail. immed. Phone 250-494-8617




The link to your community

Motels,Hotels LARGE 1bdrm suites & bachelor suites, available for rental from Sept. 15-May 2011 Fully furnished, utilities/cable included, quiet location, near Mall and bus route. Call Valley Star Motel 250-492-7205 MOTEL SUITES and RV park $400 up. located at Holiday House Motel Penticton and Pleasantview Motel & RV park Summerland. 250-487-0268

Recreation Ski in/out Silver Star luxury chalet, sleeps 10, hot tub. Special nightly rate $299. Min 3 nights. Jan-March availabitlity.

Seasonal Acommodation Ski in/out Silver Star suite, sleeps 8, hot tub, special $199 night. 3 nights min.

800sqft shop, overhead door, good exposure, office, washroom, & also 1200sq.ft shop 250-809-0728, 250-492-8324 APPLE Plaza 770sq.ft, suited for food related retail business. Call Barbara 250-492-6319

Private bdrm semi-pri bth, quiet person, $400-$500, everything incl., 250-492-2543

Shared Accommodation

Duplex / 4 Plex

Suites, Lower

3BDRM duplex, 5-appl, fenced yard, n/p, n/s, Columbia area $1175, 250-493-1201 4bdrm, 3ba duplex, Roy Ave, near Cherry Lane, 6appl., deck, yard, garage, avail. Feb. 15, $1400, call Dennis at Realty Executives, (250)493-4372 Bright upper 3bdrm duplex in great neighborhood near Parkway school, 5-appl, n/s inside, sm pet-neg. $1150+util 250490-8888 Deluxe 2bdrm, near downtown, Ok lake view, new laminate flooring, fresh paint, covered parking, 5appl., gas fp, ac, ns, np, $950/mo.+util., avail. immed., 250-493-5161

1bdrm basement suite, fully furnished, newer home in Westbench, seperate laundry, ns, np, $800 (incl. util.), avail. Jan. 15, 250-493-3063 1 bdrm suite in newly reno’d home, in uplands area. Semi furn. or unfurnished. Minutes to downtown Penticton and Okanagan Lake. W/D, F/S, internet and util. included. $750 per mo. +1/2 DD. Call: 778476-1246 or cell 250-4870971. Feb. 1. Ref’s req. Penticton, 2bdrm, ns, no pets, all util./cable incl. a/c, $750/mo. (250)864-5780

Homes for Rent

298-296 Maple St. townhouse Penticton. 3-4 bdrm, 2.5 bath, w/basement, garage, Rent starts at $1100. Call 250-4901700 250-486-3791 3BDRM, 2bath f/s, w/d, dw, close to school, transit & stores. Call Dennis @ Realty Executives 250-499-5996

KALEDEN 2 bedroom house, carport, covered deck, privacy with view of lake on 5 acre orchard. $1,050/month. Available immediately Phone 250-497-8039 LG 4 BDRM home. Rec room w/ wet bar. Fenced back yard. $1400/mo Call 250-486-3111 NARAMATA 3 BR 3 BA, 2 levels, 5 appl, carport, near KVR, bus route. NS, pets neg. Ref required. $1400/mo + utilities. 604-894-6798 Olalla Spacious Home, Bright 3bdrm, 1.5ba, f/room with skylights, w/d, f/s, dw, workshop. pet neg., $900/m. No Smoking. Ref.’s req., 250-499-5700.

Homes for Rent ★ AFFORDABLE ★ ★ Free list with pics of ★ Rancher style homes. Free recorded message. ★ 1-888-267-4599 ID#3040 ★ Gil Szabo & Associates ★ Coldwell Banker Okanagan Realty ★


Auto Accessories/Parts Used Tires, Huge Selection of used tires ands wheels in stock. We might have what you need. Prices vary according to size and quality. Starting at $25.00. Call us or drop in to Larsens Excel 555 Okanagan Ave East 250-492-5630 Penticton

Homes for Rent

FIXER UPPER Free List with pics. Bargains, lowest prices. These homes need work. Free recorded message.

1-888-267-4599 ID#3048 Gil Szabo & Associates

Coldwell Banker Okanagan Realty



Auto Financing


Scrap Car Removal SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $3.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

Auro Financing 1.800.910.6402

UNWANTED or scrap vehicles removed. No vehicle or metal too big. Free used appliance and metal drop site. 1-250540-4815 Penticton & area

Snowmobiles 1998 700 xcr. $1850 obo Exc Running cond. White in colour. Ph. 250-541-0789 lv. mess.

