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Library board finding ways to cope with continuing freeze on facility’s budget

The Penticton Vees returned from their road trip with injuries and illness

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CALLING THE SHOTS — Gordon Monteith lines up a shot as he and his wife Subrina take part in the Scotch Doubles competition at the sixth annual CCS British Columbia 8-Ball Championships. The Monteiths, local organizers of the four-day tournament on now at the Penticton Lakeside Resort, say that the pairs game is a great way to break the ice at the tournament and get everyone warmed up. Steve Kidd/Western News

Accusations fly as negotiations stall BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

It seems that after months of hinting at pieces of their labour bargaining positions, all the while stating they do not want to negotiate in the media, the City of Penticton and the union which represents its workers have finally come to agree on something: It’s time to negotiate in the media. Both blame the other side for either stepping over the line or making misleading statements that necessitate clarification. CUPE said the city is mistreating laid-off workers from the closed Penticton Community Centre by not ensuring them job security when the centre reopens after $23.3 million of renovations. The city said they offered the union a proposal in August to give all the workers at the centre their jobs back with the same pay and

seniority as long as new employees made less in a tiered system. But CUPE’s provincial leader said the city stalled bargaining by demanding concessions before negotiations even began in mid-December, accusing the city of threatening workers with job-loss and the privatization of the PCC by issuing a request for proposals to do so. Furthermore, Barry O’Neill said he believed council and the city are looking to bust the union and promised a dust-up should negotiations fail. Privatization, asserted the union, has not worked in the best interests of the community at the South Okanagan Events Centre campus and it will not work at the PCC. Mayor Dan Ashton hit back, calling O’Neill an outsider to Penticton and describing his comments as offensive. Ashton said he wants all the PCC workers to come back to their jobs as things were

before, but that because the economy has changed, along with the city’s ability to generate revenue, so too should the pay-structure for new employees at the city. The request for proposals was simply the city doing its due diligence, he added. Ashton pointed to full-time lifeguard wages which top out at $24.27 (not $23.48 as reported) an hour plus an additional 39.75 per cent labour load. This would total, at 2,080 hours, an annual cost to the city of about $70,548. However, CUPE supporters pointed out that only two lifeguards pull in that amount. According to the city’s human resources manager Gillian Kenny, aquatic workers, after six months, make $22.80 an hour life-guarding and $23.48 an hour instructing, plus an extra 14 per cent an hour in lieu of benefits. In 2009, she said, the average guard worked about 1,250 hours under both wages.

Calling Ashton’s comments “inappropriate and provocative”, CUPE local president Patti Finch said the mayor is trying to provoke a dispute instead of dealing with the issue of privatization. “This is really about public services for residents. The mayor’s statements are misleading at best,” said Finch. “What we will do is stand up for public services for Penticton residents. Our members live in this community and care deeply about it.” Meanwhile, city CAO Annette Antoniak decided to show the city’s hand Wednesday, posting a facts sheet on the city’s website. Antoniak said the city is employing costcutting measures to address a structural deficit that could have reached $1.7 million in 2011, approximately 50 per cent of which is increased costs associated with the expansion of the aquatic portion of the PCC. see CAO page 5




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Not being able to afford to feed his animals was not a valid excuse for an Oliver rancher at the centre of what is one of the largest seizures of animals in distress in B.C. history. On Thursday at the Penticton provincial courthouse Rudolph (Rudy) Harfman was found guilty of causing injury to animals being conveyed. He was handed a six-month conditional sentence and 30 months probation. During this period he cannot be in custody, control or reside on the same premise of any bird or animal. He will have 30 days to dispose of the approximately 40 head of cattle he has now. “How do I make my living?” pleaded Harfman after Judge Gale Sinclair read his sentence. “I lose my farm and my home. How do I live?” A total of 121 cows, four sheep and a donkey were taken from the their property in April 2006 after several complaints about the poor conditions the animals were living in. There were also 37 dead cattle and sheep found on the property. Four of the cattle and one sheep were in critical distress and euthanized on the property.

“Saying I couldn’t afford it, doesn’t offer him a defence,” said Sinclair. Defence lawyers told the court how the couple suffered through lean times after the BSE outbreak dropped cattle prices. Troubles continued in the coming years. In his summation, defence lawyer Jim Pennington explained how fires in 2003 caused drought, and when Harfman put the herd out to graze, cattle from other owners searching for water would take over the grazing area. He dealt with rustlers and people shooting the animals. The court heard of an incident where a man was shot and killed on the Harfmans’ property, making it a crime scene and causing Harfman to miss a round of hay cutting that was used to feed the cattle. The defence lawyers described how Harfman struggled to keep the cattle operation going and eventually faced a foreclosure on the property, but was bailed out by family. Harfman admitted the cattle were “lean,” but said he had a plan and was just waiting until the April 15 Ministry of Forests deadline when he was allowed to turn the cattle onto Crown property to graze. He said he couldn’t afford the inflated cost of hay and thought he could ration out what he had

until April. Harfman explained the remains of animals found on the property were due to cougar attacks, and how he had left them out to “lure” the predators back so he could shoot them. Dr. Teresa Jacobson, who was asked to come to the Sawmill Road ranch as part of the SPCA investigation, gave evidence of what she saw on the property, including emaciated cattle, dead rabbits, sheep and a horse. Jacobsen described the state of the animals and those in the photos submitted as evidence. “I was shocked to see the condition of the cattle and their emaciated bodies. The animals were deprived of adequate food. Many animals in these images are sick and all of the animals are in pain,” she said. Jacobson testified cows had overgrown hooves, overgrown horns, lice and patchy hair. She described one sheep’s wool as overgrown, matted, stuck to its rectum and so full of dirt it could not be sheared. The SPCA lost $15,000 in the investigation from the cost of nursing the animals back to health, which were then sold. Charges of causing an animal to continue to be in distress were stayed on Harfman. His wife, Celia Harfman, was found not guilty on both counts.





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Library adapting to frozen funding levels BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

Penticton council will likely have to come up with an extra $4,000 if the Penticton Public Library is to be open on Sundays this fall after the facility’s board requested no increases for their 2011 budget. Frozen since 2009 at $934,719, library board chairperson Al Kidd told council the board will only seek a budget increase if the city’s current negotiations with its CUPE represented workers results in wage increases. Kidd pointed out that the board was able to reduce its budget by $31,692 in order to keep it at the 2009 level despite rising operating and capital costs. According to Kidd, the board saved money by reducing the number of items bought, subscriptions made and online databases offered to the public, as well as by adopting a bulk leasing program for best-sellers, not replacing computers or servers until beyond their life expectancy, using old city and school board computers with old software and servers, stopping the practice of putting protective covers on books and not replacing a staff member who left the library. Accommodating about 5,000 visits on an average week and providing a range of services, the library also added new revenue sources including

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CHIEF LIBRARIAN Larry Little says the Penticton Public Library will remain crowded into a too small space for some time to come as the library faces another year of a frozen budget.

three annual book sales, expansion of the Okanagan Regional Library receptacle agreement, public donations, sale of book bags and charging visitors to access the Internet. It also continued with last year’s decision to eliminate Sunday openings

come October — the library will continue to open on Sundays until its April 19 traditional spring closure due to additional funding secured by council and the board last year. Coun. Andrew Jakubeit inquired whether shifting or reducing hours of

operation on other days would allow the library to reopen on Sundays. “One of the problems when you do that is that when you take from one area there are rivers of repercussions way down the line,” said Kidd. “Yes we can always steal from one area to

put money over here, but what is best for one person is not always best for somebody else. “When we look at our numbers for Sundays and we look at our numbers for other days and other hours, we think we are doing the correct thing for the public at large.” Coun. Judy Sentes, council’s liaison to the library board, reiterated that the board had worked diligently to find another way to make budget other than closing on Sundays. “It was painful,” she said. “The Sunday closures was not an easy decision nor was it made or undertaken lightly.” Sentes said if the city were to give the library more money, she thinks the facility has more pressing needs than offering services on Sundays, such as its “very decrepit bathroom facilities” or the fact that the space is so crowded that some of the books must be stored on heaters. However, Coun. John Vassilaki pledged to bring a motion to council, as he did last year, to come up with the $4,000 required to keep the library open on Sundays. “In my opinion, it is part of the art culture of our society to be able to go to a library and read the books, especially for kids,” said Vassilaki. “My main interest is kids. Adults, they can take care of themselves, but kids can’t.”

Pool closure a drain on swim clubs’ resources BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

Should city council decide to delay the opening of the Penticton Community Centre pool until September, it will be risking more than just the excitement of residents hoping to use the new $23.3 million facility or the wellbeing of local swim groups, according to one such club’s head coach. KISU Swim Club’s Tina Hoeben said council would be increasing the likelihood of a drowning. Council is currently considering reopening the community centre — all at once or in stages — later than June 1. According to the city, there are new provincial regulations, not yet drafted, which may impede city staff’s ability to organize operations at the pool. In addition, there

are budget considerations, with staff reporting $94,000 savings with a July 5 opening and $257,00 in savings with a Sept. 6 one. “This is a huge safety issue,” said Hoeben. “We haven’t offered swimming lessons for 14 months in our community. We live with two lakes on either side of our city. They have got to be joking if they don’t think that they are prime for a drowning.” Hoeben showed up at council’s budget deliberations Monday afternoon. “Children have a window from six to 10 years old when they more readily absorb how to move in the water, how to float and how to become better swimmers,” she told council. “If you take away two summer seasons for that I think there will be a real deficit in terms of swimming skills in our community both this year and in the future.”

Hoeben said the closing of the PCC for renovations last March has forced KISU to reduce the programs it runs. “The hit that our club has taken with the pool closure has been harsh,” she said. “It has been harder than I expected.” According to Hoeben, KISU is down to about 50 swimmers from 220, plus they have been forced to pay out-of-town rental rates at the swimming pool in Summerland, five times what they would pay in Penticton. Hoeben said opening the pool in September would be hard on both KISU and, more so, on the Pikes Summer Club which runs from May through August. “Presently (the Pikes) are down to 18 swimmers,” she said. “I don’t think that they can survive not having a facility in our community for another season. So you may lose a club that has

been here for over 50 years if you don’t open a pool as soon as possible.” Penticton Triathlon Club board member Brad Lee, who also sits on the sports tourism committee, pointed out to council that the city will be hosting two new sports tourism events in July: the Grand Fondo and the Junior Elite Triathlon Race. “(Delaying the opening) won’t be good for citizens and for marketing purposes,” he said. Representing user groups Aquafit and ReAct, resident Jan Higgins told council they should remember that the pool is used by people to keep fit or to recover from injuries or surgeries. “As soon as you can open it, do so,” she said. Council voted unanimously to give staff a month to come back with a report on the issue

Area MPs ready for election they agree no one wants STEVE KIDD Western News Staff

While they agree that Canadian voters aren’t wanting another election anytime soon, local NDP MP Alex Atamanenko (Boundary Similkameen) and Conservative Stockwell Day (Okanagan Coquihalla) say that both they and there parties are ready for one. They disagree, however, on the intentions of the federal Conservative government and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Day dismisses rumours about a possible election as speculation, and said it’s up to the opposition parties to work with the Conservatives as Parliament returned to session this week, with the 2011 budget expected in March. Much of the debate so far this session has been on the government’s plan to cut corporate taxes, which the Liberals have said they cannot support, and the Conservatives, so far, have refused to back down on.

