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ALL SYSTEMS GO — Derek Funk took advantage of the milder weather to get some practise in on his remotecontrolled helicopter on the lawn of the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre this week. The equipment attached to the bottom of the machine is designed to prevent hard landings for people who are still developing their skills.

City adding festivals to summer lineup BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

Penticton residents and visitors will likely be getting two new community events to add to their summer schedules. City council unanimously approved proposals Monday evening to bring an outdoor concert and a sport entertainment festival to the municipality. The Summer Kick Off concert will take place on June 19 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Gyro Park. According to event promoters Fresh Entertainment Services, the family-orientated concert will feature Okanagan preforming artists: Andrew Allen, Windborn and Tiana Monaghan. Fresh Entertainment said they expect between 750 to 1,500 people to attend the con-

cert. Food and merchandise will be sold at the ticketed show but not alcohol. There is, however, a beer garden planned for Wet Ape Productions’ Driftwood Festival July 23 and 24 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Skaha Beach. A sporting event that will feature over 500 athletes competing in four sports: beach volleyball, beach soccer, street hockey and basketball, the festival will include a village of vendors with food, sponsor tents, art exhibitions, retail booths and interactive games. The beer garden, said Wet Ape, will host a combination of DJs, live bands, swimwear competitions and fashion shows for $5 to $10. Well known for organizing the Centre of Gravity event in Kelowna, Wet Ape owner and operator Scott Emslie said all entertainment at the festival will be tasteful and appropriate for

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extra space for attendees to park their vehicles, perhaps at the old water-slide site. “We could have a shuttle running at peak times from Skaha Beach to the downtown,” he said. “It is something we would definitely be willing to look at, and cover the costs if we decided that was required.” Emslie received verbal support from much of council. “I think it is an awesome opportunity to re-engage and reignite youth and the young at heart back to the city of Penticton,” said Coun. Andrew Jakubeit. The city will receive just over $1,700 in rental fees for the concert and about $8,400 for the Driftwood Festival. Emslie said he will also cover the costs of any additional RCMP officers required to be shifted as a result of his event.

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News Triathlete’s condition improving KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

For professional triathlete Janelle Morrison the difference of 10 minutes could have meant a very different life. It wasn’t time lost in transition or catching a headwind on the bike, but the 10 minutes of leeway being stuck inside her vehicle after a head-on accident near Revelstoke just two months ago that meant the difference of keeping her leg. Last Saturday during a spin-a-thon fundraiser Morrison found out just exactly how close that life-changing moment was. “They told me I was in the car for three-and-a-half hours and I couldn’t get out because my feet were jammed next to the console. They actually had the tools ready to amputate my leg to get me out,” said Morrison, who was told this story by a family in town by coincidence for a hockey tournament that had been the first to arrive on the scene of the accident. “It was 10 minutes and they were going to have to amputate me because my vitals were dropping so badly and they had run out of fluids. It was life over limb.” Rescuers arrived before that took place, using the jaws of life to pull her out. The athlete was rushed to Kamloops hospital where

she underwent several surgeries to move her diaphragm and stomach out of her chest, repair her femur, tibia and Morrison arm. On Tuesday she was waiting for a second set of X-rays to give her the green light to move from a wheelchair to crutches. Doctors said it was her high level of fitness that helped her survive. Friends said it is her will and determination. Morrison said it is the support she has received from around the world that has helped her, including the first words she read after awakening from intubation. During a chance encounter with Olympic athlete Silken Laumann in the Vancouver airport on their way to Kamloops to see their daughter for the first time since the accident, Morrison’s mom explained her daughter’s story. Laumann is most known for overcoming her own devastating accident only 10 weeks before the 1992 Olympics only to come back and win a bronze medal in rowing. The Olympic rower returned to Morrison’s mom later with a card. In it she wrote there are three things that will help Morrison

through recovery, including the power of a dream. For Morrison that includes continuing to be a professional triathlete. “I really do have a dream and always have a dream. It is kind of something that doesn’t die easily. And secondly (Laumann) said the will to make the dream happen, and I have a really strong will. I am pretty determined so that comes into play. She also said the belief that your dream can come true and I do believe it,” said Morrison. “I have a lofty goal and a long road, but I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t think it was possible.” Morrison said ties have grown stronger with family, friends and especially with her sponsor TriCommitment who have also stuck by her. “I want to thank absolutely everyone in the community of Penticton to begin with and around the world too. I’m completely overwhelmed and I want people to know the impact it makes on my recovery process to have people that believe in my recovery as much as I do,” said Morrison. Saturday’s fundraiser brought in about $7,000, which Morrison is giving a portion to KidSport. An online auction continues through the week at www.tricommitment. com, where bids are being accepted on items from high-profile athletes.

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Council pushes to extend pool deadline BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

It is better to be safe than sorry. Although by all reports renovations at the Penticton Community Centre are still on schedule, city council voted unanimously last week to apply to extend the March 31 deadline for substantial completion of the project to Oct. 31. Approval will give the city and its construction team some welcome breathing room when it comes to laying the asphalt around the building, as missing the deadline would make the city ineligible to receive portions of the $15.5 million infrastructure stimulus grants awarded it by the provincial and federal governments. The opportunity to apply for the one-time extension was announced by the two senior governments late last year, according to recreation manager Dave Lieskovsky. “Currently, the entire community centre pool project is on track to be completed by March 31,” explained Lieskovsky. “However, one challenge to the schedule is that the provider of the construction project requires asphalt surfacing.” Asphalt, however, is a seasonal product, Lieskovsky said, with the opening date of the two local asphalt plants dependent on the weather. “So because the federal government offered us this extension, we thought just in case we have an unfortunate spring and the asphalt plant doesn’t open up until April, rather than late March, we will take them up on their offer,” he said. “We are only doing this as a precautionary measure in case there is a postponement of the asphalt plant opening.” Lieskovsky said beyond asphalt, the city would not be able to use the potential extension on other areas of the project because the extension announcement came after much of the construction, which required expensive double-shifting to stay on schedule, had already been done. It also came after the city had already signed contract agreements for the rest of the work. “We had shifts going in the morning and right through to midnight every night in parts of September and all of October to ensure that we were staying within the very absolutely tight timeline,” said Lieskovsky. “So the money was already spent on any double shifting that had to be done by the time the announcement was made. “The rest of our contracts with all of the subs, the construc-

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PENTICTON RECREATION MANAGER Dave Lieskovsky checks his notes during an inspection of the inside of the community centre pool aquatic facility this week. Council voted recently to apply for a deadline extension for the project.

tion manager and everybody else on site, all of our contracts and all of our synchronization, is already signed off on the timeline that ends at the end of March. So if we decided let’s relax everything into April, May and June, it is actually going to cost us more money because we have a construction manager on site that is paid up to the end of March, and if he is going to have to be on-site past that, then we have to pay more.” Lieskovsky said that as the project stands now, the centre looks excellent. “I think I can confidently say for those people who are

familiar with the old building, they are going to walk into the new building and they will be extremely impressed with the transformation. It will be a dramatic change from what people are used to,” he said. “If you are length swimmer, the 10-lane pool is absolutely beautiful. If you are playful and you have a family, the leisure pool is exceptional. It is really a family affair. And if you are a fitness buff, the panoramic views from the second floor, with all the glazing, is really impressive. “People will have a lot of fun with it.”

Community rallies support for Penticton teen MARK BRETT Western News Staff

Struggling with the debilitating conditions brought on by Lyme disease, John Pierce has his good days and bad days. Last Sunday was a very good day. In fact, so many people crowded the South Okanagan Events Centre ice surface for the fundraiser for the 16-year-old, organizers at one point had to close the gates to skaters. When the ice crystals finally cleared and donations tallied, the Penticton Secondary School leadership team chalked up a figure of over $3,000. “This is beyond our wildest expectations,” said an overjoyed Pen High viceprincipal Sandra Richardson as she watched a steady stream of people entering the SOEC. “This is an incredible community that cares about its young people. We were hoping a lot of people would show up, but this many ... it’s over the top. “Our intent, more than the money, was to show John that even though he can’t attend school right now we haven’t forgotten about him and that we support and care about him — that he is a Laker.” The disease, which brings with it loss of balance, central and peripheral nervous system disorders as well as extreme fatigue, has made it difficult for him to attend school, which he has been unable to do since September.

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JOHN PIERCE watches as hundreds of skaters circle the ice surface at the South Okanagan Events Centre Sunday. Organized by the leadership students at Penticton Secondary School, the event was held to raise funds to help the family of the teen who is currently battling Lyme disease.

His symptoms began in 2008 when he was bitten by a tick. After a brief “protocol” treatment in B.C. which had no impact, he was referred to a doctor in Washington state where he now travels on a regular basis.

Despite the fact John is showing promising results, provincial medical does not cover the costs and the family must fund treatment on their own. Sunday’s event — a surprise for John —

was just one of a series of ongoing fundraisers that has included donations from Cops for Kids, his former elementary school École Entre Lacs and others. “It’s just an unbelievable feeling that so many people care,” said John, who was standing just off ice. “To see so many lifelong friends coming together to help, and even more incredible the number of people I don’t even know who have come out to support me.” His mother Cathy who was standing nearby was also still struggling to contain her emotions about the efforts of so many concerned area residents. “Knowing that we have all this support makes it so much less scary,” she said. “To see this puts me in tears. We can do this, we can do this. “It helps John on many levels. It helps pay for his treatment, it picks up his spirits knowing that people care. I’ve definitely seen a difference in him just today — he’s smiling.” Erica McDowell, her two children and their friend were among the hundreds who showed up at the SOEC for the very worthy cause. “It’s scary because you realize it could happen to any one of our children,” she said. “We want to help them (Pierce family) out because they’ve been through a lot over the last several years and I want my kids to know that any little bit we can do is important.”


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LIBERAL LEADERSHIP hopeful George Abbott speaks about his platform during a visit to Penticton last week.

merce, regional district boards, health and school board folks and the First Nations.” Abbott said he would utilize web tools including contemporary social media, like Twitter and Facebook, to inform and consult with the public and to reach out to young voters who are not currently participating in the democratic process. The Shuswap MLA since 1996 said he would also look to strengthen the input of Liberal backbenchers. “Too often I have seen

cabinet ministers come to caucus and say, ‘I am going to be introducing this legislation in an hour or two in the legislature,’ with caucus members not fully understanding what was occurring with that bill,” he explained. “I want to see caucus members involved when we are still at the conceptual stage of building a bill.” Abbott said the introduction of the HST is the most dramatic example of why the BC Liberals need to change the manner in which they lead

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the province. “We incurred the anger of the public, and rightfully so, the way that we did it,” he said. “The big mistake that we made in May and June of 2009 was not sharing the remarkably difficult financial situation that we faced as the government. “Basically, we could have raised taxes; we could have had a bigger deficit; we could have cut services more than we did; or we could have considered this instrument called the HST, of which a lot of people did not know a lot about but which came with $1.6 billion in federal transfers.” Abbott believes the still unpopular HST is good public policy. He asserted that by moving the referendum up to June it would increase the likelihood of participation in the process, along with a chance to change voters’ minds, and attain a more timely decision. The provincial election, he argued, should still be in 2013. Abbott said he would be a good premier for the South Okanagan because having grown up in Sicamous and lived in the Shuswap, he understands the area. “I know the resource opportunities well here and that is what I plan to emphasize in government,” he said. “It is the traditional source opportunities like forestry, mines and hydro electric, but also agriculture and tourism, which I think are important resource industries for this province. And that is where I want to put our focus as a government by building upon those kinds of opportunities and helping our farmers.” Abbott is competing against former ministers Kevin Falcon, Christy Clark, Mike de Jong and Moira Stilwell, as well as Parksville mayor Ed Mayne. For a complete transcript of the George Abbott interview — including comments regarding: politics, the HST, the deficit, the BC Rail trial and its defence lawyer payouts, merit pay for teachers, cannabis laws and more — visit: pentictonwesternnews.com.


