Page 1







Groups rally to raise funds for Japan disaster relief at Cherry Lane

The SOMBA Tigers are hoping to defend their Best of the West championship

Performance troupe brings Irish song, story and dance to South Okanagan

See page 3

See page 14


See page 9


F R I DAY, A P R I L 1 , 2 0 1 1

FASHION STATEMENT — Coun. Mike Pearce dons a special piece of apparel with a group of others this week at the kickoff for the Quota International of Penticton Cups for the Cure. The campaign is to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Bras are currently being collected for display around the city and anyone wishing to donate or make a financial contribution can call Sue at 250-488-0948, Greta at 250-493-9299 or Maureen at 250-4882398. The campaign runs until October. Mark Brett/Western News

High-risk pedophile back on the street KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

A man determined to be a pedophile with a high risk to reoffend was released back into the community on Wednesday after being placed on a 24-month recognizance. In a hearing held at the Penticton provincial courthouse, Judge Mark Takahashi found the Penticton RCMP’s concerns that Phillipe Poisson was a risk to commit a sexual offence to a young person were valid. The recognizance will put Poisson under several conditions in the interest of protecting the public Takahashi said the 19-year-old has a “most tragic,” history that included being a victim of sexual abuse by his grandfather and friends of his grandfather from the age of six to 11. He was then charged with a sexual offence and was

institutionalized until he was 18. The judge described Poisson’s situation as one that is not largely his own fault, but rather he was a product of a horrible upbringing. Poisson spent most of his life living in the U.S. until he came to live with Poisson his father in Penticton in April 2010. By July, RCMP issued a public safety bulletin about a high-risk pedophile who had moved to the Penticton area. In his judgment, Takahashi said during Poisson’s short time in Penticton he was found trying to contact a 15-year-old girl, a 14-yearold boy and a picture of a young child that appeared to be at Skaha Beach was found on

his computer. Dr. Melinda Nichols, a psychiatrist at the Penticton Regional Hospital, testified that on May 7 Poisson was admitted into the hospital following a disturbance between he and his father at a social services office. She said at the time Poisson was distressed and said he had thoughts of suicide. Nichols said there is nowhere in the area that treats pedophilia and the personality trait disorders that Poisson demonstrated and he would probably need life-long treatment. Poisson was discharged from the hospital on July 9 and out-patient appointments set up with Nichols to monitor his medication. The doctor testified Poisson missed his last three appointments and the final time they met she believed he had stopped taking his medication. Defence council Jim Pennington, who

largely did not disagree that the recognizance should be put on Poisson, argued that a lack of resources is failing to allow proper treatment for Poisson. “With financial cutbacks all around, it might not be that long before we see him (Poisson) again,” said Pennington in his conclusion. Poisson must follow a number of conditions including not be in the presence of any person under the age of 16 and not to attend public parks, schools, daycares, pools and not to possess any device capable of accessing the internet unless approved by a probation officer. The procedure did not assess guilt or innocence of any particular offence, but was entirely concerned with preventive measures to reduce a perceived risk. Poisson has not been charged with an offence and is presumed to be innocent.



1765 MAIN STREET • PENTICTON, B.C. • HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:30 - 6:00, SATURDAY 8:30 - 5:00 • CALL 1-877-863-4268


2011 CHRYSLER 300






2011 RAM 1500 QUAD SXT 4X4

THE ALL NEW CHRYSLER 200 Sedan LX Starting from












2008 DO DODGE RAM 3500 4X4



Sedan with Keyless Entry, Power Windows and Locks, Automatic. B2319A




Alum. Wheels, Sunroof, Power Windows and Keyless Entry, Low Kms. B2363




Heated and Power Mirrors, A/C, Cruise, CD, Tilt, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 6 Cylinder Automatic. B2377



2007 DODGE RAM 1500 4X4

Cruise, Soft Top, 3 Piece Hard Top, Keyless, Traction Control, 4x4, 6 Cylinder, Automatic. B2378




Heated Leather Seats, AutoStick, Tow Package, Roof Rack, Power Pedals, Alum. Wheels. E5734A





THIS JEEP IS AWESOME! Keyless, Rear Wiper, Security System, A/C, Cruise, CD/MP3, 6 Cylinder 4 Speed Automatic. X5745

24,999 $23,888



Unlimited Sahara, Remote Start, 3 Piece Freedom Top, Side Step, Tow Package, A/C. E5736