1ST Class Mystique Escorts. Gorgeous Ladies & Men of all ages to suit every need. 24/7 out calls. Quick arrival time reasonable rates. 860-6778 (Kelowna), (250) 558-5500 (Vernon). NOW HIRING. CLOVER, 34B-26-30 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;4â&#x20AC;?, 120lbs, long hair, green eyes, very attractive. Tight, toned, tanned. From mild to wild 24-7. Trained in massage in/out Apex Penticton area, 250-462-3510 Donna - Independent 250-462-7262

Sport Utility Vehicle 1993 Nissan PathďŹ nder XE 4x4, 3.0L, auto, fully loaded, heated leather seats & sunroof. $1400obo 250-809-2203 1999 Expedition XLT, loaded, tow pkg. great cond. winterized, $10,500. 250-308-6574

Need A Vehicle Guaranteed Auto Loan www.UapplyUdrive.CA or call 1.877.680.1231

Trucks & Vans 1992 Ford 4x4, diesel, new transmission & clutch, $4000, 250-809-1398, 250-496-4192 2003 GMC Sierra Truck, 178,000kms, $8500 obo, 250809-1398, 250-496-4192

Sexxxy & Sweet. Busty, Beautiful Treat, Asian Mix Princess, 26. 250-859-9584

Remember to Recycle!


Cars - Domestic 1993 Dodge Spirit, 4-cyl, a/c, no rust, runs good, $1500.obo. (250)260-1858, 250-550-0458 1995 Toyota Tercel, 2dr, 4cyl, 4spd, new clutch, new exhaust $700, (250)488-6785

Cars - Sports & Imports 1991 Mitsubishi Pjero, 7 passenger, diesel, turbo, right hand drive, $8000, 250-8091398, 250-496-4192 2001 Volkswagon Passat GLX 4motion wagon. 165,000km fully loaded, summers & winters on rims. Exc family car. $8800. 250-558-9969 2002 Volvo S60 T5, fully loaded, 150kms, 300hp intake exhaust, custom brakes, winter & summer tires & rims, $11,000 obo. 250-938-2868

RE: THE ESTATE OF GLORIA VICTORIA DUNCAN, also known as GLORIA DUNCAN, late of 201 580 Yates Road, Kelowna, B.C. who died on September 11, 2010 (the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Estateâ&#x20AC;?) Creditors and others having claims against the Estate are hereby notiďŹ ed under Section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims are required to be sent to the Executor of the Estate at 101-123 Martin Street, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 7X6, on or before January 21, 2011, after which date the Estate assets will be distributed having regard only to claims of which the Executor then has notice. Executor: SUSAN BETH STEELE


Solicitor: BERNICE GREIG Gilchrist & Company 101-123 Martin Street Penticton, B.C V2A 7X6 Telephone (250) 492-3033

Scrap Car Removal


AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Min $40 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 250-899-0460 SCRAP Vehicle Removal. Will pay upto $80, depending on type of vehicle. 250-801-4199

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Legal Notices

Legal Notices


With a little extra effort, recycling saves a lot! One ton of recycled paper saves up to 17 trees. Recycling paper, plastic and metal saves tons of garbage from being put into local landfills. These are just a few of the many reasons to recycle and use recycled products. By cutting down on waste and using more eco-friendly products, we can keep our area and our planet a healthy, beautiful place to live.

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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Invitation to Applicants Interested in Serving as a Member Of the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission in Electoral Area D Applications are being sought for two individuals interested in being one of nine (9) members needed to serve a two-year term of office on the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission. The Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission is a volunteer advisory body established by ordinance. The Commission consults with and makes recommendations to the Area Director regarding the Parks and Recreation Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policies for the planning, development and use of the communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parks and recreation facilities. Working in partnership with the community, the Commission provides the leadership to assure that the community receives quality recreational facilities and services. The Commission is responsible for the maintenance and beautification of its parks, for ensuring the preservation of these sites, and for the development and running of quality recreation programs. Commission members are required to attend monthly meetings and to serve on standing committees. Time commitment is approximately eight (8) hours per month. In order to be eligible to serve on the Commission, an individual must be a resident or own real property within the Local Service Area which includes Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates and Heritage Hills. Copies of the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission Establishment Bylaw 2253, 2004, are available from the RDOS at 250.490.4215; or alternatively at Any person interested in serving on the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission can apply by submitting their name and a brief resume by mail fax or email to: Mark Woods Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Fax: 250.492.0063 E-mail: The deadline for applications to be received is 4:00 p.m. on Jan 14, 2011. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those appointed to the Commission will be notified.