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Warmer weather throughout the Okanagan brought a record-breaking day for many cities Monday, including Penticton. While not quite shorts weather, a high of 13.2C broke Penticton’s old record of 12.2C dating back to 1944. The highest gain was in Summerland where a temperature of 12.7 C on Monday beat their old record of 5.8 C from 2000. Even with the records, Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist said La Nina has brought pretty much what they predicted back in the fall — average temperatures for the winter. “It has been pretty consistent of what La Nina should look like with wetter than normal and closer to normal temperatures. Things will be mild into next week,” said Lundquist. La Nina is usually seen as a wetter period and a few degrees cooler than normal, however, a number of variables affect that. “Yes, during La Nina we normally do have colder winters by one or two degrees, but since 1980 climate warming has cancelled those two out. It is not always the nightmare situation of cold when we talk about La Nina. Winter temperatures are closer to normal and the snow we get should make for higher precipitation than normal. Winter is only half over, but right now it is pretty close to what we have expected,” said Lundquist. Over a normal 90-day period, Lundquist said we get about 70 millimetres of precipitation, while we currently sit at about 90 mm with the temperatures in Penticton hovering just above normal. He said the one-off record in Penticton on Monday happens every once and awhile, and we should expect mild temperatures until the end of the week.

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t wasn’t just Buddy Tavares who was left injured as a result of a vicious-looking kick to the face by a Kelowna RCMP officer earlier this month. The force, stung by a series of questionable actions by its officers in recent years, has once again received a black eye from one of its own. The kick, delivered by Const. Geoff Mantler, a three-year veteran of the force and captured on video by a local reporter, resulted in the swift announcement of both criminal and internal investigations by his commanding officer. The criminal investigation is being conducted by Abbotsford Police Department, which has already recommended a charge of assault causing bodily harm. The fact Mantler kicked Tavares is not in question. That is plain to see in the video. The question is why. Did Mantler just lose it? Did he feel threatened? Did he feel Tavares was not responding? Was something lacking in his training? No matter what the answer is, the kick was, in the words of his boss, Supt. Bill McKinnon “shocking” and “disappointing.” It was more than that. It was unacceptable behaviour from someone charged with enforcing the law. Police officers need to keep their emotions in check on the job. They are held to a higher standard because of the position they hold in society. We give them special powers to enforce the law, we equip them with loaded guns to use if needed and we trust they will act with integrity. And the majority of police do just that. They chose to take on a tough job and, in most cases, they do it well. But there are exceptions. In Canada, we pride ourselves on the fact that this is not a police state. We have rules and they are followed, both by the police and the public. But when we lose confidence in that, we lose a lot.

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Recall descends into ugly farce T

he rough beast of recall has slouched into Kamloops and Comox, carrying with it the rank smell of the failing effort in Oak Bay. Next up in this venomous venture is Vernon, starting on March 15, Fight HST maestro Bill Vander Zalm vowed in a swing through the unlucky North Okanagan city last week. “More canvassers are signing up in Oak Bay-Gordon Head to help put recall over the top there,” Vander Zalm bragged in a news release describing a standing-roomonly crowd in Vernon. “We had a terrific meeting in a snowy Kamloops last night with 45 canvassers to kick off that campaign, and now this! It’s faaaaantastic!” This is a change to Vander Zalm’s tune on the bid to muscle out Science and Universities Minister Ida Chong. The previous week he posted an open letter to supporters pleading for money and volunteers, while conceding that the cherry-picked swing constituency in suburban Victoria was still less than halfway to its goal with time running out. Former Social Credit attorney general Brian Smith and former NDP

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premier Dan Miller both spoke out to denounce this anti-tax recall as inappropriate. Smith told me about Oak Bay residents being approached repeatedly after refusing to sign the Chong petition. He called it “abuse.” But apparently Chong’s central message is getting through: getting rid of her won’t get rid of the harmonized sales tax. In Kamloops-North Thompson, where MLA Terry Lake is the strategic swing-riding target, the NDP-affiliated organizer told Kamloops This Week he was concerned about recall canvassers being diverted to work on NDP leadership campaigns. Nope, nothing partisan there. As the U.S. pondered the role of angry, threatening rhet-

oric in politics, B.C.’s acting chief electoral officer Craig James was invited on CKNW radio to describe the hate mail he received after rejecting the first version of the Oak BayGordon Head petition for having too many words. (This delayed it for all of a week.) There were hundreds of e-mails to this mild-mannered legislature clerk, urged on by a typical screed sent out by Fight HST demanding his resignation. One of the milder missives wished James a slow death from cancer. More serious threats and death wishes prompted police to provide security to his home and the Elections BC office. Fight HST ringmaster Chris Delaney, along with the NDP-affiliated recall organizer for Oak Bay, downplayed this. Delaney suggested the timing was suspicious, as per his earlier baseless attacks on James’ impartiality. Vander Zalm also muttered about the government working with James and unspecified elements of the “Big Corporate Media” to scuttle the recall. This is the latest vision to emerge from the Fight HST clown car of conspiracy theories. Previous scenarios featured Canada being taken over

by the European Union, and the shopworn plot to impose world government in the name of global warming. Delaney continues his frantic efforts to launch the B.C. First Party, which is coincidentally being developed in tandem with the recall campaign. In his role as B.C. First “spokesman,” Delaney recently cranked out a new conspiracy. The BC Liberals are forcing BC Hydro to undertake expensive repairs to dams and transmission facilities, not to expand or prevent further blackouts in downtown Vancouver, but to make BC Hydro go broke. Then they’re going to sell it off to General Electric. This is a variation on a loopy theory advanced by Rafe Mair, wherein Gordon Campbell plots to dam the Fraser River and then sell Hydro off to GE. NDP leadership candidates would be wise to follow Miller’s lead and distance themselves from this increasingly toxic exercise. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com. tfletcher@blackpress.ca


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Who’s policing the police? What is a police officer’s role? It can be many things. It can be in a community liaison capacity; a traffic control officer; involved with criminal investigation; part of a team tactical squad; drug and customs issues and a host of others. Truly a multi-foliate occupation, most people would agree and not an occupation for everyone. In the performance of their assigned duties, they are subject to the laws of the land as are we, the local citizenry. These individuals have taken an oath to enforce the laws of the land as stated by their motto: “Maintiens le Droit or Maintain the Right!� For the most part, the RCMP law enforcement officers do that and do it quite well. There are some who seem to experience situations outside of the law, to some degree. When these transgressions happen there is usually a statement issued regarding individuals involved. This is as it should be, as it would be for anyone else. If we were to look at transgressions of professional athletes, we would find such things as boards of governors or owners, league officials and neutral boards of inquiry not involved in sports as such, and not players or coaches unless called for. Unlike a public inquiry, most police-on-police investigations are closed-shop investigations with outcomes given later. In the last two or three years, there have been numerous infractions/transgressions on the part of some RCMP officers. After investigations by other police agencies, many of these issues were less than satisfactory in outcome. In a given situation, in all probability, ordinary citizens would face far more severe consequences than

Party discipline to blame

Re: The year of the independent MLA (B.C. Views, Dec. 29.) Tom Fletcher’s column gives an accurate perspective on our current state of politics. Taxpayer revolt, MLA recalls, revolts in party ranks, both leaders driven from office — all happening around the same time — may be signalling a fracture in the basement our politics. When you step back and trace back the prime cause of all these events, it all comes down to one common denominator: the inordinate concentration of power in a few people, and the abuse of it. Those few who hold power in our system do so by the imposition of ‘party discipline’ on elected members, and with this device they control the political system completely. Party discipline is not a law, but a convention, as are most things in the Westminster parliamentary system; in fact it is not written anywhere. However, revolts have been inevitable throughout time because this doctrine when abused clashes with all that is inherent in natural human behaviour. It usurps the authentic self and individual identity of the elected members and subjugates them to the sole purpose of subservience to the party leaders. The voting public feel they are left without fair representation in important decisions that affect them. There have always eventually been revolts against this square-peg-in-around-hole control strategy when it has been used badly, just as what is occurring now. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms section 2(b) guarantees the right of everyone to have their own opinion, beliefs, thoughts and the free expression thereof. Section 32(b) states these rights apply specifically to provincial legislatures. These provisions in law are abridged when anyone is subject

some of these officers who were investigated “by their own�, if you will. Why is this? It is simply because it is the way that was chosen. Are these officers above the law? No, certainly not. Yet, they seem to fare much better, for the most part, than “Joe Citizen� who may have done something far less serious and yet suffers a harsher fate than many officers do. When a police officer is accused of misconduct, another police force is called in to investigate, the goal being to take the probe away from those too close to the officer in question. When a police officer is accused of breaching public trust by breaking the law, it is a serious allegation that requires serious thought. However, this latest accusation against an RCMP officer is far more fact that allegation, it seems. It begs the question be asked that: How does this outcome bear up under “Maintiens le Droit?� The simple answer is that it doesn’t bear up. Police investigating police seems to be the order of the day. AttorneyGeneral Mike De Jong has stated that there should be an independent investigation component by summer 2011. Ontario and Alberta have had these independent investigative units for a while now. B.C. is dragging its heels, again. Gordon Campbell always referred to this province as a being progressive, being a leader and being fair to all. Northern Alberta ocean front land for sale, anybody interested? Ron Barillaro Penticton

to censure or punishment for exercising these rights, which is exactly what party discipline does. In the cases of MLAs Bill Bennett and Bob Simpson, the law was broken because both of these men spoke according to their Charter rights and suffered censure and punishment for doing so. The Charter has provisions for court remedy in cases of contravention, so these men could take legal action against their former parties. Roy Roope Summerland