“We are hearing from opposition members that if they have a chance they will force an election, but that is certainly not our plan,” said Day. “We are certainly ready if we have to, but we’re with most Canadians on this.” He said most Canadians do not want an election, preferring their elected representatives “stay focused on the economy and on jobs.” “I think Canadians want all of us elected officials concentrating on what matters most to them, not our narrow political interests,” said Day. “We’re hoping that the opposition is willing to help us out on that.” In spite of Day’s hopes, Atamanenko said there are signs the Conservatives are expecting the budget to be voted down, which would force an election. “Harper is doing all these attack ads. That’s an indication he may be up to something,” said Atamanenko, adding that if the call for an election does come, the NDP is ready, “with people on the

ground and money in the bank.” However, Atamanenko would like to get past the partisan nature of government, instead being proactive and getting help to the people of the country that need it most. “I think he has missed a golden opportunity,” said Atamanenko, adding that when the opposition tries to raise issues in Parliament, they are often met with silly answers and criticism from members of the ruling Conservative party. The NDP’s priorities for the upcoming budget revolve around getting more services out to Canadians, including more money for low-income seniors, a more generous Canada Pension Plan and an increase in family doctors. “There are a lot of people that could be helped: pensioners, students, jobs being transferred to other countries,” said Atamanenko, adding that public spending priorities are not in the right place. “We’re looking for Harper to come around in good faith and work with people.”




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residents. The survey also tells us that we could be doing more to reduce waste and protect

our unique Okanagan environment,” said Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

chair Dan Ashton. The survey is part of gathering public feedback for the region’s

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Tourism runs up score at Challenge Hockey event credited for a record November in city tourism KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

A high-profile sporting event is being attributed as the driver behind an increase in Penticton tourism numbers for an off-season month. Penticton and Wine Country Tourism and Penticton Economic Development Services said the amount of Additional Hotel Room Tax collected by Penticton accommodators in November was up nearly 30 per cent compared with the same month in 2009. November 2010 was also the highest grossing November since the AHRT was introduced in 2006. “November is just a taste of things to come hopefully,” said Jonathan Dow, general manager of the Sandman Inn and vicechair of the Penticton Hospitality Association. “Certainly all the accommodators in town and hospitality representatives are thankful for a month that normally wouldn’t be as busy, and I think we can attribute some of that to the efforts made by council and our sport tourism co-ordinator.” Dow said some of that increase in November came from Penticton hosting the World Junior A Challenge, but he is also

hopeful it is indicative of the economy getting better and consumers being a little bit less cautious with their purse strings. “Penticton is certainly benefitting from having a strong amateur sport base for minor hockey and high school sports but it is the big events that we need to get more of. Jeff Plant, the sport tourism co-ordinator, is working towards that. And with co-operation from city council members like Andrew Jakubeit, who helped bring the World Junior (Challenge) here, we can see Penticton becoming more and more of a major attraction for both amateur sport as well as provincial, national and international events,” said Dow. All of this affects the accommodators’ bottom line and has an impact on the community. “If I am selling more rooms, then that money is going towards housekeepers, for example, so they can feed their families and everyone can work. In a time when it is slow, as long as I have people in my hotel and even if I am coming out even, at least I am giving my employees some work so they can continue to live comfortably and aren’t living on Employment Insurance. We are such a seasonal town, the longer we can keep people in the workforce the better it is for the whole community,” said Dow. Penticton and Wine Country Tourism and

Penticton pedestrian killed in intersection Western News Staff

A 20-year-old Penticton man is dead after being struck by a vehicle while crossing an intersection. “At this point I am not anticipating any charges being laid. At this time the preliminary investigation shows the van was travelling through the intersection on a green light,” said Sgt. Rick Dellebuur. RCMP said they responded to a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday at 9:50 p.m. at the intersection of Fairview Road and Channel Parkway after a northbound 2004 Pontiac Montana van driven by a 73-year-old Kaleden man struck the male who was crossing the road. Dellebuur said the pedestrian was transported to Penticton Regional Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. Penticton RCMP are continuing their investigation into the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP at 250-770-4715.

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Penticton Economic Development Services said bringing the World Junior A Hockey Challenge to the South Okanagan Events Centre from Nov. 8 to 14 is hopefully just the beginning of hosting high-profile events that will continue to attract visitors. “This is just another indication of the impact that sport and event tourism can have in our shoulder seasons,” said Coun. Jakubeit, who also sits on the tourism advisory committee. “With a sport tourism co-ordinator now on board, we hope to be able to continue to attract high-level events like the World Junior Challenge and subsequently continue to see our typically slower seasons improve yearover-year.” Over the course of the World Junior A Challenge, Penticton Economic Development spearheaded an economic impact study of the hockey tournament. “Understanding the economic value of hosting a sporting tournament such as this gives us a better idea of how these events affect business,” said David Arsenault, economic development officer. “We can quantify the economic results, but it is the intangible results such as international exposure and the indirect spending in our business community that make these events so worthwhile.” The overall economic impact assessment will be released soon by Hockey Canada.




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he shocking story of 100 sled dogs being shot execution-style after the Olympic Games in Whistler last year is attracting worldwide attention. Indeed, this was an outrageously reprehensible act, particularly since it appears it was economically motivated. The bottom had dropped out of the tourist dogsledding business after the Games. Yet as appalling as this case is, people should find the following information even more alarming. In 2009, the BCSPCA conducted 5,870 cruelty investigations; removed 1,332 animals from dangerous or neglectful situations, and rescued an additional 3,443 injured animals; executed 133 warrants; and submitted 62 charges of animal cruelty and neglect to Crown. The amount of government funding the BCSPCA received to undertake this crucial work, which comprised $2 million of the organization’s $25 million budget? Not a cent. The BCSPCA is the only animal welfare agency in the province authorized to conduct animal cruelty investigations, and is officially responsible for protecting and rescuing animals. It does so almost entirely via charity — public and private donations. That tells you the importance successive governments have placed upon animal welfare. It doesn’t warrant a sorry penny. Animal cruelty laws in B.C. were strengthened in 2008, yet penalties remain light, with a maximum fine of $5,000. That’s if Crown takes the case at all. Only about 50 per cent of charges submitted are approved. Hopefully, justice will be brought to bear against the perpetrator of the sled dog slaughter. But more importantly, we hope this case will bring public and political attention and anger upon the government’s neglect of the BCSPCA. The greatest good to come from all of this would be consistent, adequate funding of the organization responsible for animal welfare, further toughening of cruelty laws, and more legislation reform to make prosecution and conviction easier. That would be a worthy legacy for those 100 dogs.

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The Berlin Wall of the Arab world

t was the Egyptian army’s statement that brought it all back: “To the great people of Egypt, your armed forces, acknowledging the legitimate rights of the people ... have not and will not use force against the Egyptian people.” In other words, go ahead and overthrow President Hosni Mubarak. It’s all right with us. It reminded me of the day of the first big anti-Communist demonstration in Moscow in mid-1989. There had already been non-violent demos in other Communist-ruled countries like Poland and Hungary, but this was Russia. The enormous crowd filling the broad Garden Ring Road was visibly nervous, and I was staying near the edge of the crowd so I could dodge into a doorway if the shooting started. Then I noticed that there were Soviet army officers, in full uniform, among the protesters. It was going to be all right: the military wanted change just as much as everybody else. Tahrir Square in Cairo today is the same: the army is with the people. The army statement in Cairo rang the death knell for Mubarak’s regime, even if he still insists that he will stay in the presidential palace until the election scheduled for September. That won’t happen. A transitional government led by other people will organize the election. But the echoes of an earlier revolution set me to wondering: is this the Arab world’s 1989? In 1989 the collapse of the old order started in the “satel-


lite” countries, not in the Russian heart of the empire, just as the current revolt against the Arab status quo began in Tunisia, a relatively small and marginal Arab country. The Eastern European landslide only started to sweep everything before it in November 1989, with the fall of the Berlin Wall. So is Hosni Mubarak the Berlin Wall of the Arab world? He certainly could be, for Egypt is the most populous Arab country, and the tactics and goals of the Tunisian and Egyptian peoples closely resemble those of the peaceful revolutionaries of Eastern Europe in 1989. The Arabs, too, are successfully using non-violent tactics to bring irresistible moral pressure on tyrannical and corrupt regimes, and they are demanding just the same things: democracy, justice and prosperity. The non-violent formula worked in two to three weeks in Tunisia, and it looks like it will take about the same time in Egypt. At first the president is defiant and sends police thugs

out into the streets to attack the protesters, but he cannot use massive violence because he knows that the army would not obey a shoot-to-kill order. Much like in Eastern Europe in 1989. Then begins the retreat. First the president promises reforms. Then, when that doesn’t work, he fires the entire government and creates a new cabinet (but it’s still full of hated regime cronies). Then he promises to leave power at the next election, but argues that he must stay for the transition period to guarantee “stability.” And finally, he gets on the plane and leaves. Tunisia has travelled that entire route since mid-December, and Egypt is passing through the next-to-last stage. Other Arab countries may be on the same road: the demos began in Algeria and Yemen in December. They’re only three weeks old in Jordan, but the king has just fired the entire government and appointed a new cabinet with orders to carry out “true political reforms.” There are hold-outs like Syria, whose president, Bashar Assad, boasted last week that his regime is secure because it has a “cause”: confrontation with Israel. More to the point, the Syrian army probably would open fire on protesters, for it is dominated by the ethnic minority to which Assad himself belongs. Iraq is so paralyzed by ethnic divisions after the American occupation that no popular mass movement is possible. Saudi Arabia and the smaller

Gulf states almost certainly face no risk of popular revolution, for their people enjoy great prosperity because of their oil. Nevertheless, the pressure for change is palpable in most Arab countries. Fully half the population of the Arab world might be living under different, more democratic regimes a year or two from now. The European 1989 delivered precisely that in just two years; why can’t the Arabs do the same? They can, of course, but the period after 1989 in Eastern Europe was not entirely happy. The immediate result, in most countries, was a fall in living standards, not a rise. One major country, former Yugoslavia, was torn apart by war. There were various smaller wars along the ethnically fractured southern borders of the former Soviet Union, and Russia ended up back under a gentler sort of authoritarian rule. The risks for the Arab world are comparable: short-term economic decline, civil war, and the rise of new authoritarian regimes, probably fuelled by Islamist ideas. Nothing’s perfect. But what we are now witnessing in Tunisia and Egypt, and may also see elsewhere, is a great liberation not just from dictatorship, but from decades of corruption and despair. That’s worth a lot. Gwynne Dyer’s new book, Crawling from the Wreckage, was published recently in Canada by Random House.




City workers shouldn’t tolerate bullying The South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council is proud to have CUPE Local 608 as one of our more than 20 affiliates. We are well aware of the struggle of our sisters and brothers with their employer, the City of Penticton. We stand solidly in support of the statements in the Jan. 28 Penticton Western News by brother Barry O’Neill, president of CUPE BC, and in support of the working men and women of the City of Penticton. We find it shameful that the mayor and council continue to push the privatization agenda in Penticton and further that they started and continue to bargain in the media instead of at the bargaining table. This is Bullying 101. Workers in any workplace anywhere should not tolerate this behaviour and Mr. O’Neill has underscored that point. The labour council and its affiliates will take whatever actions

Council must protect tax dollars

Barry O’Neill CUPE BC president is asking us to tell city council to clean up its act so they can get on with holding the taxpayer over a barrel. He and his union are not going to be pushed around by a bunch of bullies according to the Western News, Jan 28. I would submit Mr. O’Neill that the opposite is true and has been for many years. Mr. O’Neill is very lucky he is not dealing with me on this negotiating team. The first thing I would be looking at is the unfunded liability of the CUPE pension scheme which is like winning the lottery. The taxpayer is on the hook for the life of the recipient. Millions of dollars of unfunded pension liabilities are sitting on the town books, and we all know what that means in tax dollars. Years ago the civil servant worked for low wages, received job security and was looked after in their old age. Today they are organized and if any city council in B.C. caves into any CUPE demand anywhere in the province, all the municipalities have to contend with the consequences. There are probably a hundred thousand organized CUPE workers in B.C., allied with a million or so across Canada, headed up by bigcity heavyweights that don’t have anything else to do but use pry bars on the public purse. Our council is doing just fine all by their lonesome in their negotiations, Mr. O’Neill. They are looking after the taxpayers’ dollar, which is what we paid them to do.

are needed in support of these public-sector workers, for these workers are the heart and soul of the community and that is what our movement is all about. We cannot continue to allow our communities to be eroded by a privatization agenda introduced and nurtured by Gordon Campbell, enticing unsuspecting municipalities with a “trust me, I know what I’m doing” mantra. We know how well our public services have fared under this leadership. Barry O’Neill is to be applauded for being a champion of building strong communities and speaking passionately about how the privatization machine has been tearing out that heart and soul in communities across the province. And the public has not been silent on this matter, nor will they be silent any time soon. They know a mistake was made with the privatization of the South Okanagan Events Centre and that

The community centre in Kelowna was privatized, and local residents I have talked to that have visited it have given me rave reviews. So don’t roll into town with your big city scare tactics. If the employees at City Hall want to strike it is their choice. The taxpayers of Penticton do not owe your people a job. Like private industry, they should compete or lose it. Even if the community centre was privatized, these same people could still work for the private contractor. But you wouldn’t like that, would you? Private industry has to be cost competitive. They don’t have a bottomless purse like the taxpayer. To our city council, I say stand tall and do what you have to do. The decisions you make on this contract will benefit not only our city but the whole province as well. Elvena Slump Penticton

Where will privatization end?