Fog Lights, A/C, Cruise, CD, Tilt, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, 8 Cylinder 5 Speed Automatic. X5743



Cruise, Keyless, Rear Defrost., Rear Wiper, Roof Rack, Security System, Tilt, Traction Control, 4x4, 8 Cylinder. B2361A



This Beautiful Truck Just Arrived! LLoaded d d SSportt with ith Leather and Sunroof. X5680







Heated Leather, Tow Package, Flat Towable, 6 CD Stacker, Power Everything! L2356

Cruise, Fog Lights, Rear Window Wiper, Security System, Spoiler, Tilt, Traction Control, 6 Cylinder. X5741

4-Wheel Anti-Lock Disc Brakes (ABS), 5 Speed Auto, Alum. Wheels, Induction Hood, Low Kms. P0011A

Cruise, Heated Mirrors, Park Assist, Roof Rack, Sunroof, Tilt, Traction Control, 6 Cylinder, 6 Speed Auto. X5747


Navigation, Autostick, Sunroof, Tow Package, U-Connect, Heated Front and Second Row Leather Seats. B2360











DL. #5523




Helping hands reach across the sea Saturday event raising funds for Japanese disaster relief KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

For Penticton resident Yoshie Takahashi, hearing about an earthquake in Japan was not a strange occurrence. Having grown up in Shibata, feeling the earth tremour a little wasn’t unusual. It wasn’t until the morning after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake rocked the north and central coasts of Japan she searched the internet and realized just how bad it was. “Earthquakes happen all the time there but usually they are half that. I started reading the news and that is my country. I couldn’t believe what is happening in Japan. I was so sad I started crying and I wanted to do something right away,” said Takahashi. Shibata, her hometown where her parents still live, was not affected but she learned about 600 people evacuated there to get away from the Fukushima nuclear plant — about a three-hour drive away. “I thought I could send money for food or clothes but read those people were getting that already so I wanted to do something different. So I started gathering toys and talked to my daughter’s teacher at Queen’s Park and the kids all wrote letters,” said Takahashi.

Takahashi’s family had scheduled a trip to Shibata for just one week after the quake hit, but after watching the news carefully they decided to postpone. They are now leaving on April 13 with plans to take the toys and letters of hope to bring strength to kids that have been evacuated from their homes. “I hope to take them to the shelter for the children. Some schools near the affected area have opened so I also would like to send some there. I just want to send the kids messages of encouragement,” said Takahashi. Along with members of the Japanese community in Penticton, the Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society and the Salvation Army in Penticton, Takahashi will also be volunteering at a fundraiser on Saturday at Cherry Lane shopping centre to raise donations for disaster relief. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. members of the Japanese community, their families and supporters will share unique aspects of their culture with the public and encourage others to offer support. Lester Patrick, who lived in Japan for 17 years, said he went through the Kobe earthquake (7.2 magnitude) in 1995, and when the news started leaking from Japan on March 11 the memories came back to him. “There is always earthquakes in Japan, but I had no idea it was that big. We spent all day Friday and finally got through to friends and family later that

afternoon because our emails were bouncing back and there was no phone communication. We were very relieved,” said Patrick, who is helping organize the Saturday fundraiser. The Salvation Army of Penticton will be on site to collect any donations, and activities and displays of origami, Japanese calligraphy, kimonos and traditional Japanese music will be set up. “We will also have a big sheet of paper people can sign with comments and messages for the earthquake survivors, and Yoshie will be taking that to her hometown and posting it outside so people can look at it,” said Patrick. The Rotary Club of Penticton is also providing disaster relief assistance. They purchased six shelter boxes which are on their way to Japan. Shelter boxes contain a large disaster relief tent, thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets. A water purification system, a tool kit and a multifuel stove for cooking and heating along with utensils and water containers are also in each kit. “Given the magnitude of the disaster in Japan, it is up to all of us to give what assistance we can as fast as we can,” said Rotary Club of Penticton president Crystal Froese. Any individuals or groups that would like to join with the Rotary Club to send more shelter boxes can contact a Rotary representative at 250-493-0951.