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Tower Apartments — what a wonderful addition to Penticton’s ongoing problem of finding affordable housing for the disabled and less fortunate. Located on the southwest corner of Winnipeg and Wade avenues, the former old-folks home now provides a home for those of us who wish to have some independence in our lives. With the help of the SSH Program I have been able to live on my own even though I am severely handicapped and can no longer remain in the workforce. However, with the very reasonable cost at the Tower Apartments, I have found a home for myself. The cleaning staff do an excellent job of maintaining the building both in and out of our suites. We have one good meal at lunch and I cannot praise the kitchen staff enough. They are all very friendly and provide us with goodtasting, nutritious food served hot and on time. Recently I spoke to a new resident and he too was very happy with the programs at the Tower Apartments. To those residents who are complaining about the services provided, I say, please leave and see if you can do better on your own. I can’t. Patrick Sajna Penticton

Parties need reality check

Reality–challenged whiny Liberals and socialists are always offended and attempting to tear away at bastions of reality. We don’t need Supreme Court judges to be bilingual. We need them to be blessed with the proper interpretation of the Criminal Code. We don’t need a change in the Constitution over gender identity. We don’t need to pardon convicted criminals. They committed criminal acts. Pardons should be reserved for those who pass gas. We don’t need to open our arms to illegals, refugees or whomever arrive on our shores through illegal channels. Be afraid folks; be very afraid of political parties who want to enlarge our nanny state. Paul Crossley Penticton

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Tax shifted to consumer

The response by Mick Black to my anti-HST letter is exactly what I expected. I don’t know if he is a business owner or not but he is defending their tax break. He says that the numbers I quoted are “ridiculous.” He then goes on to rattle off a bunch of numbers that may or may not be correct. They are most likely something that the BC Liberals put out to try to sell this terrible tax. He tells us that basic goods are HST exempt and that only 17 per cent of goods are now subject to the additional seven per cent PST portion of the tax. I don’t think it matters one little bit whose numbers are correct. The bottom line is he obviously missed the point of my letter, which was that business is being given a tax break at the expense of the consumer. If this tax was brought in to help pay for services maybe it would have been acceptable, but it is supposed to be revenue neutral and is strictly a tax transfer from business to consumer. It is definitely not revenue neutral to those of us who have to pay it. When 17 per cent of the goods we buy increased by seven per cent, so that some business owners can get a tax break, is to me what is ridiculous. Mr. Black goes on to say that I am typical of

Disabled faced with tax hit

People living on social assistance are not just people who find themselves out of work. People with physical and mental functioning disabilities and people suffering from major mental health issues earn a social assistance income, called disability pension. Did you know that this disability is subject to claim any income tax credit as income? An income deducted from their next monthly cheque. A single person on maximum disability assistance is receiving about $930 a month. With rent and utilities of $630, that leaves a person $300 a month for food, clothing, bus expenses to get to and from doctors and support programs. The Canadian government decides to give you a tax credit refund. A bonus is how the receiver should feel, they just won the tax credit lottery because it doesn’t happen that often. But no — you have to claim that money. These poor people can barely survive from month to month, even with a visit to the food bank, now the next month even less. They still have to pay 12 per cent HST on everything they buy. This is just cruel treatment of the impoverished, disabled or the mentally ill to give in one hand and take with the other hand. Is B.C. not a province that cares for its poor and disabled, or is B.C. a province of money grabbing Liberal government that care nothing for the poor, while they earn very healthy pensions? Carrie-Ann Dambrowitz Osoyoos

West Bench pays its share

This is a letter regarding Mr. Wiltse’s unbelievable ignorance in local matters. The West Bench was never asking the city for handouts. The deal put forth to us was more then adequate to cover any costs covering the usage.

anti-HSTers who believe everything Bill Vander Zalm tells us. I would say to him that I don’t need Bill Vander Zalm to tell me that my cost of living has increased as a result of the HST, but I’m glad that he has stepped up to help fight something that is so wrong. The Times Colonist in Victoria commissioned a Statistics Canada report. The headline in the paper was: HST will be big hit to British Columbian’s wallets: Stat’s Can. It then went on to say: New figures from Statistics Canada prove that the HST will be a big hit to British Columbians in the pocketbook. The comprehensive analysis by Statistics Canada shows that the HST will have the following affect: The average household in B.C. will be out an additional $521 each year. A married couple without children will pay $801 more per year. A single senior will pay $262 more per year. Need I go on? I’m sure that Mr. Black and others will keep defending the HST, and those who know it is bad will keep fighting it until we once again get to tell the government that the majority of us don’t want this tax. Bill Copeland Cawston

Please do your homework before you spout off. I realize your (our) city has got itself into financial woes but don’t even attempt to put those on the bedroom communities. We pay our taxes as well as you, and a large portion of these go to the city to pay for services. I do use the facilities in the city and I do pay for them every time I do. I guarantee if you didn’t have us using and paying for these you would be in a lot worse of a mess then you are. We don’t ask for handouts, nor expect them. In the same letter you state let’s instead go further in debt to finance something that may or may not pay off. This shows the shortsighted ideas you have. I’m glad you don’t vote with us up here because rationality seems to be in short supply in your thoughts. Putting Penticton at risk is exactly what you want by saying these unfounded thoughts. Paying money out rather then receiving it makes absolutely no sense. Fred Bonneau Penticton

A not-so-bright idea

It’s looking like 2011 is going to be an interesting year. After enacting excessive drinking and driving laws last year they began this year with more insanity. The banning of certain wattage, and eventually almost all, incandescent light bulbs in the name of environmentalism. Are they unaware of the mercury that is contained in CFLs? Do they not know that a broken CFL light bulb is a serious health issue? Why is this danger not only acceptable, but forced upon us? Shouldn’t we demand a safer “green” light bulb? One that isn’t potentially detrimental to your health. Shouldn’t our politicians have our safety in their best interests. How could they do this?

I know light bulbs may seem like an insignificant issue, but they represent an ongoing trend. The adoption of “green” and “safety” policies which directly effect and target your health. The only environment that will improve is the ones that are surrounding the stockholders who own these corporations that produce these bulbs. As long as we accept these insane laws they will continue on and on. So let me say, I want my incandescent light bulb back. Matthew Lindsay Penticton

A new Cold War

The Russians will do anything to beat us. The Cold War is over but the KBG men still run Russia. I believe the Russians were “on the juice” in the third period. Their best player played dead after taking a dive. When a player is hit and stays down for three minutes, a neutral physician should do an automatic physical examination on the supposedly injured player. The Russian “dive” changed the game; in the third period he played like a fresh player. The Canadians who were hit suffered the consequences of a hard hit. They were definitely not as physical after being hit. When play resumes, if the hit was not an injury — but a dive, the penalty should be a seven-minute major. The penalty must be substantial in order to stop a team from cheating. I don’t believe our boys played that badly, I do believe, however, that they were playing against a chemically stacked deck. The average Canadian today is so politically correct they would not say the “S” word if they had a mouth full of it. I am not surprised to see that nobody on the Hockey Canada executive has challenged the results of the game. Ernie Slump Penticton


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Appetite for event needs to grow KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

While the public is “chomping at the bit” for a Taste of Penticton event, organizers are hoping a deadline extension for exhibitors will help bring it to life. Organizer Lori Dunn said many people have approached her and are excited about the prospect of a Taste of Penticton event, unfortunately the lack of interest from Penticton and area eateries is what might kill it. “Everyone I have talked to has been pumped for an event like this to happen. Right now we have nowhere near enough exhibitors so we have extended the application deadline to Jan. 22,” said Dunn. Along with organizers Chris Boehm (co-owner of Burger 55, one of the event exhibitors) and Cindy Nelson, Dunn is hoping that restaurants, pubs, cafes, bistros and caterers will come forward to have the opportunity to showcase their tastiest offerings at the all-day events. The trio of organizers said they have put the word out to a number of eateries already and are waiting for responses. Dunn said for the public it would be a chance to try samples from restaurants they may have never heard of, or never had the opportunity to get to that are located in the South Okanagan. For business owners, Dunn said it is a great marketing opportunity. “Restaurants will get expos-

Ladies looking for a fun night out with friends are invited to join Rouge Beauty Lounge and Le Cheap, C’est Chic Clothing Company on Jan. 27. Rouge Beauty Lounge together with Le Cheap, C’est Chic Clothing Company, is holding their first joint fundraiser event for the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. On Jan. 27 at 6 p.m., Rouge Beauty Lounge, located 1021070 Lakeshore Dr., will host an exclusive ladies night featuring wine from Strut vineyards and great food compliments of the Bufflehead Tapas Bar. The event will hold a raffle with great prizes including a grand prize of Toby Keith tickets. The country superstar will be performing at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Feb.

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ure to the public and media, networking opportunities and for caterers especially, this is a great opportunity to get their name out there. We also have an interactive website with blog posts and we hope to stay in touch with all the exhibitors throughout the year promoting their events and deals,” said Dunn. Taste of Penticton is penciled in for Feb 19 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre from noon to 7 p.m. The day promises entertainment and delicious food from vendors in the South Okanagan from Peachland to Osoyoos. Organizers will

donate a portion of the proceeds from the first annual Taste of Penticton to the Okanagan International Children’s Festival and the OSNS Child Development Centre. The public will purchase “bite tokens” at the door for $1 per token. Samples will have a price of one to three tokens, along the same lines of the popular Fest-of-Ale. Dunn said the idea for the Taste of Penticton was inspired from the WestBank Chamber of Commerce who hold a similar event. It is also a way to help local businesses gain some new customers in the slower tourism

months in the South Okanagan. “Our businesses need to have those local followers and regulars in the winter months. That momentum carries them through the year and this event might just help with that,” said Dunn. Taste of Penticton organizers can be contacted several ways. They have recently set up a Facebook group called Taste of Penticton where they can be contacted or by phone at 250-490-5782, by email at TasteofPenticton@gmail.com or through their website at www. tasteofpenticton.ca.

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HANDY WORK — Manager/curator Peter Ord of the Penticton Museum and Archives adjusts one of the displays that is part of the current Foundations exhibit at the facility depicting the construction work which has taken place over the years.