If the pool is privatized, the theatre will be privatized too. Special interest groups should realize that their costs will probably increase dramatically. Case in point, in 2010 a $1,000 cost to hold Miss Penticton became $10,000 because it had to be held in a privately run facility, with Global Spectrum. So what about the dance schools, choirs, swim clubs and other community groups, where will they get that kind of money?

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council should learn from their mistake and keep the community centre and other venues under total public control. The public will subsidize these facilities because of the “world class, personable and invaluable” (Barry O’Neill) services the public employees provide to the community. While we are not apprised of the bargaining issues, it would appear that a commitment by the city to keep the Penticton Community Centre totally public would put the bargaining back on the rails, on to the fast track (behind closed doors) and hopefully settled peacefully, in time to open the doors of the new publicly owned and operated Penticton Community Centre. In solidarity with CUPE Local 608, Penticton city workers. Brent Voss, president South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council

The council (taxpayers) paid the $9,000 difference for Miss Penticton and tried to cut a deal for other events. Tried. How much money was paid out in grants to that private company? What happens year after year when community events cost the budget an increasing amount? That cost will be trimmed, no money for grants. Community events cannot pay the price asked for by the for-profit companies that will be running our no longer community centre. Will a for profit company hold a Re-Act class in the pool for recovering heart attack patients if they have two participants? Not likely, no profit in that. Will a for-profit company hold a one-on-one swim class for a handicapped child? Not likely, no profit in that. If they could make a profit on it, not many could afford to take those classes. Kids, adults, public groups, private groups, fit people and not-so-fit people will all be effected. I suspect that all of us know that we will have to pay more to use a beautiful new facility. Rumour has it we will be paying for parking too. We have to pay the private company that now looks after the parking meters. If the community centre is privatized we will pay more — how much more and for what standard of service could be mirrored in the deal with the SOEC. Are you willing to lose the heart of the community, pay $5 million-plus a year to Global Spectrum and $5 million-plus a year to a for-profit company for less service or

less affordable service? I thought we elected politicians to manage public services. What will politicians do when all those services are privatized? They will certainly have considerably more time to cut ribbons and use those free tickets they get to costly events. Maybe we could keep them busy reading our emails and listening to us tell them “Leave the pool and theatre alone, our system is not broke.” Lynn Crassweller Penticton

Say No to privatization

Here it comes, its finally here; Council is negotiating but it’s us they should hear. The news is out; And now we must shout, shout, shout! They are planning that our pool be privatized; Now that it’s been revitalized. However will it still be; Full of the amazing programs we hope to see. Our lifeguards truly are amazing; Always, were they gazing. As we swam to and fro; Checking to see our prowess grow. Our programs cater for all ages; And listed activities on so many pages. All levels of humanity swim there; And all are treated with much love and care. People come from far and wide; To enjoy facilities that are offered with pride. That’s what our community centre is all about; So come on everyone we need to shout, shout, shout! Val Gardner Penticton

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Swim club decimated by pool closure I am writing you as the Penticton Pikes Summer Swim Club registrar who has three sons in the club. We ask that Penticton city council votes to open the new pool as scheduled on March 31. Penticton Pikes is a summer swim club that operates from May to August every year. If the pool does not open as scheduled this spring and opens in the fall, we will lose out on another whole season. Our swim club has been absolutely decimated by the closure of the Penticton pool, as last season we lost 75 per cent of our swimmers. I’m afraid our club could not survive another season without the pool in Penticton in operation. Penticton Pikes is the oldest local swim club, as we have been in operation for almost 60 years. We have been to meets where we have noticed 20-year-old records still held by Pikes athletes. It will be very sad and unfortunate if this legacy dies if council votes to delay the opening of the pool.

A dream come true

On Jan. 26, a new largest yet, grand total was raised by Wendy’s Dreamlift Day: $109,382. Wow! There are many reasons why this fundraiser continues to be so successful — year after year. The communities from Penticton to Kamloops and everywhere in between have embraced this day and the cause it supports, namely to send special kids to Disneyland. To all the folks who lined up, sometimes for quite a long time, thank you for your patience, your generosity and your support. To all the media, we couldn’t do this without you. This has become a news story and you have reported it with heart. So, to all of you, thank you for all you do to make this the success it is. To the volunteers who came out to help coordinate the event and to the VIPs who came and gave their time flipping burgers, frying fries, pouring drinks and lots more, a heartfelt thank you for your community involvement. To the Orange County Sheriff’s department who leave sunny (warm) California to come up and help us increase the awareness of this event, thank you so much. Finally, to the wonderful people who work at Wendy’s from Kamloops to Salmon Arm to Vernon to Kelowna to West Kelowna to Penticton, thank you for your generosity. It is unparalleled philanthropy. This is the largest single fundraising day in the country for Sunshine Foundation - Dreams for Kids. All of you come together each year to make dreams come true. Because of all of you, 80 very special children will wing their way to meet Minnie and Mickey next December. On their behalf, thank you. Steve Tuck, past-president Sunshine Foundation B.C. Interior chapter

Down in the dumps

I would like to know how the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen can get away with pushing their services on a small community like Hedley? We had voted a number of times to keep the RDOS out of Hedley, but they got their foot in the door by forcing our private garbage collector out of business and forcing their garbage collecting services upon us. We were to have a vote on how we wanted to pay for their garbage pick up: to go on our taxes or to pay a lump sum at the end of the year for Area G. We voted to have it put on our taxes but that did not happen, we now have to pay a lump sum at the end of the year. Now the RDOS wants to raise our rates by 56 per cent. The only way we found out about this is by RDOS placing a small notice in the local newspaper with no respect to the people who live in Hedley. The RDOS sends us their billing every year to each and every one of us, what-

Normally, Penticton hosts a swim meet each season. This brings hundreds of families and much-needed revenue into our community. How embarrassing it will be for us when all the other summer swim clubs in the province realize we are not hosting a swim meet again this year because our city council has voted to delay the opening of our wonderful, new facility even though it is completed and ready for operation. If the pool opens on schedule as planned and we are able to host a swim meet, what a great opportunity it will be for us to show off our new pool/community centre and city. Pikes was originally attractive to our family as we are busy with other sports during the winter months. We wanted to keep our kids active and we realized that Pikes is a phenomenal maintenance activity for all sports. Pikes encourages multi-sport athletes to swim with our club. As well, we are very much a family-oriented swim club. Our

ever happened to sending us a notice about any increases in their services and fees? One unhappy taxpayer, Jerry Berryere Hedley

Paul Crossley Penticton

Spending habits must change

This pool employee contracting out discussion stinks. As a taxpayer, I endorse my elected officials’ efforts to run as fiscally responsible a city as possible and if that means privatizing the running of our community centre, then so be it. It’s happened before and it will happen again until there is some balance between what I pay in taxes and what my city pays to operate it. Everyone is paying for the fiscal irresponsibility wrought by many years of over spending, over ambitious politicians and highly paid union employees. It’s a fact of life in this 21st century that the old way of doing things hasn’t worked very well and it’s time to change our modus operandi. This isn’t life-threatening stuff. Some will suffer more than others and for them I ache. But I’ve been tightening my belt forever it seems and “they” tell me to keep tightening. It’s not as if your union, Mr. CUPE President, who blows into town and threatens “job action” is being picked on. We all have to change, to do more with less, to be efficient, and to get by the best we can. In case you and your membership have missed it, upper management and administrative staff have also being bleeding. So get real CUPE people. Our city is doing its due diligence, as they say, and unless you start being realistic about what is possible, you are going to lose it all. It’s also pure poppycock to think that the “world class, personable and invaluable services,” as Mr. President characterizes the work of our civic employees, will stop if privatization

Margot Heintz, registrar Penticton Pikes Summer Swim Club

occurs. Yes, costs may rise a bit, but what costs don’t “rise a bit” on a regular basis? Come on Mr. O’Neill, your blustering about “union busting” and scare mongering about diminished value at our community centre is so out of date, so confrontational, so downright unbelievable.

hours of work that were donated and put into for this project. The benefits to the future of the preschool are endless. We only hope to be able to “pay it forward” in the future. Thank you from everyone at Learning for Little People Preschool.

Ron Spence Penticton

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For all of the individuals, politicians, cities, municipalities and regional districts in the South Okanagan who are salivating at profiting from human adversity, I offer the following. The world’s largest democracy, the United States, has more people in prison per capita than any other nation in the world. Using the standard formula that Canada has 10 per cent of whatever the U.S. has, Canada is tarred by the same brush of revenge, punishment, judgment and fear in the name of social justice as the United States. One in three federal prisoners have mental health problems. And to exacerbate this sad state, most of them have drug and or alcohol problems. The main reason for this problem is the lack of will of provincial and federal governments to provide adequate levels of funding for prevention and treatment programs for mental illness. The regional director of Ontario’s correctional ministry stated that “People in correctional facilities have some of the most severe mental illnesses you can possibly find, and their needs haven’t really been met. Recent studies have shown that the federal government’s solution to crime and criminals, creating harsher laws and punishments, will create an increase in the number of prisoners and, thus, a need for more prisons like the one proposed for the Okanagan. When we add on the cost of those high-paying staff jobs to the local economy, the operational costs cannot be justified, despite the lure of an increased tax base. And the funding to provide mental health services for potential and actual offenders will never materialize, a self-fulfilling prophecy. Until one’s basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, safety and belonging are met, one cannot begin to develop beyond the need to survive, cannot meaningfully contribute to society. Consider then, what could be done in B.C. and the Okanagan for those in our society who are daily in a survival mode? What kind of healthy communities would result from supportive intervention as opposed to a punitive mentality for the less fortunate I urge the reader to look at the much bigger picture of how we want to be as individuals, a society and as a nation. A culture that is punitive to those that are denied full equality and not compassionate to all should not be surprised that “those who are denied the power of expression will express themselves in a drive for power.” (Jose Arguelles)

NDP philosophy out of touch

Tom Fletcher’s Jan. 26 column makes for an interesting read. I have never paid much attention to this political party, considering it as inconsequential and a complete waste of time. If his brief and watered-down synopsis of the NDP philosophy is indeed the way this party thinks, it is beyond comprehension why anyone would consider this undemocratic socialist dogma as something that British Columbians or in fact Canadians would consider. Their governance during the ‘90s most definitely hurt investment in B.C. and to this day makes investors leery. Tom is correct in stating that this party is more suited to places like Cuba or Venezuela. We can only hope that the NDP continues its slide into irrelevance so citizens can regain faith in this province.

three sons can all practise at the same time. What other sport offers siblings the chance to practise together, when they are four years apart in age? We go to swim meets together as a family and all the kids, plus my husband, compete. This is so much different than most other sports, where we are running in three different directions most weekends. Penticton Pikes is the ultimate family sport. We as a club cannot risk missing another season in our Penticton pool. We are in the rebuilding process and we need to keep our registration costs affordable to attract new swimmers. Obviously, the temporary closing of the Penticton pool was beyond our club’s control. If the pool does not open as scheduled, we are in great danger of losing a Penticton legacy. I really hope Penticton city council considers what their decision could do to the Penticton Pikes Swim Club.