NOW AT YOUR BC CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada. */â&#x20AC; /â&#x2030; /â&#x2C6;&#x17E;/#/x/WWOffers apply to the purchase of a 2011 Silverado Crew 4WD (R7D), 2010 Malibu LS (R7A), 2011 Equinox LS FWD (R7B) and 2010 Traverse LS FWD (R7B) equipped as described. Freight included ($1,450/$1,350). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers valid to January 17, 2011. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in BC Chevrolet Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order (2011MY only) or trade may be required. Limited quantities of 2010 models available. GMCL, Ally Credit or TD Financing Services may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See Chevrolet dealer for details. â&#x20AC; $8,500/$11,500 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit, which includes up to $1,000 Holiday Bonus, available on 2011 Silverado 1500/2010 Silverado HD 2500 (tax exclusive) for retail customers only. Other cash credits, including Holiday Bonus, available on most models. $1,500/$1,000 Holiday Bonus available on 2010/2011 models. â&#x2030; 0% purchase financing offered by GMCL/TD Financing Services/Ally Credit, OAC, with deferral period offered by GMCL. Down payment or trade may be required. Monthly payment will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, monthly payment is $128.21for 72 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000. Interest applies for entire financing term and accrues on unpaid amounts during deferral period. Financing term includes 2 month extension when financing through TDFS. Rates from other lenders will vary. Offer not valid on Smart Purchase and Variable Rate Financing. â&#x2C6;&#x17E;Variable rate financing for 84 months on 2011 Silverado/2011 Equinox/2010 Traverse on approved credit. Bi-weekly payment and variable rate shown based on current TD Finance prime rate and is subject to fluctuation; actual payment amounts will vary with rate fluctuations. Example: $10,000 at 3% for 84 months, the monthly payment is $132. Cost of borrowing is $1,099, total obligation is $11,099. Down payment and/or trade may be required. Monthly payments and cost of borrowing will also vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Biweekly payments based on a purchase price of $28,998/$25,498/$30,598 with $2,849/$1,199/$1,399 down on Silverado/Equinox/Traverse, equipped as described. #$1,000 is a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive. Example: $10,000 purchase price, after tax price is $11,200 ($10,000 plus $1,200 applicable taxes). After applying $1,000 credit, after tax price is $10,200 ($885 reduced purchase price plus $115 applicable taxes), with the $1,000 credit being the $885 reduction from the purchase price and the $115 reduction in taxes which would have otherwise been payable on the full purchase price. $1,000 credit available to current owners a Buick/Cadillac/Chevrolet/GMC vehicle registered and insured (in Canada) in their name for the previous consecutive six months and who are not eligible for the Discontinued Brand Owner Loyalty, Van Owner Loyalty, or Lease Bucks programs. Credit may be applied towards the purchase/finance of an eligible new 2010/2011 Chevrolet vehicle, delivered before December 30th, 2010. Ineligible Chevrolet vehicles: Aveo, Cobalt, Cruze. Offer is transferable to a family member living within same household (proof of address required). Dealer may request documentation and contact GM to verify eligibility. Offer may not be redeemed for cash or combined with certain other consumer incentives. â&#x2014;&#x160;U.S. Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (NHTSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). For more information on safety ratings, go to W/^Based on Natural Resources Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 Fuel Consumption Guide ratings. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. â&#x201A;Ź2011 Chevrolet Equinox FWD equipped with standard 2.4L ECOTEC I-4 engine, Traverse FWD with standard 3.6L engine. Fuel consumption ratings based on GM testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Competitive fuel ratings based on Natural Resources Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 Fuel Consumption Guide. ÂĽDependability based on longevity, as sourced from R. L. Polk Canada, Inc.; Canadian Vehicle in Operation registrations as of July 1, 2009 (Model Years 1988 to 2008) and Total New Vehicle Registrations for the full-size light-duty pickup truck segment, including chassis cabs. Based on % of vehicles remaining in operation, weighted on age of vehicle. xSmart Purchaseâ&#x201E;˘ financing is available on approved credit through Ally Credit. Eligible vehicles: 2010/2011 MY new or demonstrator Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac. Payments amortized over a term of up to 84 months. At months 47-49 or 59-61 customer may: (i) exercise option to return vehicle for sale to Ally Credit if applicable conditions met, including payment of $199 disposal fee and any excess wear/km charges; (ii) continue at initial payment amount for remainder of term; or (iii) trade-in vehicle to dealer. This offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles, including deferred payment offers. WWTo qualify for GMCLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cash For Clunkers incentive, you must: (1) receive Government confirmation of vehicle eligibility under the Retire Your Ride (â&#x20AC;&#x153;RYRâ&#x20AC;?) Program, supported by The Government of Canada, and turn in a 1995 or older MY vehicle that is in running condition and has been registered and properly insured in your name for the last 6 months; (2) turn in a 1995 or older MY vehicle that is in running condition and has been registered and properly insured under (i) a small business name for the last 6 months or (ii) your name for the last 6 months in B.C.; or (3) turn in a 1996 through 2003 MY vehicle that is in running condition and has been registered and properly insured in your name for the last 6 months. GMCL will provide eligible consumers with a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive) to be used towards the purchase/finance/lease of a new eligible 2010 or 2011 MY Buick/Chevrolet/ GMC/Cadillac vehicle delivered between October 1 and December 30, 2010. Ineligible Chevrolet vehicles: Aveo, 2010 Cobalt, Cruze and Medium Duty trucks. Incentive ranges from $750 to $3,000, depending on model purchased. Incentive may not be combined with certain other offers. By participating in the Cash For Clunkers program you will not be eligible for any trade-in value for your vehicle. See your participating GMdealer for additional program conditions and details. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate program in whole or in part at any time without notice. If you successfully complete the RYR Program, you will be eligible for a $300 cash incentive from the Canadian Government. 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