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OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 103 of the Penticton United Church, enter through north door. Call 250-493-1527 for info. HAND AND FOOT CANASTA at 1 p.m. in the Penticton Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Lessons available for those who have never played before. Call June, evenings at 250492-7630, for more information. PENTICTON DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB holds weekly games Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and the Under 100 Club Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at the Penticton Library. Call Birgitta at 250-770-1154 for info. SAHAJ MARG MEDITATION every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Call 250-492-4458 for more information. 65-PLUS SINGLES COFFEE CLUB meets at 10 a.m. at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. For more information call 250-4920459 or 250-770-1018. BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY in the Legion hall for the Ladies Auxiliary, 502 Martin St. at 1 p.m. regular bingo at 6:30 p.m. SENIORS’ RECREATION and Wellness Centre at 439 Winnipeg St. hosts euchre every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call Joy at 250-770-1174 for more information. OKANAGAN FALLS SENIORS’ Activity Centre has exercise classes at 8 a.m., music and coffee hour at 9 a.m. followed by carpet bowling at 1 p.m. SENIORS’ DROP-IN CENTRE

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TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. at 431 Winnipeg St. Call Merle at 250-7708093. SENIORS’ DROP-IN CENTRE has bingo and the crafter’s meeting at 1 p.m., French conversation at 1:30 p.m. and line dancing from 1 to 3 p.m. TOPS B.C. 1640 meets

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ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has drop-in fun darts at 6:30 p.m. Karaoke by Anita starts at 7:30 p.m. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome to their hall of 1197 Main St. SENIORS SINGLES LUNCH Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250770-8622. 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. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 hosts the Navy Vets dinner of roast beef with yorkshire pudding. There will be entertainment by After Eight. Everyone welcome SENIORS’ DROP-IN CENTRE has social bridge and beginner’s line dancing at 1 p.m. ANAVETS HAS KARAOKE at 6 p.m. with drink specials. THE FUNTIMERS BALLROOM Dance Club meets most Fridays upstairs at the Elks Club from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. for Ballroom and Latin dancing. New members welcome. For information call Brian 250492-7036. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Centre on 2965 South Main St. is having an evening of dance with Destiny. Music starting at 7:30 p.m. $5 per person. All welcome. CHEERS CHURCH IS hosting Spanish classes. Sign up for 10 weeks in levels one to four. For more info, call Sandy at 250-499-5944. PENTICTON PUBLIC LIBRARY invites kids aged six to 12 for a free afterschool program, Snow Amazing. It will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The library is also hosting preschool storytime (three to five years) until March 30. No program Feb. 23, bedtime stories (three and up) on Thursdays from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. until March 31. No program Feb.24, toddler time on Fridays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. until to April.1, with no program Feb. 25 and baby songs and rhymes also Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. until April. No program Feb. 25.


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The release of the 2011 Visitors Guide this week marks the start of an exciting new year for tourism in Penticton. The official tourism guide for Penticton, the 52-page Visitors Guide is used to highlight the amazing tourism attractions the city has to offer. The guide features sections on wine, heritage and culture, playtime, golf, shopping, dining and entertainment, festivals and events, sports, outdoor adventure and winter activities, as well as detailed maps and a directory of tourism businesses. “This guide has long been one of Penticton and Wine Country Tourism’s most fundamental marketing materials,� said Jessie Campbell, tourism marketing manager. It works in conjunction with the tourismpenticton. com website, as well as social media and advertising campaigns in print, broadcast and online, to promote Penticton as a year-round tourism destination. The guide, which is well-supported by the tourism community, is carried at visitor information centres throughout B.C., Alberta and Washington state. It can also be accessed online via www.tourismpenticton.com. Locally, it can be found at the Penticton and Wine Country Visitor

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Spencer Kingzett, 13, helped the Skaha Lake Sharks defeat the Sahali Sabres (Kamloops) 39-32 by scoring 13 points and then scored 17 points to help the Sharks win their home tournament against Oliver 36-25. Kingzett loves basketball because its fast pace and said it feels good to make a nice play. Kingzett also enjoys playing volleyball and soccer.

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Garrett Milan’s beautiful one-timer goal against the Langley Chiefs on Friday may have gotten him out of a funk. It was a big goal for Milan helping the Vees defeat Langley 6-4 at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The 19-year-old forward has had a tough time finding the back of the net as that was just his eighth of the season. In the last two seasons combined, the five-foot-eight dynamo has embarrassed BCHL netminders 55 times in 117 games. Vees coach-GM Fred Harbinson felt that Milan has been snake bitten and put him back on the wing after having him at centre, where he had played all his life before joining the Vees. “I think he has been better overall,” said Harbinson during Coach’s Corner last week. “Defensively much more responsible.” “A little bit down on confidence before a couple weeks ago. Now I’m feeling good on the ice,” said Milan, who before that game hadn’t scored since Dec. 4 (a span of 10 games) when the Vees defeated Merritt 3-2.

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PENTICTON VEES forward James Polk, middle, puts on the brakes to avoid Langley Chiefs forward Darnell Dyck during a 6-4 Vees win.

“I’m feeling good after the Christmas break.” Milan, who collected five assists during the goal drought, hopes this continues into the final stretch and playoffs. While Johnson didn’t say it was a reason for the drought, Vees captain said that playing centre is much different than the wing. “I personally believe he’s a true winger. He’s a lot better on the wall,” said Johnson. “Playing centre, got a lot of work in the D-zone. It was good for his development. I think he has been playing well all year.” Milan shares Johnson’s

feelings and added that he’s been playing better hockey than the last two seasons. While the Whistler minor hockey product’s goal totals are not where people are used to seeing them, it hasn’t been a sign of his performance. He still whips up the ice and hits opponents as if he’s in a bumper car. “I thought my allaround game is better, especially after Christmas,” said Milan, who is called Millsy by teammates. “Better with the puck and skating harder.” Milan and Harbinson

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LUXURY SCENIC & GAMBLING GETAWAYS Tulalip • 3 Days, Feb. 9*, Mar. 14, Apr. 3, May 24 ...........................................$259 Tulalip • 4 Days, Feb. 14*, 21*, Mar. 1, 21, 27, May 9, 16 ..............................$349 Silver Reef • 3 Days, Feb. 6, 9, Mar. 8, 21, May 11, Jun. 8 ........................................... $214 Silver Reef • 4 Days, Feb. 22*, Mar. 28*, May 1, 14, 31 ............................................. $289 Silver Reef • 4 Days Weekend, Mar. 17, Sep. 22, Oct. 27............................................. $334 Lake Chelan & NEW Mill Bay Casino • 3 Days, Mar. 9, Apr. 6, Sep. 5 ..........$189 Coeur D' Alene • 4 Days, Feb. 27, Mar. 22...............$249 • 3 Days, Apr. 11 ................ $179 Northern Quest • 3 Days, May 15, Jul. 24.....$259 • 4 Days, Mar. 13, Apr. 17 .....$389 Laughlin • 11 Days, Mar. 15 ............................................................................$704 Clearwater & Silver Reef Resorts • 5 Days, Apr. 4.............................. From $419 Clearwater & Tulalip Resorts • 5 Days, May 2, Sep. 12 ....................... From $449 Reno • 8 Days, Feb. 12*, Mar. 12*, 19, 26*............................................ From $319 Sips, Slots & Shopping - Ladies Only! • 3 Days, Apr. 1, Sep. 9, Nov. 11 .................$339 Salute to Southern Hospitality • 24 Days, Sep. 1, $150 EBD .....................$4499 Yellowstone & Black Hills • 11 Days, Sep. 6, $50 EBD................................$1409 Majestic Canyons of the South • 13 Days, Oct.1, $50 EBD .......................$1639 OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY, 8:30AM-4:30PM; CLOSED 12:00PM-1:00PM PRICES BASED ON DOUBLE. ALL DISCOUNTS INCL. IF APPLICABLE. H.S.T. ON CANADIAN TOURS ONLY. SUBJECT TO CHANGE. B.C. REG: #3015-5

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braving the current attraction, Ghosts and Legends. During the haunted tour, a guide leads you through parts of the ship that were previously off-limits while the attraction produces floods, flashing lights and ghostly experiences. For a face-to-fish encounter visit the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, which is home to more than 12,500 inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean, and visitors can visit Lorkieet Forest where colourful and friendly miniature parrots can be hand-fed. A short walk from the aquarium along Rainbow Harbor will take visitors to Shoreline Village and The Pike at Rainbow Harbor — a boardwalk of specialty and souvenir shops and restaurants. When you are done exploring, pull up a stool

at the Yale House where you will find the world’s largest selection of beer on tap. More than 250 tap handles of draft beer can be found at the pub located on Rainbow Harbor. Of course there is also the amazing beaches and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean to be explored. Visitors can dive into a variety of watersports such as kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, sportfishing, scuba diving and jetskiing. From late-December to mid-April, the migration of more than 15,000 Pacific grey whales can be seen passing through Long Beach on their way to Mexico. Whale watching excursions are available through several companies. For more information or to find special offers go to www.visitlongbeach.com.

WALMART CORRECTION NOTICE Glad Freezer or Storage Bags (#410762/9/4668/75) advertised as Rollback 2.98, Was 3.57 should be Limited Time Offer $2.98. Sony iPod/iPhone Docking Clock Radio (#538316) not be available in all stores.

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Your community. Your classifieds.

Employment

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fax 250.492.9843 email classifieds@pentictonwesternnews.com

Announcements

Funeral Homes

Credible Cremation Services Ltd. Our #1 priority is to serve families that require quality death care services. If finances are a concern call us, we can help.

250-493-3912 24 hrs

www.crediblecremation.com 559 Ellis Street, Penticton, BC

Basic Cremation $990 +taxes (Penticton Area)

Support Small Business

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Serving our South Okanagan communities with compassion, respect, and understanding.

John Nunes Daryn Pottinger

Phone 250-498-0167 (24 hrs) www.nunes-pottinger.com

Information The Wilson Family is trying to locate a member of their family that they have not had contact with for quite some time. She is 5’3” and is First Nations. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of our sister Arlene Wilson, please contact: Audrey Wilson at 778-7540797 or cell 250-215-6028

Career Opportunities

Announcements

Announcements

Employment

Employment

Personals

Lost & Found

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

75 year old senior man looking for lady to share life together, reply to Box 175, The Penticton Western News, 2250 Camrose St. Penticton, BC, V2A 8R1 Alcoholics Anonymous, if your drinking is affecting you and those around you, call 250-490-9216 ALL Pro Escorts. Female & Male Escorts & Strippers. 24hr fast & friendly service. Cash/Visa/MC. Always hiring. Penticton:250-487-2334 Kelowna:250-860-7738 Vernon:250-542-8448 Salmon Arm:250-832-6922 www.allproescorts.com or www.allprostrippers.com DATING SERVICE. LongTerm/Short-Term Relationships, FREE CALLS. 1-877297-9883. Exchange voice messages, voice mailboxes. 1888-534-6984. Live adult casual conversations-1on1, 1866-311-9640, Meet on chatlines. Local Single Ladies.1877-804-5381. (18+) DENIED CANADA Pension Plan Disability Benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222. www.dcac.ca. Will you be my Valentine? I’m a white, single widow, early 70’s, acts younger, good looking, no drinking, no smoking, not wealthy, would love you if you were neat and tidy, good looking, no facial hair (or not much), If you fit this description please answer my ad, white male, singles only, Box 390, Penticton Western News, 2250 Camrose St. Penticton, BC, V2A 8R1

LOST wooden cane, very unusual, has metal decals on it, sentimental value. Call 250493-5307 Small white curly haired dog, found by Penticton Creek, no collar, (778)476-2287

Children Childcare Available Live-in Caregiver - Avail June 2011, well experienced with newborn-3yrs & seniors. Well organized, loving & energetic. 250-309-1441 / 250-546-9307 LOVE’S Family Daycare, Young St. area, licensed, (3-5yr olds), 1 full-time spot avail. for your child (250)4930566 Mother of 2 young boys looking to do childcare in my home, available Tues. & Thurs., if interested, call (250)493-6929

Employment Business Opportunities Direct reach to BC Sportsmen and women...Advertise in the 2011 BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis, amazing circulation 400,000 copies, year long impact for your business! Please call Annemarie at 1-800-661-6335 or email fish@mondaytourism.com

Found cat, long lost, needs quiet indoor home. Soft, greyish, green eyes, healthy, adores human laps, not other animals.Good companion for mature person. 250-492-5046 lost, blue Cellphone between Safeway and downtown, (778)476-2797

EARN EXTRA INCOME. Learn to operate a Mini Office Outlet from your home. Free online training, flexible hours, great income. No selling required. www.123bossfree.com GET PAID DAILY! NOW ACCEPTING: Simple part time and full time Online Computer Work is available. No fees or charges to participate. Start Today, www.onwoc.com

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Lost & Found

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.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

LOSS PREVENTION OFFICER A retail leader in your community is hiring an individual in the field of Loss Prevention. The successful candidate will be responsible to: detect and apprehend criminals, preserve evidence, appear in a court of law and provide testimony, submit apprehension reports, maintain and utilize CCTV systems, investigate internal theft, monitor physical security measures assist in the monitoring of JHSC requirements as part of the safety team. Our in-store Loss Prevention associates are mature, responsible, demonstrate a sense of urgency and are able to work unsupervised. Apply by cover letter to: Box 401, 2250 Camrose Street Penticton BC V2A 8R1 Candidates must have permanent employment status within Canada and be willing to have a criminal background check done.

JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN Nelson Ford, located in amazing Nelson, BC is looking for an experienced Journeyman Technician to join our Service Team. We deliver a best in class compensation package with higher than average flat hour wages. Please email resume or direct any inquiries confidentially to rstocks@nelsonfordsales.com

SHOP FOREMAN We have a position available for a Shop Foreman in our Kamloops location. This position will deal directly with customers and schedule/supervise the work of service technicians to repair and maintain construction equipment and attachments. Previous leadership and mechanical experience in a heavy equipment environment is considered an asset.

Brandt Tractor is the world’s largest privately held John Deere Construction & Forestry Equipment dealer and a Platinum member of the Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. Find out more about our exciting career opportunities at www.brandttractor.com or by calling (306) 791-5979. Email resume indicating position title and location to hr@brandttractor.com or fax (306) 791-5986.

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

We Believe in You. ASSISTED LIVING WORKER WANTED (Casual) Lower Similkameen Community Services Society (LSCSS) is seeking qualified Assisted Living Workers to provide services to residents at Kyalami Place Assisted Living in Keremeos on a Casual basis, covering for regular employees on vacation or other leave. Duties include: resident care, housekeeping, laundry, meal service and life enrichment activities. Qualifications include: certification as an Assisted Living Worker or Residential Care Aide or Home Support Worker; current First Aid Certification; and Food Safe Level 1. Clearance through a criminal record review is required. A job description is available, please contact LSCSS at (250) 499-2352 for a copy. Closing date: Noon, Thursday, January 27, 2011 Send applications marked “Confidential” - Competition #11- 1 - ALW” by mail, facsimile or e-mail to: Lower Similkameen Community Services Society 720 - 3rd Street, Keremeos, BC V0X 1N3 Fax: 250-499-2333 E-mail: Admin@lscss.com For further information contact Eileen Oliver-Bauer, Administrator, (250) 499-2352

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Employment Business Opportunities JEWELLERY SALES OPPORTUNITY! NEW to Canada, trendy, affordable! Work from home, Earn GREAT money & vacations. Contact Curt for catalogue and business information. chic7@shaw.ca 403.889.4521 SERVICE FRANCHISE, Industry rated #1, Financing available. All new equipment, full training and support. Opportunity is knocking. www.oxy-dry.ca 204-346-5510

Education/Trade Schools A PA RT M E N T / C O N D O M I N IUM MANAGERS (CRM) home study course. Many jobs registered with us across Canada! Thousands of grads working! Government certified. 30 years of success! www.RMTI.ca or 1-800-6658339, 604-681-5456. BECOME AN EVENT PLANNER with the IEWP™ online course. Start your own successful business. You’ll receive full-colour texts, DVDs, assignments, and personal tutoring. FREE BROCHURE. 1-800-267-1829 www.qceventplanning.com Become a Psychiatric Nurse - train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $29/hour. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free: 1-87-STENBERG www.stenbergcollege.com

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION is rated #2 for at-home jobs. Train from home with the only industry approved school in Canada. Contact CanScribe today! 1-800-466-1535. www.canscribe.com info@canscribe.com

Farm Workers ORCHARD workers needed, $9.24/hour, Sandhu Fruit Farm, 7311 Hillborne St, Summerland BC, V0H 1Z7, 250486-3618 250-494-9078 Royal Orchard (Keremeos/Cawston) is looking for a farm worker for pruning, thinnin, picking and other labouring activities, no education required, 2-3 years experience, $12/hr. full time, benefits as pers BC Employment Standards, 250-490-7384 eve

Forestry BC Certified Utility Arborists, Apprentice Utility Arborists. Must have valid driver licenseClass 5. Plse fax resume to 250-762-3667 Attn: Larry

Haircare Professionals Chair Rental available at Victoria’s Hair and Esthetics, Skaha Plaza, Ron 250-770-8856

Employment

Employment

Help Wanted

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services

A-DEBT-FREE Life. We’ll help you. Call MNP 877-898-2580. Free consultation.Creditor proposals, trustee in bankruptcy, 320-1620 Dickson Ave. Kelowna - Resident office. Appointments available in your area Company expansion requires salespeople throughout the Okanagan. Full training provided. Guaranteed minimum of $3,000.00 per month with the ability to earn much more. Email resume to info@absolutelypure.ca or fax 250-5586133. 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. Experienced full-time auto glass installer required. Must have own tools. Must have own transportation. Wages negotiable. Please submit resume C/O Box #24, The Morning Star, 4407 - 25th Ave, Vernon, V1T 1P5 FULL-TIME CERTIFIED Heavy Duty Mechanic required by Bailey Western Star & Freightliner. Experience in service & repair of trucks, trailers & equipment. Fax resume to 250-286-0753 or email: employment@baileywesternstar.com

Full time employment for a BC Licensed auto tech in the South Okanagan, send resume to: brucev8@gmail.com or call 250-497-8800 HEAVY DUTY Mechanics required for busy Coastal logging company on Northern Vancouver Island. Must have extensive mechanical experience, certification an asset. Above industry average (wages), plus excellent benefit program. Email or fax resume to: lemare@office.ca or 250-9564888. HOUSEKEEPER required. Twice/week minimum 8 hours. During school hours preferably specific days negotiable. Salmon Arm. 250-803-0067. $11/hr. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! No experience necessary, we will train. Must be 18+yrs. of age. Call 250-860-3590 or Email: info@plazio.ca 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 Pharmacy Assistant Required in Long Term Care Room Mainly Evenings and Weekends, Hours Flexible. Please drop off Resume at: Shoppers Drug Mart 203, 701-1301 Main St., Penticton, BC, Attention: Shannon and Marie, No Phone Calls Please

Home Care/Support

ACCOUNTING & PAYROLL Trainees Needed! Large & Small Firms Seeking Certified A&P Staff Now. No Experience? Need Training? Career Training & Job Placement Available. 1-888-424-9417. ACHIEIVE YOUR WEIGHTLOSS GOALS! Lbs. = $$$ 1-877-737-DIET or dietmagicresults@shaw.ca EXPERIENCED Heavy Duty Mechanic required for logging company in the Merritt area. Please call Brian at 250-3786984 after 6:00 pm and fax resumes to 250-378-6930.

ADVOCARE is currently looking for Support/Multi-Service Workers and Community Care Aides at our Penticton community location. To apply for Penticton positions please send resume by email to lori.stankovic@ advocarehealth.com or fax to 250-861-3112. visit our website at www.advocarehealth.com to apply on line and to view minimum requirements for both positions. Experienced female caregiver for quadriplegic woman in my own home. 10 scheduled 24hr shifts per mth. Some housekeeping/cooking. Prefer N/S, must have DL. RCA an asset, call 250-494-1195

Excavating & Drainage

Excavating & Drainage

Help Wanted

Excavating

ETHNIC FOOD Cook. Must have min 3-5 yrs. exp. in auth. Mexican cuisine. & responsible. Spanish an asset. FT $17/hr. Send res. with ref’s to 250-492-5617 or email thevallartagrill@shaw.ca

Legal Dial-A-Law offers general information on a variety of topics on law in BC. 604-687-4680 (Lower Mainland) or 1.800.565.5297 (Outside LM); www.dialalaw.org (audio available). Lawyer Referral Service matches people with legal concerns to a lawyer in their area. Participating lawyers offer a 30 minute consultation for $25 plus tax. Regular fees follow once both parties agree to proceed with services. 604687-3221 (Lower Mainland) or 1.800.663.1919 (Outside LM).

Office Support Clerk Receptionist/Cashier-Relief Under the supervision of the Manager of Recreation and Program Manager, the relief Receptionist Cashier is responsible for customer service to the general public including telephone, email and front counter enquiries, performing cashier duties and maintaining all office administrative systems for Oliver Parks & Recreation. This is a CUPE Relief position with a pay rate of $17.26/hr. The successful candidate will have demonstrated customer service skills and considerable administrative support. Experience with Point of Sale or related cash payment systems would be an asset. Preference will be given to those applicants that have a background in recreation services. Please submit application indicating “Receptionist Cashier” by 4:00pm January 21st, 2011 to: Carol Sheridan, Program Manager, Oliver Parks & Recreation Society Box 627, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0. Fax:250498-0097. Email: carol@oliverrecreation.ca We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted

Professional/ Management VINEYARD MANAGER Position Minimum of 2 years Vineyard Management experience. Accredited Viticulture course, knowledge and understanding of spraying and tractor use. Ability to manage a vineyard staff. Compensation based on experience. Please submit resumes to: Dirty Laundry Vineyard 7311 Fiske Street Summerland, BC, V0H 1R3 or email to info@dirtylaundry.ca Attention: Human Resources

Sales 50%+ COMMISSION. FT or PT. Market EZTirematch.com website benefits and services. No upfront fees. EZTirematch.com for details.