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Contest benefits preschool

Back in October 2010, Learning for Little People Preschool entered a contest that Scuka Enterprise put on as a way to give back to the community. So when one of our board members found the ad in the paper to apply for this contest, we jumped right on it. Our amazing president, Tiffani Hoolaeff, put everything into the application. There was only supposed to be one grand prize winner. We ended up placing third and were surprised when they announced live that they were going to donate to three finalists. We won a kitchen makeover courtesy of Scuka Enterprises and Century Lane Kitchens, along with the help of All Roc Drywall, Sandhill Mechanical, Sunvalley Electrical, and the 2010/11 board of Learning for Little People Preschool. Part of the reason this was so important to us was that we had a grandfathered licence for the kitchen and we were very worried that we would have to shut our school down if we didn’t mend it or make the necessary improvements. Being a non-profit organization means that it’s very hard to come up with the $20,000 that it would cost to do such a project. Demolition started Dec. 7 and proceeded with all the renovation work involved, upgraded electrical and plumbing and appliances, insulation, drywall, painting, new floors, new cabinets and sink. This project ran right up into Christmas Eve. With many people working long late hours to get all the work finished. The new kitchen exceeded all standards for licensing and was above and beyond what we could have imagined for our school. We are so very grateful to Scuka Enterprises for putting on this amazing contest and choosing our school to be a winner. Also thank you to Century Lane Kitchens, All Roc Drywall, Sandhill Mechanical, Sunvalley Electrical, and the 2010/11 board of Learning for Little People Preschool for all the

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They’re creepy, they’re crawly and they are covered in scales. But people love them, so Cherry Lane Shopping Centre has invited Mike Hopcraft, the Reptile Guy, back for another visit to the mall, along with a few of his friends. Following up on the first event last November, Hopcraft is organizing another Rally for Reptiles at the mall, in support of his rescue efforts and shelter, which contains about a hundred snakes and exotic animals. So he’s bringing representatives of his hundred snakes, lizards, tortoises and other exotic animals to the mall today through Sunday to help raise some much-needed cash for his work. “We’re going to have the most snakes I have even had their before,” said Hopcraft. He’ll also have a four-foot long black throat monitor lizard, which he found living under a house in Surrey last November. “It was very near death it took us about two weeks to find it and catch it … he is just an amazing animal, I am glad he is here now,” he said. “That’s the one that Cherry Land decided to sponsor … we are going to do a naming contest it for it, because I am really bad at naming things.”

Sponsorship is a new feature Hopcraft is offering, allowing donors to pick out one of the animals from his website, and choose a level of sponsorship, receiving in return a certificate and picture of the animal, as well as getting your name listed under the animal on his website, “It is a great way for the community to get involved and help keep the rescue going,” said Hopcraft. He started turning to alternative methods of funding the shelter after changes in provincial regulations prohibited many reptiles, effectively stopping him from exhibiting many of his “main attractions.” “With those animals being prohibited, they are not allowed to be exhibited or on display in any way,” he said. “Down here I was doing a lot of presentations to school and things like that. With those animals not allowed out now, a lot of people don’t want the shows because I can’t bring the lemur and the big snakes.” It also prevents Hopcraft from doing private tours of the 2000 square-foot warehouse he keeps than animals in or taking them out for private functions, two sources of income. “What we need to do, to take those animals out again and to have the facility open to the public again, is I need to get accredit-

ed by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” said Hopcraft. “Which basically means I have to become a zoo, but that takes a lot of money to do.” Hopcraft didn’t start out to run a rescue operation. Along with a partner, he planned to get into breeding and selling reptiles, but soon found another path. “There are so many people breeding so many reptiles and there aren’t enough proper homes for them,” he said. “I really realized the need for rescue or some sort of shelter for the ones that don’t have homes to go to.” Some of the animals Hopcraft collects are just abandoned, others are badly in need of a safe place, like a tortoise and a box turtle whose former owner decided to make some modifications to make it easier to manage. “The owner drilled holes in their shells and installed handles on them so he could pick them up and leash them up outside,” Hopcraft said, admitting that he now has more animals than he would if he was breeding them. “I don’t buy animals anymore, I focus on the rescue side of things,” he said. “If we can get accredited and back to where we were, we’ll be self-sustaining again, it’s just getting to that point.”


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T. G . I . F. Entertainment BARLEY MILL PUB — Karaoke 2.0 every Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 p.m. Thursday: Big Slick Poker at 7 p.m. Watch sports on 23 TVs and one 11-foot screen. COPPER MUG PUB — Big Slick Poker on Sundays at 7 p.m. GREY SAGE PUB — Free pool every Sunday, poker and prizes every Tuesday, music bingo every Wednesday and karaoke every Thursday in the OK Falls Hotel. UFC fights with Silva vs. Belfort on the big screen Saturday and a big Superbowl party Sunday. VOODOO’S — Thursday Night Blues Jam hosts an incredible lineup of musicians from the South Okanagan, both pro and amateur including horns, harmonica players and a number of the best guitarists, drummers and singers in the area.

Concerts Feb. 4, 5 — With two platinum and four gold CDs, a Juno Award and a string of top 10 singles to his credit, Barney Bentall is a veteran of the Canadian music industry. Now, with his latest CD, The Inside Passage, Bentall has reinvented himself with a country-folk-roots sound that he is bringing to the Dream CafÊ in Penticton. Feb. 12, 13 — The Dream CafÊ is preparing for the holiday with Almost Valentine’s Day, featuring Lou Lou and the Scrappers and their dazzling renditions of timeless classics. Feb. 14 — VooDoo’s Lounge presents Johnny Don’t, live in concert. Feb. 18, 19 — The Dream CafÊ presents guitar player Jack Semple, a virtuoso of his art form, playing with unparalleled feeling and total technical control, matching his smooth singing voice. March 19 — Ballet Kelowna brings their spring 2011 tour, Actions Consequences, featuring Auguste Bournonville’s The Flower Festival Pas de Deux and Dvorak Dances, a evocation of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s music.

Events March 19 — Accomplished Canadian guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Steve Dawson specializes in slide and fingerstyle guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, banjo and other stringed instruments and he is headed to Penticton for a gig at the Dream CafÊ. Feb. 4 — Many Hats Theatre presents Opening Night by Norm Forster at the Cannery Stage Theatre at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays and a 2 p.m. matinee until Feb. 19. Tickets for the show are $19 for adults and $17 for students and seniors, available at the Penticton Visitors Centre. Feb. 12 — Restocking the Shelves: In Support of B.C. food banks, a dinner show at Orchard House in Penticton, featuring Alan Jackson tribute artist, Almost Alan. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 each, call 250-488-0048 for more information. Feb. 17, 18 — Italian DJ Benny Benassi continues to tour the world with his unique musical style, mixing house, electro, trance and dance for his own unique sound, stopping at The Mule nightclub for two shows. Feb. 26 — Tickets are on sale now for country star Toby Keith, coming to the South Okanagan Events Centre along with special guests George Canyon and One More Girl. Tickets at SOEC Box Office, the Wine Country Visitor Centre, by phone at 1-877-763-2849 or order online at


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his is a big year for Canada Reads, the national CBC Radio contest which selects the must-read book of the year. This week-long debate features celebrities backing their favourite of the five nominees, debating the merits of each as potential winners are eliminated one by one. But even after 10 years, the annual contest still has some fresh selections to offer. One of the lesserknown entries this year is The Bone Cage by first-time novelist Angie Abdou. This is a book about high-level athletes, written by an athlete and championed by an athlete, former NHL heavyweight and bruiser, Georges Laraque. In The Bone Cage, a swimmer and a wrestler from the University of Calgary make it through a long and gruelling process and are selected for the Olympic team. With just six months left before the competition, Sadie and Digger are pushing their bodies to the limit. For both, the Olympics will be the pinnacle of years of grinding, monotonous and often lonely hours of training. The story isn’t a feel-good read about the road to success. The Bone Cage documents the true deprivation, hardship and heartache that athletes endure simply for a chance to step on the podium. Before each competition Digger and his wrestling mates don plastic suits and ride stationary bikes in the sauna. Attempting to drop kilos, they willingly sweat themselves into severe dehydration. Their lips crack and tongues swell as they attempt to reduce into their weight category. In some cases, they wind up in the hospital instead of on the wrestling mat. At 26, Sadie still lives with her parents so she can wake at 5 a.m. each morning and plunge into the pool. She’s memorized each crack and wad of gum

on the bottom of the pool as she spends hours, days and weeks battling boredom and fatigue, pushing just a bit faster through the water. Right from the beginning, it’s clear that the author, Abdou, is a high-level athlete. Her background as a competitive swimmer brings an authenticity to her compelling descriptions. More than that, the story arc is linear, much like a race, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Abdou reminds us that the finish line for any athlete, whether they reach the podium or not, holds both great joy and a sense of loss. All athletes eventually come to a point when their bone cage fails them and they are, in a sense, defeated. The other books in the Canada Reads contest are: Unless by Carol Shields, The Birth House by Ami McKay, Essex County by Jeff Lemire and The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis. Unless the other celebs are intimidated by Laraque, it’s anybody’s guess who will win next week’s contest.




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Feb. 4

ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has Italian dinner at 5:30 p.m. and Okie Dokie Karaoke by Hal. F RATERNAL O RDER OF Eagles has a dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Entertainment by Total Gin. Proceeds to the Dave Astle Hospice Fund. All members and guests welcome to their hall of 1197 Main St. SENIORS’ COMPUTER CLUB meets at the Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Members

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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. MIKE THE REPTILE Guy will be at Cherry Lane mall from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Get your picture taken with a fourfoot long monitor lizard, seven-foot boa and many more. All proceeds go to the Reptile Guys rescue.


their hats as they invite the public to a Valentines tea gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. THE 2011 PRINCESS Margaret Dry Grad are holding a bottle drive. Drop off your bottles at Princess Margaret School parking lot on Green Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SCREENING MAMMOGRAPHY MOBILE service will be at Summerland Memorial Health Centre (Hospital) Feb. 5 to 8. Call 1-800663-9203 to book an appointment No doctor’s referral needed for women ages 40 to 79.

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ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has crib at 10 a.m., baron of beef at 11 a.m. and a meat draw at 2 p.m. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has hamburgers from noon to 4 p.m., Beaver races also at 4 p.m. All members and guests welcome to the hall on 1197 Main St. ANAVETS HAS DJ music at 6:30 p.m. Dinner by Stu at 5:30 p.m. JEWISH LEARNING CENTRE for Christians at 10 a.m. at St.Andrews Presbyterian FRIENDS OF THE Penticton Museum will show off

CRIBBAGE CONGRESS, grass roots club meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Drop-in Centre on South Main. Call Joe at 250-4935073 for more information. ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has pool at noon with games at 3 p.m. and chili dogs. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has a meat draw at 2:30 p.m. BC SPCA HAS a flea market every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Real Canadian Wholesale Club parking lot, weather per-

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mitting. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Center invites you to an evening of dance with DJ Emil Sajna from 7 to 9 p.m. $3 per person and all is welcome. ANAVETS HAS HORSE races and meat draws at 2 p.m. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has Super Bowl Sunday Mystery Draw at 2:30 p.m. Followed by Super Bowl, plus draws, dart toss, skill games and prizes. Baron of beef with trimmings. Weekend hosted by Mickey, George, Paper Don and crew. All proceeds to Dave Astle Hospice Fund. Note no wings this Sunday. THE CELEBRATION CENTRE and Metaphysical Society has guest speaker Dr. Alex Willis discussing Death and Taxes - A Personal Insight. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. Everyone welcome.