Mark Brett/Western News

MANAKA FOLDS a piece of origami as Mina watches from behind. Origami pieces will be among the skills demonstrated at Saturday’s fundraiser for the victims of the Japanese earthquake at Cherry Lane shopping centre from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cougars on the prowl near Summerland and Kaleden KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

Calls regarding cougar sightings have prompted conservation officers to remind the public to keep a closer eye on pets and livestock. “The Penticton Conservation Officer Service has received several calls regarding cougar sightings and cougar pet/livestock depredation occurrences,” said conservation officer Mike Stern. “There have been recent sightings in the rural areas of Summerland and Kaleden.” Last week conservation officers had to put one cougar down in the Yellow Lake area because it was hanging around a residence and wouldn’t leave.

“It was determined later that it had two deer kills within 100 metres of the house and it wasn’t going to leave. The resident had young children so it was a human safety issue,” said Stern. “One attack on chickens happened in Summerland with a young cougar, probably about one year old. It was emaciated to the point it was desperate for anything, it didn’t even have the strength to jump a four-foot fence, which is almost unheard of, so it also had to be put down.” The conservation officer said the primary prey of cougars is deer, however, they will also feed on elk, rabbits, beaver, raccoons, grouse and occasionally livestock. While cougars are most active at dusk and dawn, Stern said they will roam and hunt at any

time of the day or night and in all seasons. “Throughout the year, one to two-yearold cougars become independent of their mothers. While attempting to find a home range, these young cougars may roam widely in search of unoccupied territory. This is when cougars are most likely to conflict with humans,” said Stern, noting that cougar attacks on humans are extremely rare. The Conservation Officer Service reminds people in areas within or adjacent to cougar habitat that cats and dogs are easy prey. Stern said try and keep pets indoors or secure them in a covered run, especially through the night. Installing motion or timer-activated outdoor lighting around your home and animal enclosures may keep cougars away because they depend on surprise to catch

their prey. Cougars need cover to surprise their prey, clearing a brush free zone around a residence and pet/livestock night kennel/ paddock can help keep them away. Rural residences should avoid feeding deer or other prey species and build livestock cougar proof enclosures. Copies of the safety guide to cougars are available from conservation officers or at The Conservation Officer Service is reminding the public when sighting a cougar or experiencing cougar pet/livestock depredation the importance of immediately calling the Conservation Officer Service’s 24/7 call center Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) toll free line at 1-877-9527277, cellular dial #7277 or online at www.

Conservative candidate requests leave from council BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

Okanagan Coquihalla Conservative candidate and Penticton councillor Dan Albas has requested a leave of absence from city council until May 3, the day after the upcoming federal election. Albas said he wants to focus on his current campaign to replace retiring MP Stockwell Day. “Basically, I have asked council to grant me a leave of absence to pursue (the seat) wholeheartedly and focus on it,” Albas said. “I have spoken with (Mayor Dan Ashton) and have asked him to relieve me of those duties, including being the chair

of the emergency protective committee, and make arrangements for some of the other councillors to cover some of the other council roles. “I have also asked them to withhold any payment or at least inform me the amount of the remuneration so that I can pay it back to the city.” Albas said he doesn’t think it’s fair for the taxpayers of Penticton to be paying him as a city councillor when he cannot put his full efforts into the position while also campaigning — door-to-door all this week — for office as a member of Parliament. “I am still taking emails and phone calls and helping people where I can,” Albas said. “But in this case I’ve spoken to the

mayor and he has encouraged me to pass on a lot of the names to him and he will work it out with council for who can handle it. “What I really appreciate is that Mayor Ashton has said the council is a team approach and we are willing to work together as a group.” Council will vote on the leave of absence request at its Monday meeting. Albas does not have to resign as a councillor if he becomes the riding’s MP, however, it is very unlikely he wouldn’t. Because 2011 is a provincially mandated municipal election year, if Albas does step down it would be up to the rest of council to decide whether to hold a byelection to replace him or just wait until the new council is elected on Nov. 19.



m n a st i c s GyAdventures


Birthday Parties


College students welcome freeze

Classes are available for Children walking to High School Age DROP-IN CLASSES 250-486-0787 0787


k n i Th

! g n i Spr Steve Arstad/Black Press

ON THE SCENE — The driver of a 2006 Hyundai (far left) talks to wit“Everywhere you are this Spring”

407 Main St. * Penticton, B.C. * 250-493-1513

nesses and emergency personnel after his car was cut off by another vehicle and rolled over on Highway 97 near Kaleden Wednesday morning. There were no injuries.