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Services

Trades, Technical

Countertops

Painting & Decorating

SLIMLINE Mfg. is an industry leader in the Agricultural & Mining Sectors. We are currently seeking an energetic, quality driven Agricultural Equipment Mechanic. Responsibilities Include: -Assembly of new products using Hoists, Cranes, Fork lifts & Pneumatic Tools -Equipment maintenance -Repairs & Service of all machinery -Being part of creative & dynamic team -Quality control Qualifications: -Experience in welding/machine shop environment -Extensive knowledge of maintenance programs Electrical and hydraulic background preferred -Must have a valid class 5 drivers license -Journeyman Mechanics welcomed -Strong diagnostic repair capabilities We offer a comprehensive wage package along with benefits and profit sharing. Email your resume to: production@turbomist.com or fax: 250-492-7806. No phone calls please

Services

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 $500$ LOAN SERVICE, by phone, no credit refused, quick and easy, payable over 6 or 12 installments. Toll Free: 1877-776-1660 www.moneyprovider.com GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS will lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161. REDUCE DEBT by up to 70% Avoid bankruptcy. Free consultation. BBB accredited. 250-860-1653 www.4pillars.ca

Legal Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, Affordable. Our A+ BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT \TRAVEL & FREEDOM. Call for your FREE INFORMATION BOOKLET. 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1 866 972 7366). www.PardonSer vicesCanada.com 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

Cleaning Services Ana’s House cleaning service, reliable, exc ref’s, Senior’s discount. Move in-Move out $20hr (778)476-2227 Penticton & area Clean as a Whistle; thorough, dependable, affordable housecleaning $17-$20hr Penticton only, Darlene (250)486-1229 Energetic, efficient and cheerful house cleaner has openings available for residential & commercial clients. ref’s & insured, Laurel 250-492-7717 Mature reliable housekeeper, with references looking for work, (250)276-6407

Home Improvements

Home Improvements

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APPRENTICE ELECTRICAN required for wood frame and commercial construction. Fax resume to Howell Electric Kelowna 250-860-7735 ENSIGN ENERGY SERVICE INC. is looking for experienced Drilling Rig, & Coring personnel for all position levels. Drillers, Coring Drillers $35. $40.20.; Derrickhands $34., Motorhands $28.50; Floorhands, Core Hands, Helpers $24. - $26.40. Plus incentives for winter coring! Telephone 1-888-ENSIGN-0 (1-888-3674460). Fax 780-955-6160. Email: hr@ensignenergy.com.

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CUSTOMROCKCOUNTERS JANUARY SPECIAL GRANITE SLAB SALE. 150 COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM GRANITE KITCHENS STARTING AT $2495. INCL DELIVERY & INSTALLATION Open 9-4 Mon-Fri, 10-2 Sat. Showroom: 1115 Gordon Dr. 250-870-1577 REFACE Countertops. 1/2 the Cost of Replacing. Granite & Corian Designs. 470-2235.

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

Lawn & Garden Will pay cash for established Lawn & Yard Care business between Penticton and Osoyoos, Leave message at 250493-2965

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

DRYWALL, plaster, paint repairs & any other interior renovations. Call John for a free estimate 250-809-8708 HANDY WOMAN available for hire. Expert Carpenter, Gardener, Fixer-mender and Wood Furniture Restoration. Portfolio and references at hand. Have tools will travel Summerland and area. 250462-0255 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, mbhomeimprovements.com, references available. Natural Wood Flooring, various widths www.rouckbros.com Rouck Bros. Lumby, BC 1-800-960-3388

Old World Floor & Trim. Hardwood, laminate, tile, backsplash’s & custom shower installations. Guaranteed quality workmanship by established professional with local references. Licensed, insured and WCB reg. Call Steve for free estimate/consultation @ 250809-7153. Ricklyn Renos, Installation specialists in Tile, Hardwood and Laminate products. For fast clean friendly service call 250-490-5630, References available 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

250-462-3715

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

Rubbish Removal 250-808-0733 SKYHIGH DISPOSAL. Full service Junk Removal & Bin Rentals. “JUNK REMOVAL” CHEAP, OKANAGAN 250-462-3715 PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump 250-770-0827

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

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

Pets & Livestock

Feed & Hay Feed for sale. Round bales, barley haylage, & grass alfalfa mix hay. 250-546-6076 eves. 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.

Pet Services WHOLESALE PET GROOMING SUPPLIES & equipment. www.HSAPETSUPPLIES.COM Sharpening & repair service.

Pets Male Bichon pups, great disposition, litter trained, non shedding, micro chipped, 1st shots, $550. 250-832-4923 Maltipoo puppies, parents just 5lb & very dedicated little dogs, 2 boys, 2 girls, apricot colored, $450, 250-487-7619 OLD WORLD Long Haired Shepherds and Belgian Puppies Ready now. Soft Beautiful Coats. Black, Black and Tan. Red or Brown Sables. Shots, vet checked 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. Playful brindle Pugs, 2 girls, ready to go Jan 22, $650 Teresa 250-492-7842

Merchandise for Sale

Antiques / Vintage Passionate Coin Collector Wants to buy your Coins, Silver, Sets & Collections. Pls call Chad 250-863-3082

Building Supplies Bargain Building Sale (Closeout) 30x36, 39x57, 48x72, 60x87. Other Limited (Closeout) Deals available. Call to reserve. www.sunwardsteel.com Source#1JS. 1-800-964-8335

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

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

Free Items free, 3 inside doors, call (250)492-0133 free turkey to good home, (250)488-7619

Firewood/Fuel A1 Firewood. Full cords split & delivered. Pine $180, Larch $275, 250-770-0827

Merchandise for Sale Firewood/Fuel #1 Dry Pine & Fir also Larch avail, starting at $200 per cord, 1/2 cords avail. Pick up loads $50. Split & Delivered, free kindling, Senior discount, Penticton and surrounding areas, 250-497-6188 SEASONED firewood good mix, split quarterly, any $ amount available. 250-4883316, 250-493-8757

Furniture SOFA beds blue or brown $75, brandnew mattress & boxspring sets, factory sealed in bags, queen $299. Call 250492-3888

Heavy Duty Machinery 2001 JD35 ZTS excavator, rubber tracks, hydraulic thumbs. $14,500. Cobelco 30 excavator, rubber tracks, hydraulic thumb, $12,500. Hitachi ex60 hydraulic thumb, 3 buckets, needs a little tlc, runs and works well. $10,500. case 480F backhoe, 4 in 1 bucket, 3800 original hours. $14,500. 250-938-4257.

Misc. for Sale 4’X8’ Snooker table w/new cloth + accessories, $700 or trade? Excellent condition, Ed 250-493-2030 A FREE TELEPHONE SERVICE - Get Your First Month Free. Bad Credit, Don’t Sweat It. No Deposits. No Credit Checks. Call Freedom Phone Lines Today Toll-Free 1-866884-7464 BRAND new 5 stage reverse osmosis water filtration system. Retail price: $795. Now: $250. Call 250-863-1544 BUILDING SALE... “ROCK BOTTOM PRICES!” 25x30 $6200. 30x40 $9850. 32x60 $15,600. 32x80 $19,600. 35x60 $17,500. 40x70 $18,890. 40x100 $26,800. 46x140 $46,800. OTHERS. Doors optional. Pioneer MANUFACTURERS DIRECT 1-800-668-5422 CAN’T GET UP YOUR Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift. Call 1-866-9816591 FAR-INFRARED SAUNAS Year end Blow out Demos starting at $549. Free del.,setup try. Kel. 1-888-239-9999 www.SOLARUSsauna.com HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com RIGIDFOAM Insulation, 2 x 5 10/ bundle $15ea bundle. Call 250-862-8682, 1660 Cary Rd STEEL BUILDINGS PRICED TO CLEAR - Incredible end-ofseason factory discounts on various models/sizes. Plus FREE DELIVERY to most areas. CALL FOR CLEARANCE QUOTE AND BROCHURE 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170

Misc. Wanted Silver Buyer & Coin Collector in Town Now. Buying Sterling, Tea Services, Coins, Gold, Jewelry, Accumulations, etc. Any amount, 1800-948-8816

Musical Instruments Drum sets complete from $389, rent-to-own $29.95/mo. Skaha Sound. 250-492-4710 Guitars, amps, drums, keyboards, PA, lighting, music books, lessons & access., Skaha Sound, (250)492-4710 MUSIC LESSONS! Most instruments, voice, song-writing and recording. Parents and tots introduction to music. Penticton. 778-476-5917

Sporting Goods SKS’s from $199, CZ 858’s $749, CQ-A1 AR15’s $749, .233 Ammo $500/1000. Glock’s & CZ’s from $699, repairs, refinishing, reblueing. All at The Best Little Gunshop Around Weber & Markin 4-1691 Powick Rd, Kel. 250762-7575 Tues-Sat, 10-6

Store Equipment/ Fixtures 10’ RESTAURANT Hood, exhaust, cladding, fire suppress system. New $10.5k, used 3 yrs. Asking $4k. Castlegar 250-365-1972.


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Real Estate

Rentals

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Rentals

Acreage for Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

Homes for Rent

Homes for Rent

3 Acres, Whitevale Area, Lumby. Flat, trees, drilled well, gas/hydro to driveway. Price $235,000.00 + HST OBO. 250-547-6932. $89.000 For 5.5 acres Arrow Lakes Area also 10+ acre lots & cabin for sale. email for pics selkirk8@telus.net (250)-269-7328

Avail. Mar., quiet, bright, secure, 1bdrm, 40+, ns, np, dig. cable, new kit., $700, 250-4922006, 250-809-8952 Large 2bdrm 2nd floor, DT Penticton, ns, np, incl. w/d/f/s, mature tenant, ref’s req., Vito 604-291-1059 Newer 2bdrm, 2bath, 6-appl a/c heat incl,. $1500/mo u/g prkg corner unit 250-809-9955 Penticton, 2 bdrm apartment, $895+util. in clean, quiet 50+, elevator, covered prkg & close to bus & DT ns, np, Avail. now, (250)490-9159 SKYE, 23rd floor, Big views, 3 bed, furnished May 1. $2000/m Opt 2. Lofts on Eliss unit 1001 - 2 bed furn. $1800/m. Feb 1 shaunarowell@shaw.ca Summerland condo spacious 2 bdrm, 2 bath, top floor corner unit, exc layout(1254sq.ft) 5 appl, a/c, gas f/p, walk to downtown. 55+. NS, NP. $900 + util. Ref. req’d. Avail immediately. 250-494-7093 Wiltse area 1800sq.ft, apt, 4 bdrm, 2bth $1800/mo+util. + 1800sq.ft commercial space for lease 604-876-0096

4BDRM + den, 1.5bath, 3-appl, garage, n/s, cat ok. $1300+util. Avail Feb.1st 1604-430-0434 Penticton

Avail. Feb. 1, 3bdrm house, too much to list, $1100/mo+util., 778-476-2810

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condos for Sale 1 & 2bdrm Condos for sale, secure building, reno’d, close to downtown, from $149,000. Vernon. 250-826-2284 2BDRM apartment for sale, 1820 Atkinson, 250-770-8730 Frank. No realtors please

Business for Sale Seasons Salon & Spa, Aveda Concept Spa in Vernon BC, established in 2007. Serious enquiries only. 250-308-7373

Duplex/4 Plex 2yr old, 2bdrm, 1.5ba, 1/2 duplex, central air/heat, 6appl., close to school, DT, beach, SOEC, possible rent to own with down payment, $222,000 + HST, 250-488-2471, 250497-6399

For Sale By Owner PENTICTON Excellent 4 Bedroom Character Home. Large lot: 21.3m x 63.5m. Quiet established - close to all amenities - neighborhood. 1 renovated full bathroom. Gas fireplace. Hardwood floors. Walkin closets. New roof. new plumbing. 6 foot high fence. Large sun-deck. Shed. $385, 000. 250-490-8597