M ENTAL W ELLNESS CENTRE has Brown Bag family support group from noon to 1 p.m. Weekly and individual support for family members from 2 to 4 p.m. FITNESS FRIENDS MEET every Monday in the hall, 502 Martin St at 10 a.m. Come and get in shape, everyone is welcome. Phone Dot 250492-5400. R OYAL C ANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has bridge at 1 p.m. S ENIORS ’ C OMPUTER CLUB has sessions at 439 Winnipeg St. from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call 250493-0789 for more info. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles on 1197 Main St. has the Monday dart league at 7:30 p.m. S ENIORS W ELLNESS SOCIETY has stress and relaxation from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Church on 696 Main St. ANAVETS HAS DART and pool leagues at 7 p.m. WHAT’S THE SUN presentation with Ken Tapping will be at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre of the Okanagan College. Admission is by donation. S OUTH O KANAGAN S ENIORS Wellness Society has leader Selwyn Redivo, Buddhist meditation with eight sessions starting Feb. 7 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 696 Main St. SUMMERLAND YACHT C LUB is showing Seducing Dr. Lewis at 7 p.m.



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AL-ANON has a meeting for friends and family, men’s only at 7 p.m. at the United Church. Call 250-490-9272 for info. D ROP - IN S ENIORS ’ CENTRE has beginner’s line dancing at 9 a.m. scrabble at 10 a.m., carpet bowling at 10:45 a.m. and intermediate to advanced line dancing and duplicate bridge at 1 p.m.




group meets Tuesdays 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Call 250-4621044 for details. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles on 1197 Main St. has euchre starting at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome. TOPS B.C. 4454 meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the basement of the Bethel Church, 945 Main St. Phone Tina at 250-7701613 or Susan at 250-4965931 for more information. SENIORS’ DROP-IN CENTRE has intermediate line dancing at 9 a.m. and a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. SQUARE DANCE CLUB has mainstream, plus and

round dancing from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. at the Seniors’ Drop-in Centre. Call 250493-8274 for info. PENTICTON CONCERT BAND holds rehearsals every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dixieland, Broadway, big band music, classical and more. New members welcome. Phone Gerald at 250-809-2087 for info. ANAVETS IS HOSTING karaoke with Hazel at 5:30 p.m. Stu’s kitchen open. THE PEACH BLOSSOM Chorus invites the public to participate in the Joy of Barbershop Harmony. Join any or every Tuesday evening. Experience not necessary, just a voice in tune from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Victory Church on 352 Winnipeg St. Call 250-4923032 or 250-494-0815. S OUTH O KANAGAN TOASTMASTERS meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Best Western in Osoyoos. Become a more confident speaker. Call Corinne at 250-689-0676 for details. VICTORY CHURCH OF Penticton has a weekly men’s breakfast Bible study Tuesdays at 6 a.m. at Debbie’s Diner. PENTICTON PIECEFUL EVENING Quilt Guild meets the second and fourth

Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre on 2965 South Main St. For more info call Treena 250497-8901 or Fran 250497-7850. AL-ANON for friends and family of alcoholics meets at 10:30 a.m. at 2800 South Main and 6:45 p.m. on 431 Winnipeg St. Use entrance to right of main door. 8 p.m. at the Anglican Church in Okanagan Falls. Call 250-490-9272 for information. SENIOR’S COMPUTER CLUB on 439 Main St. has sign up day for membership renewals with registration for March and April classes at noon to 1 p.m. in the main hall. Call 250-770-7848 for info. M ENTAL W ELLNESS CENTRE has individual support for family members in Summerland from 10 a.m. to noon. at 13211 Henry St. P E N T I C T O N PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB welcomes all photographers for slide shows, speakers, tips and networking every fourth Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Penticton

Museum.More info at pentictonphotoclub@ $5 drop-in, $50/yr. O KANAGAN S OUTH SENIORS Wellness Society has leader Lori Landon, Parlons Francaise with six sessions starting Feb. 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on 696 Main St. PENTICTON ACADEMY OF Music has the children’s choir under the direction of Joanne Forsyth for children ages five to 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and a Music Ladies Choir from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Leir House on 220 Manor Park Ave. New members welcome. THE PENTICTON WOMEN In Business luncheon is at Bar One at The Sandman Hotel on Westminster on Feb. 8. Please note the change of venue. Members $20. Guests $25. Any bookings submitted after Feb.4 will be subjected to a surcharge. Please bring name tags, business cards, pens and your own materials and information. Support this by wearing something red or pink. Penticton Museum brown bag lectures has Ken Favrholdt talking about Osoyoos

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HOME AND RENO Show presented by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association South Okanagan is being held Feb. 11 to 13 at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. First show of the season and biggest in the Okanagan. $4 admission includes an eco-friendly tote bag and an entry to win a garden shed and garden tools. More info call 250-4930001 or visit www.chbaso. org BC SPCA HAS a Please Don’t Have A Litter event on Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s $30 for non-Kids Club members and $25 for Kids Club members. Register at the Penticton shelter. Seven days notice required to cancel. For more info, contact Tracy Westmoreland at 250493-0136. PRINCESS MARGARET SECONDARY Horseshoe Theatre will be performing Ronald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Feb. 15 to 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

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Hit with injuries and illness, the Penticton Vees were dealt another blow this time by the BCHL. Captain Derik Johnson was suspended three games after being given a match penalty late in the third during a 7-2 loss to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Jan.31. The suspension keeps Johnson out until Feb. 12. Vees coach-GM Fred Harbinson thought Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penalty should be anywhere between a two to a fiveminute boarding penalty. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it being a match penalty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m frustrated about, I look at it and I see that we had Myles McCauley sit two games for a penalty where a guy finished on the power play on that same penalty,â&#x20AC;? explained Harbinson, noting he understands the league has a tough job to do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see three of our guys miss now over 10 mangames combined or more between (Troy) Stetcher, (Mark) MacMillan and (Garrett) Milan and only a two-minute penalty being called on the three of those situations. Now Derik makes a hit and granted it was

definitely a penalty â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could have been a major, now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to sit three games. It seems like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going from one standard to the next. Unfortunately, it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gone our way once.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is probably not a whole lot I can say to stick up for what happened,â&#x20AC;? said Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an emotional game. Five games in six days, everyone was a bit irritated and the way the game was going, stuff like that happens, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to condone my actions whatsoever.â&#x20AC;? The Vees are also without the services of forwards Milan and MacMillan who suffered head injuries in the first period against the Victoria Grizzlies. The Vees lost that game 3-2 in double overtime. The Vees played the Bulldogs with just 10 forwards. The Vees practiced on Thursday as half the team became ill with the flu near the end of the road trip that saw them go 2-2-0-1. Harbinson felt the trip was going well until those situations arose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was real proud of our guys against a good team like Victoria to get that point,â&#x20AC;? said Harbinson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

only game that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do well in was the final game (against Alberni Valley) of the trip. An afternoon game and you have all those guys out. Guys overused, by that time the sickness had kicked in. It sounds like a thousand excuses.â&#x20AC;? A positive was the play of affiliate player Carter Rigby of Penticton. In the four games the member of the Osoyoos Coyotes played, he collected three assists. Harbinson liked how Rigby performed and met with the family on Wednesday to discuss if there was interest in Rigby joining the Vees for the rest of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a physical presence, a strong kid on the puck,â&#x20AC;? said Harbinson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously he has offensive ability. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a kid that can definitely help us down the stretch.â&#x20AC;? Focus now shifts to Friday and Saturday games against the Trail Smoke Eaters and Vernon Vipers in Vernon. Harbinson said the weekend â&#x20AC;&#x153;is going to be a real gut checkâ&#x20AC;? with everything that has happened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know what we can do when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re healthy and I like where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at,â&#x20AC;? said Harbinson, whose team trails the Vipers by four points with one game in hand.

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Under sunny skies with family support, Summerlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kristi Richards placed third during the International Ski Federation World Championships in Deer Valley, Utah on Wednesday. Richards took advantage of an impeccable, yet challenging course to score a 23.71, while teammate Jennifer Heil, in her final season, won gold with a score of 24.35 and American Hannah Kearney second at 24.31. Richards said the 250-metre course, one of the steepest on the tour, felt tough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was up there enjoying the moment, enjoying the

fact that my parents and my family were in the crowd and just enjoyed the Deer Valley course,â&#x20AC;? said Richards, adding her result simply meant she performed well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also have the dual moguls on Saturday night so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to that.â&#x20AC;? The result has given Richards confidence that if she does her best, she can stand on the podium. It was also announced on Wednesday that Richards is an ambassador for ActNow BC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ActNow BC program is really great,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It connects with so many different schools and kids around the province. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing and to be able to share my stories and hopefully inspire other kids.â&#x20AC;?




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Defeating Skaha Lake Middle School 36-21 in the final netted the KVR Express Grade 8 girls team the 2011 KVR Hooper Bowl. Express coach Blair Haddrell said his player’s work ethic was the key the entire weekend. “No matter the score, they focused on playing hard and keeping the intensity,” he said. The Express utilized their team speed and size to defeat Grand Forks 51-7, Princeton 48-27 and Abbotsford 49-18 to push them into the final. Haddrell’s group is made up of rookies. From time to time, he said,

their inexperience pokes through. “It has been a great year with the girls working incredibly hard and doing a lot of really good things,” said Haddrell, who has guided the Express to a 22-4-0 record. “Skaha Lake is a very aggressive team that applies pressure for the entire 32 minutes. We were able to do a good job of battling through this pressure but we committed way too many turnovers and will have to work to clean that up.” Haddrell did see improvement in his team defensively as they have worked on that all season. Annie Plant led the charge on the offensive end. She was able to drain

five three pointers over the weekend and averaged 12 points and six assists per game. “She sees the floor very well and is never afraid to shoot the ball,” said Haddrell of Plant, who was named among the players of the tournament. “She likes the pressure of being the opponents defensive focal point because she likes to pass the ball to her open teammates.” Also helping the Express offensively and named player of the tournament was Chantelle Mozart coming off the bench. She used her great hands to start break-outs as well as her size and strength to her advantage.

The Express coach was also pleased with Tessa Lannon, Lily Stocker, and Carleigh Dean who were recognized as players of the tournament. They stepped up their games and were challenged with facing the opposition’s top guards. Because the trio plays differing styles, they were effective in getting the opposition off their game. Jordyn Kowalchuk of the Express was awarded

an all-star medal for her great play with the ball. “She has worked hard to improve her defensive positioning and wants to take on tough defensive assignments,” said Haddrell. The girls team is off to Lumby this weekend for a tournament then the playoffs follow the next weekend. On the boys side, the KVR Express finished fourth out of six teams.

They defeated Grand Forks and Kalamalka and lost to Abbotsford and Sahali, both very good teams. Tournament allstar went to Colin Eden, who did a great job of leading the offence with his excellent ball handling. JJ Stoll, Derek Schenk, Cam MacArthur, Connor Walkinshaw and Paul Garcha put in strong efforts for the Express. “We were short five players over the week-

end but the boys really stepped up,” said Express coach René Aubin. “They learned a lot playing against some tough competition.” Skaha Lake defeated a tough Abbotsford team in the final 42-31. A balanced lineup has helped the boys team become strong. The ability to play with speed is expected to help them have a successful South Okanagan playoffs.

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JORDYN KOWALCHUK fights for possession of the ball during the KVR Express’s opening game of the Hooper Bowl last Friday. The girls were perfect in four games and won the tournament.

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Bert Troyer is a Penticton Curling Club legend


he score is 8-6 in the seventh end for the Blue Stones, red has the hammer. Bert Troyer lines up to throw his last red stone and bring it into the four-foot to count two and tie the game. Someone from the stands yell “that Bert Troyer shoots a deadly rock with that stick.” Yes, Bert uses a stick for throwing; using the stick for only two months he has mastered the technique quickly. Bert was born in Summerland in 1926, and moved to Grand Prairie, Alta when he was just 18 months old. Bert’s mother went so far as giving him the initials B.C., Bert Clarence. Bert owned his own construction company much of his working life and held a private pilots license and owned his own plane.