Sick and Tired of Losing Money in Mutual Funds and the Stock Market? Think Getting 1 to 1½ % on Your Savings and GIC’s is a Bad Joke? Then Come to This FREE Event Wednesday, April 6 and ....

“Discover The #1 Investment SECRET the Big Canadian Banks and Mutual Fund Co.’s PRAY You Never Find Out...” (And That Your Accountant and Financial Planner Cannot Tell You)! Darren Weeks, Canadian “Multi-Millionaire” (from Edmonton), is revealing the proven investment strategies he learned personally from Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad), and has perfected for our unique Canadian situation. Darren is offering an absolutely FREE event in Penticton on Wednesday April 6 to show how you too can become financially independent and be able to do whatever you 5 years or less! (No matter what is happening in the economy). He’s also giving away an Amazing FREE gift to every attendee who brings a guest. His NEW audio CD “The 7 Keys to Creating What your banker hopes you never learn. Wealth in Canada” – a $39.95 value – FREE of charge just for bringing a friend (your guest gets one too)! Dear Financially Frustrated Fellow Canadian: The banks and mutual fund companies want to keep you in the dark. I know that those are strong words, and I wouldn’t be so bold in saying them if I couldn’t back it up. The truth of the matter is that I’m really ANGRY and I will NOT keep quiet any longer. My name is Darren Weeks and I want to show you a whole NEW world when it comes to getting ahead financially in Canada. This is the truth about investing that many in the ‘establishment’ really don’t want you to know. Forget what you learned (or didn’t learn) about money and investing in school or from your parents. What worked for their generation no longer works in today’s economy. And take everything you have heard about creating wealth from your banker and financial planner and flush it right down the toilet, because that is where it belongs. The next time your banker or mutual fund sales person (oh, sorry, I meant ‘financial planner’) suggests investing in some ‘wonderful’ mutual fund or stock – ask to see their audited financial statement. Chances are, they have a lot less money than you think (and quite probably a lot less than you have). Why continue to take financial advice from broke salespeople? It doesn’t make any sense. But Why Should You Listen To Me? Good question – you should only take advice from people who are successful, and hopefully more successful than you are. My name is Darren Weeks, and I am proud to say that many of my students across the country call me the “Canadian Rich Dad”. Why? Because the monthly Passive Income (i.e. money I don’t have to work for) from my Investments and Businesses is more than what most Canadians work hard for all year long. It also has to do with the fact that I have a very close association with Robert Kiyosaki, author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and that I have been sharing my “Canadianized” version of his teachings with hundreds of thousands of Canadians since 2001. I am very pleased that I have been able to show Canadians across the country how to take control of their own finances, and to live life on their own terms. I have spurred dozens of people (if not hundreds now) to become millionaires, or multimillionaires in 5 years or less. Now I do not take the credit for their success – they took the action and actually did something – and I am just happy that I was able to inspire them in some way. Here are Some Credentials… My companies, The Fast Track Group, were honored to be included in the 2010 Profit Magazine list of the fastest growing companies in Canada. One of my companies is also the official sponsor of the Canadian Luge team, and we attracted quite a bit of notoriety in the press during the recent Vancouver Olympics when it was leaked that I offered anyone on the team a $1,000,000 reward if they won a Gold medal (and my offer still stands for the 2014 games in Russia)! I don’t say this to brag, I just tell you this to credentialize myself a bit, and to give you confidence that I am not some fly-by-night quack out trying to peddle you some modern-day financial ‘snake-oil’. I actually do what I am going to teach you about – it’s not theory – it really works. I’m living proof of it. So are my students.

Now let’s get back to the point at hand – how YOU can get superior Return On Investment (ROI) on your hard-earned investment dollars. Here’s What Not to Do: If you follow the establishment’s rules, you will… Pay the highest MER’s in the world. Create a house of cards based portfolio, largely reliant on the U.S. dollar. Listen to advisors whose advice is proven to be about as accurate as a monkey throwing darts at stock picks on the wall...  Continue to walk ‘blind’ with Banks, Mutual Fund Co’s, and even the Canadian Government wanting to keep you in the dark  Think you are happy with returns that don’t even keep up with the real inflation rate (and the ‘official’ inflation calculations are an absolute crock.) Here are the Benefits of DOING IT RIGHT: But... When you learn the New Rules of Investing, you will...  Discover that high returns = high risk is not always accurate.  See how easy it can be to take control of your own investing without having to pay huge M.E.R’s (management expense ratios) Understand the pro’s and con’s of investing in gold and silver.