Houses For Sale ******* OKHomeseller.com 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

Mortgages BANK ON US! Mortgages for purchases, renos, debt consolidation, foreclosure. Bank rates. Many alternative lending programs.Let Dave Fitzpatrick, your Mortgage Warrior, simplify the process!1-888-711-8818 dave@mountaincitymortgage.ca

Other Areas Land of Orchards, Vineyards & Tides in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Live! Work! Bring Business! Free Brochure Website: www.kingsrda.ca Email: mmacdonald@kingsrda.ca Toll-free: 1-888-865-4647

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 175-1458 Penticton Ave, 3bdrm, 2bath, f/s w/d 250-4901700 250-486-3791 1bdrm, 150 Skaha Pl. overlooking Oxbow $675+ hydro (250)276-9394 1bdrm apts. in clean, quiet, secure 50+ bldg, near Cherry Lane, elevator, 4appl., in-suite storage, on-site mgrs, n/s, n/p, $650-$700+ util 250-492-4265 1BDRM, close to DT, in suite laundry, $750/mo, 250-8090276 1BDRM lakeview roof top deck, quiet adult bldg, n/s, n/p ref’s $650+util 250-492-4558 2bdrm, 1bath boutique apt, @ 602 Ellis St, incl f/s, prkg & water $700+ util 250-4925100 250-490-5354 2BDRM, 2bath, quiet 2nd floor corner suite with balcony in the Ellis, 6 appl, a/c, u/g parking, N/S, N/P. $1100/mnth. 250-493-8944 998 Creston, 1bdrm apt, living room. Incl f/s, laundry, rent starts @$600 incl util 250492-7570 Large 2bdrm apt. for rent. +40 bldg, $850 +util, ref’s req. 250-487-1136

Commercial/ Industrial 2 MONTHS FREE RENT Commercial/whse/office spaces avail on Government St., Penticton,1024 sq ft., 250-493-9227 APPLE Plaza 770sq.ft, suited for food related retail business. Call Barbara 250-492-6319 PENTICTON 1050 sq.ft. on Industrial Ave. $1100/month; triple net incl. CMA zoned. Overhead door. power. Avail. 02/11 call 250-493-8005.

Duplex / 4 Plex 1/2 duplex, 2bdrm, 1.5bth, near malls. Feb 1st $975+util. 250-486-7891 2BDRM close to DT, near new, f/s, dw, w/d, a/c, $1050 call Dennis @ Realty Executives 250-493-4372 2yr old, 2bdrm, 1.5ba, 1/2 duplex, central air/heat, 6appl., close to school, DT, beach, SOEC, possible rent to own with down payment, $222,000 + HST, 250-488-2471, 250497-6399 3BDRM duplex, 5-appl, fenced yard, n/p, n/s, Columbia area $1175, 250-493-1201 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 Large 2bdrm suite, w/d, small pet allowed, $950 incl. util., 150 McPherson Cres., 250809-6757 SUMMERLAND, near town, 2bdrm, 1bath, ns, np, $775+ util., (250)494-9331

Homes for Rent 101-690 Latimer St, 5bdrm, f/s, w/d, family room, garage. Call 250-486-3791 250-4901700 2BDRM, 2bth, house w/laundry, $900. 1bdrm suite $700. n/s n/p 250-492-3264 after 5p 3bdrm, 1.5ba, f/s, close to school, IGA, (250)493-9357, 250-492-3856 3bdrm, 1bath, single car garage, large fenced yard, pets welcome, avail. Feb. 15, call 250-488-9858

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

Skaha Place 1 bdrm, th fl. balcony overlooks Skaha Lk, f/s, a/c, pkg and insuite storage .................................. .............$695.00 incl water. Avail. now.

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

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APARTMENTS

132 Power Street – 1 bed apartment, fr/st, incl. utilities Avail NOW $700.00 132 Power Street – 2 bed apartment, fr/st, incl. utilities Avail NOW $850.00 1049 Churchill Ave. – 2 bed, 2 bath, ground floor, deck/ yard, fr/st, dw, w/d, garage Avail NOW $1200.00 873 Forestbrook Dr. – 2 bed apartment, 3rd floor, fr/st, dw, w/d, secure parking Avail NOW $1300.00 217 Elm Ave. – spacious 1 bed apartment near beach, 3rd floor, fr/st, dw, w/d, incl. cable. Avail NOW $900.00

HOUSES

Gammon Rd., Naramata – 3 bed, 2 bath house, fr/st, garage, 4 acres. Avail NOW $1500.00

Apt/Condos for Sale

Apt/Condos for Sale

REALTY EXECUTIVES PENTICTON APARTMENTS: $575

1 bdrm bsmt suite at Perkins Cres, fridge, stove, cats allowed. Avail. Now ( H542-3) $600 1 bdrm, at Perkins Cres, new fridge and stove, fresh paint, Avail. Feb. 1 (PC2/ 3) $725 1 bdrm at 150 Skaha Pl f, s, balcony, elevator, near Skaha Beach. Avail. Now (A360) $800 2 bdrm 55+ apts, incl. heat and cable, new, balcony, 1 bath, extra storage. Avail. Now (wt 202) $975 1 bed + den, The Alysen, 6 appl, sec’d parking elevator near Skaha beach Avail Now (ot389) $1500 11th flr. at 160 Lakeshore condos, 2 bdrm, 2 bath 6 appl, fitness rm, sec’d parking. Avail. Now (ot371)

FURNISHED: $1800 Furnished 3 bdrm home, 2 bath, dble garage, gas fp, H.W. flrs, pet on approval. Avail. Now - June (ot422)

HOUSES: $1000 2.5 bdrm house, 1 bath, f, s, w.d., large backyard. Avail. Feb. 15 (H730) $1000 3 bdrm house, near Queens Park School, no appl, large yard.Avail. Now ( H684) $1100 2.5 bdrm house, 1 bath, f, s, w.d., on Government St. Avail. Feb. 1 (H608) $1200 Columbia School area, reno’d w/new flr, 3 bdrm, duplex, fin. bsmt. Avail. Now (H521) $1500 3 bdrm + den home on Peachcliff Drive in Okanagan Falls, 5 appl., dble garage, rec room, Dog on apprv. Avail. Now (H737) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

280 MAIN STREET, PENTICTON, B.C. V2A 5B2 PHONE: 250-493-4372 - www.rentalspenticton.com Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

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ELECTORAL AREA ‘C’ PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING (OLIVER RURAL) Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Oliver Community Centre Room # 1 36003 79th Street Oliver, BC Public Budget Meeting: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Join us for an informative session about the RDOS 2011 budget and how it will affect your property tax notice. Meet with representatives from the RDOS

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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Official Community Plan Application Electoral Area ‘D-2’ East Skaha, Vaseux Temporary Use Permit Provisions

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 – 7:00 pm Okanagan Falls Community Centre – Club Room Okanagan Falls, BC. PURPOSE: Bylaw No. 2454.04, 2010 proposes to undertake a textual amendment to the Electoral Area ‘D’ East Skaha, Vaseux Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2454, 2008 in order to expand the designations and range of uses that may be considered for a Temporary Use Permit. Legislative changes to the Local Government Act have expanded the range of temporary uses that can be approved within designated areas beyond commercial or industrial, and has extended the timeframe for which Temporary Use Permits (TUP) can be issued from two to three years. In response, it is being proposed that Section 16 (Temporary Commercial and Industrial Use Permits) of the East Skaha, Vaseux Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw be amended to reflect these legislative changes, thereby allowing the Regional District Board to consider the issuance of a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) in a wider range of circumstances. VIEW COPIES OF THE PROPOSED BYLAWS & SUPPORTING INFORMATION AND MATERIALS AT: Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC on weekdays (excluding statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The public and all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw amendments can present written information or speak at the public hearing. All correspondence for the public hearing to be addressed to: Public Hearing Bylaw No. 2454.04, c/o Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received after the conclusion of the public hearing. This public hearing has been delegated to a Director of the Regional District. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES: Telephone: 250-490-4107 Fax: 250-492-0063 Email: planning@rdos.bc.ca Web: www.rdos.bc.ca Donna Butler, MCIP Manager of Development Services

Bill Newell Chief Administrative Officer

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THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF PENTICTON 171 Main Street Penticton, B.C. V2A 5A9 250-490-2400 (phone) 250-490-2402 (fax) www.penticton.ca

ELECTRIC RATE INCREASE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that The City of Penticton has received notice of an increase in the cost of electricity that is purchased from FortisBC of approximately 11.6%. In conjunction with the City of Penticton’s public input policy the City will provide details of the cost of purchasing electricity and the impact of approving various levels of electric rate increases. The proposed Electric Rate increase is scheduled to take effect in February. The City purchases power from FortisBC at wholesale rates and resells the power at retail rates. The margin between retail and wholesale is utilized by the City to operate the Electric Utility as well as to return a dividend to the citizens of Penticton which is utilized for various capital works projects throughout the City. Without this dividend the capital works budget would be reduced accordingly. The public is invited to attend the special Council meeting at 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 24, 2011 in Council Chambers at 171 Main Street, Penticton BC to voice your opinion regarding the proposed increase. For further details please visit the City’s website at www.penticton.ca and click on Electric Rates Public Report.

PAY PARKING AT CITY PARKING LOTS PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the parking lots behind City Hall, located at 171 Main Street and the parking lot adjacent to Gyro Park will be pay parking effective February 1, 2011. Pay parking will be in effect from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m Monday through Friday, except Statutory Holidays. Parking placards can be purchased at City Hall cashiers at a cost of $25 per month. Annual passes can also be purchased; however, Gyro Park parking lot will not be reserved parking for the month of August to accommodate community events. Please note that day passes are NOT available. Vehicles not displaying a placard may be subject to ticketing and/or towing. For more information, please call (250) 490-2412.


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Rentals

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Transportation

Transportation

Homes for Rent

Homes for Rent

Suites, Lower

Auto Accessories/Parts

Cars - Sports & Imports

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

2001 Volvo,station wagon, V40/20T,110,000 kms, like new inside/out, $7,500. 250546-8027.

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

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CAWSTON Two Bedroom House for Rent, 1 and a half bath, newly renovated kitchen, large fenced yard, 1200 square feet and located close to the school. No smoking, small pets are okay. $950 plus utilities per month. References required. Call Kelly 250-5062475 or email kwinn75@hotmail.com with “Rental House” as the subject line. Available immediately. Cozy, clean, 2bdrm, on quiet street, 487 Municipal Ave., fenced yard, big storage shed, $1050/mo.+util. 250-493-7774 KALEDEN 3 Bdrm, 2 bthrm, lkvw house, 5 appl., fmly room, 2 fireplcs, sunroom, 1 car garage, NS, NP preferred, $1400. + utilities. 250-4972024

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1 bdrm suite in newly reno’d home, in Uplands area. Semi furn. or unfurn. Close to dwntwn Penticton, OK Lake. W/D, F/S, internet , util. incl. $750/mo. +1/2 DD. Call Carol: 778-476-1246 or cell 250-4870971. Feb. 15 avail. Ref’s req.