A role model member of the Penticton Curling Club, he displays a dedication to the sport with exceptional good sportsmanship both on and off the ice. He has been of member of the Penticton Curling Club (previously known as the Granite Club) for over 44 years. Bert learned to curl in Grand Prairie at the age of 15, his teacher, Art Dalish was a Brier competitor in the late 1930’s. Bert and his wife Rosemarie, played in many bonspiels together, even won the Western in the 90s when there were 60-plus teams. Bert is no stranger to the world of competitive curling as he has won the Senior Men’s Zones four times and the Legion Zones six times. In 1982, he took his team to a victory at the Provincial

and then stole one in the 10th to win the Provincial title. His team went on to the National Legion Dominion Championship in Estevan, Sask. losing in the finals to home team. The Penticton Curling Club has recognized only a few members for our “life-time membership” wall of fame. Bert Troyer is one of those members. He was honoured in 2008 with a life-time membership for his significant contributions to the club. You can find Bert at the club at least three days a week, but once the weather warms up you will find him at Twin Lakes Golf Course. Although he is down to four games of golf a week, he still manages to pull off a 20-plus handicap. Bert, you are our curl-


Legion Dominion Championship in Prince Rupert. Bert recalls the game as though he played it yesterday. “We were down six points in the eighth end and were ready to shake (10 end games were played),” he said, adding the never-give-up attitude of their skip kept them in the game. “Let’s just put the rocks in the house and see what we can do.” In the ninth end, Bert had a free draw for six

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Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no ifs ands or buts about it, Cam Lawton simply loves beer. It was based on that passion he helped build Bayleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BrewHaHa, a home wine and beer making business that started out in Penticton over five years ago. When he took over from his father as owner last year, Lawton expanded with new stores in West Kelowna, Kelowna, Osoyoos and Langford. His commitment to quality and customer satisfaction earned him the Young Entrepreneur Award at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Business Excellence Awards from the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was surprised,â&#x20AC;? said Lawton of hearing his name called at Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awards ceremony. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of fun here and we want to share that with the community. We have such a great staff and customers who come through those doors.â&#x20AC;? While Mayo the bull dog greets customers as they come in, the company is named after

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pretty humorous so we just went with it.â&#x20AC;? Along with the unique name, he has created an atmosphere to go along with it. Lawton made a boutique environment catering to those who enjoy premium wine, beer and other beverages. Each store is built

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They have been mistaken as a gym and a place that only serves to those looking for manual labour. WorkZone, the employment services and resource centre, wants to dispel those myths. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, we had one person come in thinking we were a gym, the work out zone,â&#x20AC;? laughs WorkZone general manager Verlaine Murphy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is the big misconception that WorkZone only deals with manual labour. We deal with everyone from the top professional all the way down to that young worker looking for their first job. We also deal a lot with at-risk youth and have a special team involved with them. We have had people here that have run their own business and have been in senior management with government. We cover the whole gamut.â&#x20AC;? WorkZone provides a variety of free employment resources and services for anyone looking for work, assessing career options, or considering training or selfemployment. Each office offers access to

computers and the Internet, resume writing and career planning software, fax and photocopy machines, job postings, message boards, newspapers and a library of information on labour market trends and job profiles. Murphy said with three local agencies closing their doors, including the Career and Business Development Network and the French services, they are working to tweak programs at WorkZone to assist those who will be now coming through their offices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are fortunate because we have Tina Head, who did run CBD for awhile, and she is leading the introduction of what we need to change and tweak for professionals who come in looking for help. We are also fortunate because we have a staff of 46 people covering the South Okanagan. In that pool we have got a huge number of people with their bachelor degrees, social work degrees, people with their masters and PhDs all on our staff. And, the last time I counted up we have people that spoke 17 different languages between us all,â&#x20AC;? said Murphy. Murphy said in 2012 the province has a new plan coming into effect and will

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An investment of $60,000 for bursaries will help keep students in the forefront of technology at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College. CIBC announced last week they will provide the funds for six student bursaries at the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation over a span of five years. “You are investing in the fastest growing college in the province of British Columbia,” said Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton. “You are investing in the Centre of Excellence that is going to allow 500 more students to study on campus in Penticton. The focus of this is very timely because it allows Okanagan College to assume a leadership position internationally. “This building has now gained international attention because what we are doing in this building is launching a bunch of new programs that focus on sustainable building technologies. This means our students will be at the forefront of that emerging wave in the construction industry. What you are really investing in with this fund — students who are going to be at the forefront of that wave.” The Centre of Excellence will provide trades and technology training and professional development focused on sustainable building technologies and processes.

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CIBC REPRESENTATIVES Kendall Gross (left), Adriana Saccon, John Egyed and Shelly Kazimirowich present $60,000 for student bursaries to Cory Nelmes, Okanagan College Penticton campus chair of students union, Jim Hamilton, Okanagan College president, and Jim Henderson, Okanagan College Foundation president.

Construction of the building is set to be complete this March. The new bursaries will provide educational and training opportunities for the people of the South Okanagan and beyond. The six bursaries, each valued at $2,000, will be dispersed over the next five years. “With this gift, over the next five years, we will be giving out a minimum of $55,000 back to this community and I think that is fantastic,” said Jim Henderson, president of the Okanagan College Foundation. “This past four years the foundation has given back to the students at Okanagan College, from all the campuses, in excess of $1 million and that is a phenomenal number. That only comes from the support of organizations

like (CIBC).” The entrance awards will be administered to students demonstrating financial need and preference will be given to residents of the Okanagan, Similkameen and Kootenay regions. Students in several programs will qualify for the new bursary. John Egyed, associate vice-president of CIBC South Okanagan—Kootenays, said CIBC has multi-year commitments of $19 million to Canadian universities and colleges. “We feel very strongly in investing in access to education and we believe it has a positive social and economic impact in the building of healthy communities,” said Egyed.

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Education/Trade Schools


John Thomas Braithwaite passed away Friday, January 28, 2011 at Summerland Seniors Village at the age of 87. Thomas was born in Vancouver BC in 1923. His early years were played out on the city’s east side, a grand and carefree place for a boy to grow up. He married his childhood sweetheart, Jewel Crighton, in 1942. Thomas joined the Seaforth Highlanders at the outset of WWII and served overseas with the Lake Superior Regiment. The war years over, Thomas worked on the tugs in Vancouver and Ocean Falls for four years before re-enlisting in the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry. With an early retirement as Captain in 1963, he began his second career as a fine artist. His paintings hang in many private collections and galleries throughout BC. Thomas will be forever honoured as a tender, loving husband, fine father, friend and mentor to many and a gentleman to all. He will be remembered fondly as a lover of good wine, fine food, a ‘wee drop of whisky’ and as the best damn chicken painter in the Okanagan Valley. Predeceased by his mother, Lottie, father, John Edmund, beloved wife Jewel and much loved son Tom (Annie), Thomas will be deeply missed by his two daughters Fern Van Horn (Jim) and Melody Hamblin, daughter-in-law Annie Braithwaite and son-inlaw Dan Hamblin. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a large circle of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family wishes to thank the staff and residents at Summerland Seniors Village for the kindness and respect shown to our Dad for the past two years. No funeral service by request “just get together to say goodbye” Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements in care of First Memorial Funeral Services, (250) 762-2299.





Help Wanted 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 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. Kiddie Hall Child Care Center Penticton has positions available for fully licensed ECE staff, we have spaces available for 30 months to school age, filling up fast, call Heather, (778)476-5963, 250490-7078, drop resumes off at 104-166 Main St. OTH Enterprises Inc. is currently hiring Lease Operators. 2 Tridem and 5 Super Train for BC & Western Canada. Need to have newer model equipment and a clean abstract. Need to be fluent in English. Call 1-800-667-3944 or (250)983-9401 Larry or Dennis SALMON ARM GM is able to offer an exciting career move for only the best Automotive Service Technician to join this dynamic winning team. Contact Mike Gray, Service Manager (1-888)970-9781 or SEASONAL Laborer positions in Local Orchard (Winfield). No exp nec. Must have own transp. Applicant must be capable of physically demanding (inc heavy lifting) work in all weather cond. 6-7 days/wk, 10-12 hrs/day begin approx July 1st. Work incl tree planting, pruning & fruit harvesting. Pay $9.28/hr. Apply by fax: 250-766-0813 or email:

Home Care/Support Comfort Hair Zone, Personalized haircare home services for seniors, call Melissa, 250487-0195

Medical/Dental RMT NEEDED Well established multidisciplinary clinic. A great location, laundry included. 250-545-7107, 260-2627

Sales RV SALES REP is required at Voyager RV Centre in Win field. Here’s a rare opportunity to join the team at BC Interiors Largest RV Dealer. Sell from a full lineup of top selling RVs by Jayco, Itasca, Northern Lite, Keystone, Dutchmen, Lance and more! Great wage potential, with benefits! Full time, No Evenings! Must be good team player, with positive, energetic personality to fit our Values. Fax resume Attn: Sales Manager 250-766-4640 or email

Work Wanted




Pets & Livestock

Pets & Livestock

Financial Services


Home Improvements


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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.

Painting & Decorating

Feed & Hay

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

ALL TYPES of hay for sale! all in medium squares (3x4x8). For all your Dairy, Horse, Feeder Hay needs, visit or call Cale @ 403-635-0104. Delivery available and Min order is a semi-load.

Great Pyrenees/Newfoundland pups, beautiful coats, conf., temp., vacc. dewormed, to approved homes, $800. 250-542-2517, 250-309-0049

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. REDUCE DEBT by up to 70% Avoid bankruptcy. Free consultation. BBB accredited. 250-860-1653

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

ABOUT to Renovate? We do renovations, designs & drawings. For all your reno needs call 250-488-2987

Landscaping Be Water Wise

Mr. Aerator

Personal Care FREE Flowers: delivered! Gift with any Permanent Cosmetics during Feb also $50 off! Safe, effective and beautiful for Lips, Brows and Eyes. Also Skin Therapy. Healthboard Approved Call: 778-478-0128

Accounting/Tax/ Bookkeeping BOOKKEEPER, Accountant recommended, quality bookkeeping. Over 20 yrs exp. Simply Accntg & QuickBooks 250-487-9377, 250-762-0229.

Cleaning Services Abesolutely Klean, It’s the little things that count, residential/commercial, new construction, licensed 250-328-8189

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 One call we do it all. New construction /interior/exterior renovations. 250-981-1253.

Misc Services HOT TUB COVERS . 3” high density foam . Extra Aluminum Reinforcement . Marine vinyl . Custom fit to any tub . We will measure your tub & deliver at no charge

Penguin Mfg. 250-493-5706

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


Help Wanted

Help Wanted


Kerry’s Kleaning, residential and commercial, errand services available,(250)460-2368

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.

Mature reliable housekeeper, with references looking for work, (250)276-6407



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Home Improvements


• Basement • Bath • Kitchen Finishing Remodels Remodels • Tile Work • Decks • Painting • Drywall • Plumbing • Much More Licensed, Bonded & Insured INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND LOCALLY OPERATED

Now serving all the South Okanagan, Summerland, Penticton, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos

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

Tree Services

Pets & Livestock

Ever consider Property Management as a future vocation? Locke Property Management Ltd. has an opening for an active mature Penticton resident who will make a long-term commitment to Property Management. It’s challenging, it’s interesting. We will provide a training program in conjunction with a mandatory licensing course. Preference will given to an applicant who has an existing Property Management License or can obtain one. This is a permanent full-time position.

For further details, apply in person to: Locke Property Management Ltd. 528 Main St., Penticton

A Community where Health & Happiness are a Way of Life

Expressions of Interest are being sought for:

Qualified Professionals to Provide HAIRDRESSING/ESTHETICIAN SERVICES The Hamlet’s at Penticton provides a Campus of Care for residents requiring 24 hour Complex Nursing Care or Assisted Living services. We are receiving Expressions of Interest from qualified professionals who are interested in renting on-site space at our facility to provide Hairdressing and a variety of Esthetician/Spa services for our residents as well as the general public. Interested parties should provide a written description of the services to be provided, the charges for those services and the expected rental arrangements. Please submit to: Kathy Giene, General Manager 103 Duncan Avenue Penticton, BC V2A 2Y3 Fax: (250) 490-8523 Closing Date: February 21, 2011 Thank you to all interested providers. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Feed & Hay EXCELLENT horse hay, Alfalfa grass. Will deliver from Osoyoos to Summerland. Call 250-497-8409 Feed for sale. Round bales, barley haylage, & grass alfalfa mix hay. 250-546-6076 eves.