for being suspicious...there are a lot of seminar companies out there that do just that. I assure you, I do not. We do have a selection of quality books and resources available if you are interested. But that is not the goal of me putting on this event. My goal is to give you some phenomenal education and information and to hopefully help you to have a complete mind-shift when it comes to money and creating wealth in Canada. One of the biggest lessons I ever learned from my good friend and mentor, Robert Kiyosaki, is this: Give first without expectation of gain, and you will gain a lot in the long run. So, if you like what I say, you may decide you want to do business with my company in the future. Fair enough? Of course, putting on these events is very expensive. So to help defray the costs I have a very few, select sponsors. You get a fantastic financial education, I get to meet you and spread the Rich Dad message, and the sponsors get a few minutes to show you what they do. The best thing is…we all win! So keep your cheque-book at home, come with an open mind to learn – there is nothing more expensive than a book at this event. How About if I Give You Even More? If I’m going to give away the farm, I might as well go even one step further…so, just for bringing your spouse or a like-minded guest to this FREE event, I want to give you another FREE gift…My “7 Keys to Creating Wealth in Canada” audio

 Never want to see another mutual fund or G.I.C. ever again!

 Feel comfortable looking at different investment plans that may have baffled you before.

 See how Robert Kiyosaki analyzes deals and how you can do the same, easily.

But do you think ultra-rich Canadians pay that much in taxes? Of course not. They know the legal loop-holes to minimize their tax burden or even eliminate it altogether. As a part of this presentation, I will share with you the tax shrinking strategies of the wealthy (even used by one previous Prime Minister). So you can either complain, gripe and gnash your teeth about how unfair it all is, or you can learn the Rules of the Canadian Rich. The Golden Rule when it comes to money is “He (or She) Who Has the Gold...Makes the Rules”. I’m going to level the playing field with what I teach you at this event, so you can play the game of money just like the rich folks do. And Why is This Event FREE? Now if you have ever been to another ‘Free’ financial education seminar before, you are probably worried that I am going to get you all fired up and excited, and then pull the old ‘baitand-switch’ on you about half way through, (and try and sell you some super expensive investment or real estate course/training). I don’t blame you

See you at the top! Darren Weeks.

You must register immediately to attend my upcoming FREE

“How to Get Rich in Canada” event. PENTICTON Events at 12-3 pm or 7-10 pm Wednesday, April 6 Penticton Lakeside Resort 21 Lakeshore Drive Here are 2 ways to do it: 1. Register online at: 2. or Call 1-877-RICH CDN (1-877-742-4236) with our 24hr. live operator.

CONGRATULATIONS! You are on your way out of the Rat Race and onto the Canadian Fast Track to Success!

Canadian “Multi-Millionaire” Shares his Strategies on...

How to Get Rich in Canada! (In the New Canadian Economy)

And do You Think We Are Over TAXED in Canada? You bet we are! GST, PST, HST, Income tax, municipal tax, gas tax, property transfer tax, hotel tax, income tax, and it goes on and on and on. The average Canadian works over 6 months a year just to pay taxes! No wonder it is so darn hard to get ahead (and then to get a lousy or negative return on our hard-earned investment dollars to top it off – come on!)

My events typically fill up very quickly. This one is just a few days away, so take a moment now to pre-register and guarantee your spot – while it is on your mind. Registration is easy and FREE, and your privacy is assured.

The Economy Has Changed Forever! Your Parent’s Rules About Money Don’t Work Anymore!

Realize that you too can invest in great deals just like the rich do.

 Become virtually bullet-proof to investment scams and con artists.

CD (a $39.95 value). This is my gift to you, as my way of thanking you for bringing your spouse or a guest.

“Rich Dad,, Poor Dad”” Author

Canadian “Multi-Millionaire”

Darren Weeks Robert Kiyosaki* yosaki* Here’s jjust some of what yyou will learn! Thhe he fa ffastest aste stestt and ndd bbe best est st way a too  The create millions of $$$ (in a good or bad economy).  How to buy Real Estate with “no” money down.  The difference between the advice given to the Rich and the Middle Class.

PENTICTON Wednesday, April 6 Penticton Lakeside Resort 21 Lakeshore Drive Events at 12 noon or 7pm FREE with Pre-registration (or $39.95 at the door) Register online at


when you bring a friend (a $39.95 Value)

or Call 1-877-RICH CDN (1-877-742-4236) *Mr. Kiyosaki will not be present.