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

Motels,Hotels GOOD Place to stay for workers, students & retired. Rent starts from $550/mo fully furnished/cable/electric/phone (250)492-7015 (250)770-0816

Senior Assisted Living SENIOR HOME SHARING from $595, 250-768-9158. Westbank

Naramata Village, 2bdrm MH in organic orchard, lg deck, n/s, pet? $800+ DD. Call 250496-5435

Shared Accommodation

Olalla, 55+ park, 2bdrm+den, quiet and private location, small pet ok, avail. immed., (250)499-2332

avail. immed., single dad renting room in 3bdrm house, lots of extras, too much to list, $500+ deposit req., details at 778-476-2810 Roommate wanted, $450/mo util incl., w/d, newly remodeled, n/p, prefer non-smoking, employed person. or student, 250-462-2155

Private 2+1 bdrm, 2bath, full bsmt, lakeview. Adult, n/s, n/p, $1300+util. 250-492-4558 Summerland 2+1bdrm house, F/S, W/D, NP/NS $850 + utilities. Avail Feb 1/11 Call Judy - 250-494-9082 Summerland - 2-3 bdrm , centrally located. Ideal for quiet professional couple or single person. NS, NP. $900. p/m. 250-768-4695

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1 BEDROOM Suite. All utilities except phone. Shared laundry. N/P N/S References Required. $725. 250-493-3088 Brand new self-contained 1bdrm, Summerland, incl. f/s/m/w/d, cable and util., sep. entrance and parking, np, ns, $795/mo., 778-516-2227 Close to mall, 1bdrm suite, n/s, n/p avail now. Call 250493-6523 Penticton, large, newly reno’d, 2bdrm, sep. laundry, entrance, parking, inside storage, ns, np, $700+ electric bill, avail. now, 250-492-9866 Small 1bdrm suite in need of a single tenant, large bright kitchen, dw, in suite w/d, fully tiled, tenant must be NS, $550, util incl. (250)497-5860

Suites, Upper 2bdrm, nicely updated, bright, fenced backyard, on Orchard Ave., avail. Feb. 1, $990 (util. incl.,), rental incentive, (250)490-6878

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Trucks & Vans

2005 Hyundai Tuscon. 2 ltr, front wheel drive, AM/FM stereo w/MP3 CD, alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, power brakes/steering/mirrors/windows/locks. Roof rack, five doors, tilt steering, 4 wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, block heater, heated front windshield & heated mirrors. New winter tires, timing belt, windshield & front brakes. Good on gas +/- hwy 30, town 28 m/g. 100,000 kms. EXCELLENT CONDITION, great winter vehicle. Asking $9,500. Call: Home 250-295-0220 Cell 250-617-9944

1bdrm basement suite, fully furnished, newer home in Westbench, in suite laundry, ns, np, $800 (incl. util.), avail. immediately, 250-493-3063 1bdrm, bright, ground level suite, np, ns, hydro/cable/util. incl., 6appl., laundry. Avail Feb. 1, $750, (250)490-9384

3BDRM, 2bath f/s, w/d, dw, close to school, transit & stores, $1000. Dennis @ Realty Executives 250-499-5996

Sport Utility Vehicle

1997 Ford F150, 6cyl, 5spd, cruise, a/c, nice condition, lots of new parts, $2100, 250-4906378 2002 GMC ext. cab, long box, Duramax diesel, auto, 298,000 kms, asking $13,995 call (250)809-8989 2004 Chev 3500 ext cab., single rear wheel, 4x4, auto, looks & runs ex, remote starter, 200kms. $11,900. 250-3070002.

2003 Pontiac Sunfire, 4dr, 147km, summer and winter tires all on rims, $3000, (250)494-1721

Adult

1999 Expedition XLT, loaded, tow pkg. great cond. winterized, $9,000. 250-308-6574 2001 Land Rover Discovery SE7, 182K, fully loaded, leather, V8, $12,500, (250)4983094

Cars - Domestic

2005 Toyota Echo, 2 door hatchback, auto, 62,000kms, $5,975. 2003 Toyota Matrix XR 4x4, auto, air, $6,975. 2010 Toyota Tacoma TRD, sport, V6, 6 spd, crew cab, 13,000kms, $26,975. 2007 Toyota Yaris 2dr hatchback, 5 spd, $6475. Government inspected rebuilt vehicles. Lego Auto Sales, Vernon. 250-2604415. 1997 Honda Accord 2dr, 300K km, 4 snow/4 all season tires. Reliable $1800. 250-545-2879 2000 HONDA Accord EX V6. 178K. Automatic. Includes set of mounted Blizzaks. Fully loaded. $6500. 250-803-0067

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Recreational/Sale 32ft 1992 Travelaire with slide, 5th wheel with deck attached on site in park, pad rental $321/mo. at this time, $10,000, 250-487-8850

Scrap Car Removal AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Min $40 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 250-899-0460 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

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

Notice is hereby given to Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of AGNES MAUDE LONIEABRAHAM, Deceased, who died on the 2nd day of November, 2010, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executor at 101-123 Martin Street, Penticton, BC, V2A 7X6, before February 14, 2011 after which date the Executor will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which he has notice. Steve R. Gjukich Gilchrist & Company Barristers and Solicitors 101-123 Martin St, Penticton, BC, V2A 7X6

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2009 Ford Crown Victoria LX

2007 Chevrolet 2500 HD Extended Cab Shortbox 4x4

2007 Ford F150 Supercrew 4x4

2006 Buick Allure 4Dr. Sedan

2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP High Performance

2006 Cadillac CTS 4Dr. Luxury Sport Sedan

The most reliable car ever built! This White Beauty is superb! Only 17,000kms. Fully loaded & ready to travel. V8 power, yet fuel efficient. Don’t delay! PO963A. Was Wa $22,998.

This is a truck you just do not want to pass by. Save thousands off the new price & get a loaded up well cared for pre-owned workhorse. White. P116A. Was $28,998.

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3.8L V6 engine mid 30’ fuel economy. Power seat, CD player, Onstar keyless entry. PO932A. This car was $14,900 and we are clearing it out. Was $12,998.

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t’s hard to believe that we are already into the year 2011 — it seems like only yesterday we were amazed that we were already into 2010. Time does fly. Apropos of this, remember that: “the only thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.” So without wasting any more time let’s talk about everybody’s favourite new year topic — new year’s resolutions. Most resolutions people make deal with self-improvement — quit smoking, exercise more, lose weight, be friendlier, etc. I would like to suggest a few resolutions that will ROBERT HANDFIELD help the environment in difNATURE WISE ferent ways. First on the list is for cat owners: resolve to keep your cat indoors all the time. Domestic cats wreak havoc on wild birds. Numerous studies have been done on how many wild birds are killed each year by domestic and feral cats. And the numbers are astounding, with estimates that as many as 100 million birds are killed in North America each year by cats. When combined with the many other threats facing our bird populations, such loss can do irreparable harm. Cat owners can do birds a favour and keep their cat indoors. Many cities are now recognizing that cats need to be licenced and controlled. Established cat licensing programs currently exist in many Canadian cities. Our next resolution is for coffee drinkers: If you are a coffee drinker and you claim to love birds, then you must drink shade-grown coffee. Most coffee today is grown in large plantations devoid of any living thing except coffee trees, but it wasn’t always so. Up until the 1970s most coffee grown in Central and South America was grown in the traditional manner in shady forests. Only with the advent of large-scale techno-farms did coffee growers switch over to sunny plantations with no other trees. Compared to shade plantations, sun-coffee farms are virtual biological deserts, with studies showing 90 per cent fewer birds in the sun-coffee plantations. Since a very large percentage of Canadian birds winter in the tropics, this is important to our birds. An additional benefit is that much shade-grown coffee is also fair-trade coffee which certifies that the farmers have been paid a fair price for their beans. Do the birds, the environment and the indigenous farmers a favour — resolve to drink only shade-grown coffee (even better is shade-grown, fair-trade organic coffee). Virtually every major grocery store in Penticton, as well as the specialty stores, carry these coffees — and while they do cost slightly more, the benefits far outweigh the costs. Finally our last resolution is for gardeners. It is no secret that invasive plants are a real problem in the South Okanagan — so much so that the RDOS has to spend our tax dollars in the fight against these invaders. Invasive plants cost millions of dollars a year in lost pasture, disturbed habitat and reduced crops. In addition they severely degrade the native habitat. The sad thing is that while some invasive plants have arrived here by accident, many, such as baby’s-breath, have been purposely introduced. Some of our nurseries continue to sell plants that can easily become highly invasive. Especially bad are many prepared wildflower mixes. So before you plant something new in your garden check it out on-line or with the RDOS to ensure you aren’t potentially helping another invader gain a foothold. The South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, so our January meeting will be on Jan. 27. Meetings are held in the basement hall of the Penticton United Church on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. The speaker for January is Gregg Howald, North America regional director of Island Conservation, an organization whose mission is to prevent more extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. Gregg is one of the world’s foremost experts in island restoration. All are welcome.

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RCMP responded to the following property crime reports within the city of Penticton in December 2010: 12 vehicle theft reports - Vehicle thefts were concentrated in the neighbourhoods surrounding the downtown core during the month of December. December 8th a 33 year old female and a 33 year old male were stopped in a stolen vehicle during a road check. The suspect female was arrested possession of stolen property and is currently awaiting court. December 22nd RCMP responded to a bait vehicle activation. The vehicle was soon located and the driver, an 18 year old male, was arrested. He pled guilty in court December 23rd and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. 19 vehicle break-ins - Vehicle break-ins continue to be reported in the Riverside Drive area. Suspects are accessing vehicles by breaking the windows and are targeting wallets and purses which have been left inside. Please remember to remove all valuables from

your vehicle, even if you will only be away for a short period of time. 11 residential B&Es - December 14th RCMP responded to a report of a B&E at a residence on Penticton Ave. Police attended and learned that the suspect had accessed the home through an unlocked door and stolen presents from underneath the Christmas tree. A 16 year old female was located nearby and arrested. She is currently awaiting her first court appearance. 8 commercial B&Es - Businesses in Penticton's industrial area reported three B&Es this month, with suspects targeting copper wire from City Yards and Fortis compounds. Police continue to investigate these incidents. No robberies were reported this month.

If you have any information about these incidents or any other crime please contact Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. DISCLAIMER: This document is the property of the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP. Statistics are based on police reports derived directly from PRIME-BC and should be considered preliminary, as they do not represent official statistics submitted to the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics as per UCR II scoring guidelines. Maps and statistics are based on founded occurrences only, and do not reflect incidents which were determined, upon police attendance, to be unfounded or unsubstantiated. Maps and statistics reflect only the most serious offence on each file. Maps may not display all reported property crimes for the given time period.

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