Farm Services

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.


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


BELCAN Painting & Renos

Accounting/Tax/ Bookkeeping

1-800-88-Handy (1-800-884-2639)

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


Nutrition Tree Centre welcomes new customers for weight loss & wellness. Call 778-476-3833 Penticton

Accounting/Tax/ Bookkeeping

Home Improvements

Ricklyn Renos, Installation specialists in Tile, Hardwood and Laminate products. For fast clean friendly service call 250-490-5630, References available

RENOVATIONS, decks, garages, fences, retaining walls. Dirty jobs our specialty, garbage hauls, demolitions. Anything anytime, licensed & Insured 250-809-1454

Home Improvements

REFACE Countertops. 1/2 the Cost of Replacing. Granite & Corian Designs. 470-2235.

Professional Income Tax Preparation

Four Seasons Yard Maintenance now taking bookings for aeration and garden rototilling, (250)492-0805 Fully experienced pruner; fruit trees, ornamentals, evergreen hedges, landscapes, reference list and picture portfolio available, call Gerald at 250493-5161 Will pay cash for established Lawn & Yard Care business between Penticton and Osoyoos, Leave message at 250493-2965


Mature responsible male looking for early morning work in penticton, very experienced at out-side cleaning and maintenance of commercial sites, RCMP record check avail., Terry, 250-490-3685


Lawn & Garden

Painting specials; rooms, condos, best prices, 40 years experience, free estimates, seniors discount, phone Dave today (250)497-7912

ADORABLE Bichon Frise pups. F: $500, M: $400 No cheques plz. 250-767-2471

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. PUREBRED Affenpinscher (monkey terrier) pups. Ready to go. Black & belge or solid black. $600. 250-376-1878 Tiny Maltipoo puppies, only 2 left, 1 M, 1 F, now shedding, 7 wks old, very dedicated, $450 each, 250-488-7619 after 6pm

Boxer Pups - 3 brindle female pups, born Oct 28th/2010, $850. 250-260-6039.

Merchandise for Sale

Chocolate & black lab puppies $300 250-492-2359 or 250-486-4551

Antiques / Vintage

Golden retriever puppies, ready for Spring Break, $500, 1st shots and vet checked, (250)493-6350

TELEPHONE collection 30+. Sealer Collection, insulators. For serious collectors or buyers only, no looky loos. 250493-5881

Farm Services

Farm Services

A & G Vineyard Management Ltd. We can help with all jobs big or small

• Pruning • Consulting • Maintenance • Irrigation • Developing Vineyards Vineyard Supplies: Bird Nets, Posts & Wire

FREE ESTIMATES Balwinder. S. Aulakh

250-498-1335 Help Wanted

Sant. S. Gill


Help Wanted

Help Wanted

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Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate


Apt/Condos for Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

Homes for Rent

Suites, Lower


3BDRM, 2 bath, quiet Westbench area, 5-appl, n/s, n/p. $1300+util. 250-486-7768 3bdrm house in Osoyoos, 1200sqft. with detached garage/workshop, incl. 6appl., $850/mo.+util. (778)516-2227 5bdrm house, 3bath, ns, np, double carport, big yard, near Cherry Lane, $1700+util. (250)486-2032, 250-490-3023 IMMAC 2BDRM Rancher, steps to beach access, sunroom, g/f, a/c, all appl.,large lot, det garage, avail now/March 1st. Located on the Westside of Kelowna in the Fintry a small Lakeside comm off Westside Rd,35 min to d/t Kelowna or 35 min., to Vernon. Long term, resp., tenant, n/s, RR, pets neg. $1200 mon. Please call 1-604-862-8039. KALEDEN 3 Bdrm, 2 bthrm, lkvw house, 5 appl., fmly room, 2 ďŹ replcs, sunroom, 1 car garage, NS, NP preferred, $1400. + utilities. 250-4972024 lakeview house, 4bdrm, 2ba, all appl., central vac, heat pump, good long term or short term renters welcome, rent very dependant on refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s provided, (250)497-6772 Olalla, 55+ park, 2bdrm+den, quiet and private location, small pet ok, avail. immed., (250)499-2332 Summerland - 2-3 bdrm , centrally located. Ideal for quiet professional couple or single person. NS, NP. $900. p/m. 250-768-4695 Summerland - 2+ bdrm heritage home. NS, NP. $1200. p/m + utilities. Rural location, lake view. Ref.Good for professional couple. Available March 1/11. Call evenings. 250-494-1308

1bdrm, bright, ground level suite, np, ns, hydro/cable/util. incl., 6appl., laundry. Avail Feb. 1, $750, (250)490-9384 1bdrm daylight basement suite, suits single quiet person, laundry, heat, light included, $650/mo., ns, np, 250-7708324 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 Wiltse Blvd, 2bdrm basement, ns, np, $900/mo., (250)4600081



Misc. for Sale

EXTREMELY LOW PRICES on popular BRAND NAMES because of slight scratch and dent.

MOVING must downsize. Antique buffet $300, bdrm suite w/queen sz quilted mattress all for $450 250-493-8842 NEW queen orthopedic pillowtop, mattress and box, still in plastic cost $1250. Must sell $350. King-size $595. Can deliver 250-488-4677 SOFA beds blue or brown $75, brandnew mattress & boxspring sets, factory sealed in bags, queen $299. Call 250492-3888 TODDLER bed for sale Cherry red wood, excellent shape, comes with mattress and mattress sheets $100.00. Phone 250-488-6877

BRAND new 5 stage reverse osmosis water ďŹ ltration system. Retail price: $795. Now: $250. Call 250-863-1544 Estate Sale, loveseat $250, lift assist chair $400, chesterďŹ eld + chair light beige, 22â&#x20AC;? tv w/remote $50, entertainment centre, dresser $50, Reese 4 way pivot 5th wheel hitch, 10,000lbs load leveler + other items. Open to reasonable offers 250-770-7800 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. Washer/Dryer set starting at $399 Ranges starting at $299 LG TV 50â&#x20AC;? $599

CANADIAN LIQUIDATORS #104 2100 Dartmouth Rd, Pent, 250-490-0554 1-877390-0554

Why buy retail? When you can buy BELOW WHOLESALE

I Robot Roomba vaccuum, still in box, $125, 778-515-4553

Auctions BIG M TACK Auction Sale - Feb 26, 12noon at 5765 Falkland Rd. Falkland, BC, behind the pub. Selling tack, saddles, tools, antiques & much more. Consignments wanted. No buyers fee. (250)379-2078 or 604850-4238. Visa, MasterCard & Interac.

Garden Equipment Garden start rototiller, 5hp, rear tine, locking hubs, $700obo, 778-515-4553

Heavy Duty Machinery

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

Free Items FREE. Must ďŹ nd a new home for a pair of very healthy indoor Siamese cats cared by single person. Both ďŹ xed & declawed. Have records since birth. Will supply all their needs including food + litter. Reason:Not allowed in new residence. Can you help? 250493-8842 Free: pair of Sklar swivel rockers. 250-493-6151

Firewood/Fuel LODGEPOLE Pine. Split, dry, delivered. Ted 250-276-5415 or cell 250-486-7300

A-STEEL Shipping Containers/Bridges Super Sale On NowNew/Used/Damaged. BEST PRICES. 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;24â&#x20AC;&#x2122;,40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;,45â&#x20AC;&#x2122;,48â&#x20AC;&#x2122;,53â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Insulated Reefer Containers 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;48â&#x20AC;&#x2122;53â&#x20AC;&#x2122; CHEAP 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Farmers Specials all under $2,200! Semi Trailers for hi way & storage. We are Overstocked, Delivery BC & AB 1-866-528-7108 Call 24 hours

Medical Supplies IN Osoyoos used hospital bed, good condition w/mattress $250 ďŹ rm. 250-999-1522 or 509-723-4385 SHOPRIDER scooters & power chairs, lift chairs, walkers & ramps, new & used. Shoprider Dealer, 250-5423745, 1-888-542-3745

Furniture DELUXE mattress, new still in plastic w/warranty, sell for $280. 250-488-4677 LOVESEAT, chair + ottoman, excellent cond $250 obo. 250493-2196


Misc. for Sale RIGIDFOAM Insulation, 2 x 5 10/ bundle $15ea bundle. Call 250-862-8682, 1660 Cary Rd

Furniture B

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Misc. Wanted Animal mounts, life size mounts, head mounts, Bear rugs & hides. (250)545-9550 Passionate Coin Collector Wants to buy your Coins, Silver, Sets & Collections. Pls call Chad 250-863-3082

Musical Instruments February Music Blow out, CB Drum set with cymbals, $369.99, Acoustic guitar, $99, guitar strings, $4.99, all Blue Ray movies, $4.99, much much more, Pawn Traders, 71 Nanaimo Ave.,250-490-3040 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 Rental clearance of PA, lighting, drums, keyboards, amps, and instruments. Skaha Sound, (250)492-4710

Real Estate Acreage for Sale 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 (250)-269-7328

Apt/Condos for Sale 1 & 2bdrm Condos for sale, secure building, renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, close to downtown, from $149,000. Vernon. 250-826-2284 2BDRM, 2bth, adult only condo, 2nd ďŹ&#x201A; w/mountain view, oak kitchen w/wrap around deck. Close to DT $220,000. 250-493-6926 250-493-0805

Brandon Park Condo, private, ground level, (no stairs), spacious and bright, over 1500sqft, newly renovated, 3bdrm, 2 full bath (one with jacuzzi), gas fp, brand new heat pump and AC system, new appliances, kitchen with separate eating area and patio space, dining room, laundry room, heated single garage, 55+, very low strata, small pet with committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval, $345,000 obo, (250)492-2929

Business for Sale WANTED to buy Landscape Lawncare business in Okanagan, prefer Vernon area, Call Maurice or Linda 250-2603110, 250-938-9801

Houses For Sale ******* Where smart sellers meet smart buyers! View Thompson Okanagan properties for sale.// Selling? No Commission. (250) 545-2383 or 1-877-291-7576 $258,000 Perfect starter home on family street, vacant 3bdrm, 1bth 990sqft home, new paint, laminate ďŹ&#x201A;, 5appl., laundry & extra room in basement, wired workshop w/loft, not far to beach, close to schools, call Wendy, (250)809-8197, Penticton 5 BDRM house, close to mall & school. 250-493-6523

Mobile Homes & Parks 2011 CANADIAN Dream Home 3 bed/2 bath, 1512 sqft, CSA-Z240 $109,950 includes delivery and set up in lower BC, 877-976-3737 or 509-4819830 m/images/email_jan2.jpg

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 1 & 2 bdrm, newly renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d suites. Secured access, util incl, near hospital, bus route and close to all amenities, n/p, n/s 250-770-1331 1bdrm, 150 Skaha Pl. quiet peaceful surrounding, n/p, $675+ electric (250)276-9394 2BDRM, 2bath, quiet 2nd ďŹ&#x201A;oor corner suite with balcony in the Ellis, 6 appl, a/c, u/g parking, N/S, N/P. $1100/mnth. 250-493-8944

Apt/Condos for Sale

REALTY EXECUTIVES PENTICTON APARTMENTS: $650 $625 $775 $775 $900 $1000 $1000 $1000 $1100

$100 reduction on 1st months rent with 6 mth lease 1 bdrm f, s, grd ďŹ&#x201A;r. Avail. Now (A304) 1 bdrms $100 off 1st months rent, f, s, elevator, coin-op laundry. Avail. Now (EFR) 2 bdrm at 130 Skaha Pl. one bath, south facing, coin-op laundry, near Skaha beach. Avail. Now (A372) 2 bdrm on the corner of Sydney and Churchill, 1 bath, f, s, coin-op Laundry. Avail. Feb 1 (A334-2) 2 bdrm on Dynes Ave., 2 bath, 2 parking spots, gas fp, upstairs unit, f, s, w.d. Avail. mid Jan. (A350) Brand New, 1bdrm + den condo near dwntwn, 6 appl., 2 parking spots, 6 month lease reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Avail. Now (A426) 55+ large 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo, near downtown, secâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d parking, extra storage, 1yr Lse reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Avail. Now (A424) Large 2 bdrm top ďŹ&#x201A;r condo, 3 balconies, secâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d parking, extra storage in suite. Avail. Now. Rent is negotiable (ot425) The Verana, 2nd ďŹ&#x201A;r, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appl., grass patio, secâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d parking. Avail. Feb. 1 (ot431)

HOUSES: $750 $975 $985

1 bdrm +den, 1 bath, f, s, w.d., large fenced yard, small shed for storage. Avail. Now (H739) 3 bdrm home, 1 bath, some renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, older home, new furnace & roof, f, s, storage shed. Avail. Now (H612) 2 bdrm, top half of home, f, s, shared laundry, large deck and spacious fenced back yard. Avail. Now (H673-1)

TOWNHOUSE: $1100 3 bdrm townhouse near Skaha Middle School, 1.5 bath, laminate ďŹ&#x201A;rs, f, s. Avail. Jan. 15 (Th495)

2250 Camrose St. 250-492-3636

Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

280 MAIN STREET, PENTICTON, B.C. V2A 5B2 PHONE: 250-493-4372 - Only qualiďŹ ed applicants will be contacted.


241 Scott Avenue

Cable & All Utilities Included, Senior Building, No Smoking, No Pets, Secure Building, Parking, Balcony

Move In Incentive Available immediatelyâ&#x20AC;Ś 1 Bedroom at $725/mo.


2BDRM suite, Tiffany Gardens, $800/mo. Avail Feb 15th. Jim 250-492-0413 998 Creston, 1bdrm apt, living room. Incl f/s, laundry, rent starts @$600 incl util 250492-7570 Large 2bdrm 2nd ďŹ&#x201A;oor, DT Penticton, ns, np, incl. w/d/f/s, mature tenant, refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s req., Vito 604-291-1059 Large 2bdrm apt. for rent. +40 bldg, $850 +util, refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s req. 250-487-1136 LARGE 2bdrm, Penticton Ave., close to schools/transit, $875, call Dennis at Realty Executives, (250)493-4372 Newer 2bdrm, 2bath, 6-appl a/c heat incl,. $1500/mo u/g prkg corner unit 250-809-9955 Penticton, 2 bdrm apartment, $895+util. in clean, quiet 50+, elevator, covered prkg & close to bus & DT ns, np, Avail. now, (250)490-9159 Wiltse area 1800sq.ft, apt, 4 bdrm, 2bth $1800/mo+util. + 1800sq.ft commercial space for lease 604-876-0096

Commercial/ Industrial


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

Duplex / 4 Plex 2BDRM close to DT, near new, f/s, dw, w/d, a/c, $975 call Dennis @ Realty Executives 250-493-4372 3BDRM, 3bath, f/s/dw, window coverings, a/c, close to school & lake, 250-809-4949 250490-0875 Avail. March 1 3bdrm duplex, 2bath, large fenced yard, pets welcome, avail. Feb. 15, $1300/mo., call 250-488-9858 3BDRM duplex, 5-appl, fenced yard, n/p, n/s, Columbia area $1175, 250-493-1201 NEWLY decorated 2bdrm with f/s & washer, $900/m + util, close DT. 250-493-6467

Mobile Homes & Pads Mobile home with garage, +55 Park, Olalla, $600/mo. 250499-5393, 250-809-2743

Homes for Rent 101-690 Latimer St, 5bdrm, f/s, w/d, family room, garage. Call 250-486-3791 250-4901700 273 Scott Ave, 4bdrm, f/s, w/d, carport $1400/mo. Call 250490-1700 3bdrm, 1.5ba, f/s, close to school, IGA, (250)493-9357, 250-492-3856

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GOOD Place to stay for workers, students & retired. Rent starts from $550/mo fully furnished/cable/electric/phone (250)492-7015 (250)770-0816 MOTEL SUITES and RV park $440 up. located at Holiday House Motel Penticton and Pleasantview Motel & RV park Summerland. 250-487-0268

Townhouses 298-296 Maple St. townhouse Penticton. 3-4 bdrm, 2.5 bath, w/basement, garage, Rent starts at $1200. Call 250-4901700 250-486-3791 2bdrm lrg twnhse, Vernon, quiet crnr unit, main ďŹ&#x201A;r, window covering, lrg balcony, A/C. Free 1/2mo rent. Avail Feb1. $795. 250-769-0626 3bdrm in Baskin Gardens, f/s/w/d, freshly painted, renovated, large storage, kids welcome, small pet ok, avail. Feb. 15, $1100, (250)490-9082 Renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d 3bed. 1.5bath. 1144sq.ft, 2 levels. close to mall and schools, on bus route. #129-3004 South Main. $ To view 250-4939229 or 250-462-4133


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

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Shared Accommodation 2rms avail immed. in 1/2 duplex ,prefer working female, 1 for $425 or both for $500, n/s, n/p, incl w/d, internet hook-up, cable & util 250-487-0133 Looking to share 3 yr old Duplex, 3 bed, 2.5 bath. Walking distance to college. Must be clean and quiet. $600/month Util Incl. 250-2760632 Private bdrm semi-pri bth, quiet person, $400-$500, everything incl., 250-492-2543 ROOM for rent use of whole home, $550 all in, relaxed atmosphere 250-462-2194

Storage 45ft x 50ft fenced storage compound, used for RVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, boat, equipment or construction supplies, 360B Dawson Ave., $265/mo. 250-492-5117

Suites, Lower 1BDRM basement, daylight, near Wiltse school, n/s, n/p, util incl, $650/mo avail March 1, 250-492-7312 Close to mall, 2bdrm suite, n/s, n/p avail now. Call 250493-6523

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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

Cars - Domestic 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, ďŹ ve 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 2007 Dodge Caliber, loaded, sunroof, auto, 4cyl, economy, only 65K (warranty to 100K), $7994 ďŹ rm, (250)492-5046




Cars - Sports & Imports 2004 BMW 330i very good cond. N/S, low kms, asking $24,000. 250-558-1690 Downsizing - Must Sell! 2006 Porsche Cayene 77,000km $34,000. 1997 Bayliner 17 1/2’ OB $5500. 90HP Outboard 1985 Honda Rebel 250 $1800. 2001 Buell Blast $2500. 1998 HD Custom $19,500. 1979 F700 $2000. Ph 250-558-0995

Motorcycles For sale or trade, 250cc motor scooter, approx. $2000 for 4 wheel off road quad, (778)4760111, 250-487-0373

Recreational/Sale 1980 Okanagan 10.5 foot truck camper. Fridge, stove, toilet w/shower. Roof recently redone. New water heater/pump, furnace, electrical. $1800 250-488-6877

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



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92 Yukon 4x4 has new 6” Rough Country suspension lift w/new shocks & 33” tires. Well maintained, new tranny, brakes, water pump, u-joints and starter. Excellent shape, original paint. $7000obo 250487-8678 Penticton

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Trucks & Vans 06 Ford Escape XLT, leather, ac, power options, low kms, mint shape, $16,500, 778-4760111, 250-487-0373 2004 Chev 3500 ext cab., single rear wheel, 4x4, auto, looks & runs excellent, remote starter, 200kms. $10,500. 250307-0002. 2005 Chev 2500 HD 4x4, ex. cab, L/B, 6.0, auto, loaded, vg cond. $12,900. 250-306-5362 2006 Ford F250 SD, 4x4, crw/ cab, L/B, 5.4, auto, 110k, great cond. $12,900. 250-306-5362 2008 Mazda Tribute, 4x4, fully loaded, exc. cond. 41,000kms, warranty can be transferd, $21,500 obo. 250-868-7334

Utility Trailers 2002 Halmark closed-in trailer 6x10 inside, barn doors on back + side door, single axle. Great cond $2200. Call 250487-8678 Penticton

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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Official Community Plan and Zoning Amendment Application 33645 Sawmill Road, Electoral Area ‘C’ Lot 328 District Lot 2450s, Plan 1862, SDYD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 – 7:00 pm Firehall Bistro Meeting Room 34881 97th Street, Oliver, BC.

PURPOSE: To amend the Electoral Area ‘C’ Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw No. 2452, 2008, and Zoning Bylaw No. 2453, 2008, in order to facilitate the replacement of an existing single family dwelling currently situated on the subject parcel. Amendment Bylaw No. 2452.05, 2010: to amend the Official Community Plan Bylaw by changing the land use designation of part of the subject property from Industrial (I) to Low Density Residential (LR). Amendment Bylaw No. 2453.09, 2010: to amend the Zoning Bylaw by changing the zoning designation of part of the subject property from Industrial (Light) One Zone (I1) to part Residential Single Family One Zone (RS1).

Amend Zoning Bylaw No. 2453, 2008: from: Industrial (Light) One Zone (I1) to: part Residential Single Family One Zone (RS1) (indicative only)

Amend OCP Bylaw No. 2452, 2008: from: part Industrial (I) to: part Low Density Residential (RS1)

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Learn more at N VIEW COPIES OF THE DRAFT BYLAWS & SUPPORTING INFORMATION 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. Anyone who considers themselves 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 Nos. 2452.05 & 2453.09, c/o Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen. 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: Web:

Donna Butler, MCIP Manager of Development Services

Bill Newell Chief Administrative Officer




Crime Stoppers seeking suspects Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following individuals who are wanted on provincewide warrants as of Feb. 2. David MilesBarker is wanted for theft over $5,000, possession of stolen p r o p e r t y, break, enter Barker and theft, possession of property obtained through crime and failing to

attend court. Barker is described as a 39-year-old Caucasian male, fivefoot-eight, 142 pounds, with black Cudmore hair and blue eyes. Wade William Cudmore is wanted for trafficking in drugs. Cudmore is described as a 22-year-old Caucasian male, fivefoot-11, 155 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Jesse J a m e s Harrison is wanted for breach of a conditional sentence order. Harrison is Harrison described as a 27-year-old Caucasian male, five-foot-10, 177 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Lonny Peter Taschuk is wanted for sexual assault. Taschuk is described as a 38-year-old Caucasian male, five-foot-six,

180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Crime Stopperswill pay cash for information leading to Taschuk the arrest of these individuals. If you see them, do not approach, but call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave a web tip at www. SouthOkanaganCrimeStoppers. ca or Text “sostips” and send your info to CRIMES (274637).

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The Okanagan Basin Water Board is fishing for projects that conserve or improve Okanagan water. Successful applicants can receive up to $30,000 for their project, with a total of $300,000 available. “This program exemplifies our reality of One Valley, One Water,” said Anna WarwickSears, OBWB executive director. “Everyone who lives in the Okanagan, whether you live in Armstrong or in Osoyoos, is critically interconnected by one water — the Okanagan basin. What happens to the water in the north affects the water quality in the south. We also live in

a semi-arid climate and have less freshwater available per person in the Okanagan, yet homeowners use more than twice the Canadian average — this affects quantity.” The OBWB program funds projects that tackle these issues. Several of the grants have resulted in lasting partnerships. “We’ve seen networks of expertise built. We’ve seen practical approaches to water conservation and water quality improvement created that can be applied valley-wide. And, we’ve seen water conserved and quality improved,” said Warwick-Sears. One example is the City of Penticton’s environmental audit pilot project this past year which helped business owners reduce water

and energy consumption — a project that could possibly be implemented in other communities. Another project was the Okanagan Xeriscape Association’s demonstration garden, providing Okanagan homeowners with examples of gardens that require less water and are more appropriate for the region’s dry climate. “Like past years, we’re looking for applications that think outside the box and clearly demonstrate benefits for the entire valley,” said Warwick-Sears. The deadline for applications is Feb. 21 by 4 p.m. All applications must submit a resolution from local government, endorsing their application. The application and more information can be found at

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February 4th, 2011 Edition