The Okanagan College board of governors instituted a tuition freeze Tuesday on all fees for programs and courses that cost more than 10 per cent above the provincial average, earning appreciation from students. The decision means that for the second year in a row about 50 per cent of the college’s students — plus the roughly 20 per cent who pay no fees at all — will see no change in their tuition. For the last five years provincial rules have permitted colleges to raise their tuition by two per cent. However, recognizing that due to its university college roots many of Okanagan College’s fees were set at above average rates when the rules where instituted, the college’s board has only once chosen to raise all its tuition fees in the past five years. Board chair Lance Kayfish called the latest tuition freeze a “student-centric decision.” “Earlier this year, we adopted a new strategic plan and one of our core values is accessibility for students,” he said. “This decision reflects our commitment to our students.” OC public affairs director Allan Coyle noted the college’s tuition rate was set after consultation with its students. “We are one of the few institutions in the province that conduct in earnest conversation with our students about tuition, but we also included in the conversation a discussion about our budget situation and the students respect that and have their point of view,” he said. “They came into the meeting yesterday hoping for a complete freeze but recognizing that the institution still has an obligation to speak to its bottom-line.” Okanagan College Penticton Student Union chair Cory Nelmes said the decision is a pleasing one. “I think it is positive for students,” said Nelmes. “It is obviously not exactly what we went into (the consultation) wanting, a full freeze of course would always be better, but 70 per cent of programs frozen isn’t anything to scarf at. “It is a victory. I think it is hard to expect the college to work with us at all because if you look at colleges across the province it is very rare that a board of governors will sit down and work with students the way the board at Okanagan College does.” Most of the schools, Nelmes said, have simply instituted two per cent increases across the board without consideration for their students. “(The OC board) are demonstrating their leadership, not only with the sustainable practices that the institution has taken on recently with the new building, but also in working with students,” she said. “They are standing above the crowd as an educational institution.” Nelmes said the real body college students around B.C. should be lobbying regarding their tuition fees is the provincial government. “Colleges, unlike their university counterparts, are not funded at the rate of inflation, so boards often struggle when they are making those decisions of whether or not to increase tuition because really tuition increases are the only revenue increase that they are getting,” she explained. “But the costs go up every year for things such as electricity or water just as much at a college as they go up at a university.” Colleges should enjoy the same rate of inflation increases in their funding as universities do, Nelmes said. “It affects people especially in communities like Penticton and other rural communities across the province because colleges are often a place where mature students who have families and who are settled go to upgrade and better their lives,” she asserted. “It is generally also a place where younger students can go, staying at home and saving money. “As well, every dollar a student saves in tuition is $3.80 that goes back into our local economy, which is a service-based economy.”



News Horgan takes moderate approach STEVE KIDD Western News Staff

As provincial NDP leadership hopefuls prepare for the final weeks of the campaign to replace Carole James, John Horgan made a swing through the Okanagan to rally support for himself. The leadership contender already has some strong supporters in his camp, with eight MLAs backing him so far, including Fraser Nicola MLA Harry Lali, who also dropped by Smith and Company in Penticton Saturday. Lali, who dropped out of the leadership race last month, said he spoke to all five candidates about what their plans and platform would be before naming Horgan as his number one choice. “He speaks the same language I do. He is a family man like myself, he is passionate about his family, about the province and he is also very passionate about his politics,” said Lali, who added that Horgan likes to play the game of politics the same way he does, and, as the NDP’s energy critic, likes to hold the Liberals’ feet to the fire in the Legislature. “He’s got a lot of fire and brimstone as well, and goes after the Liberals.” For his part, Horgan has some simple reasons why he would be the best choice as the next leader of the provincial NDP. “I am taller than Adrian (Dix) and I am faster than Mike (Farnsworth),” he joked, before talking about seeing a need for the NDP to recreate themselves and positioning himself as “fairly moderate, practical, experienced in government and having the common touch with people.” He has one more attribute, he added, that is vital for a politician. “I am an Irish descendant, I




Whirlpool® Tall Tub Dishwasher Cleaning Performance

Key Features • 5 level direct feed Sheer Clean™ wash system with hard food disposer • Automatic Soil Sensor (OWI - Optimal Wash Indicator) • Soak & Scour Option Ease-of-Use • High Temperature Wash Option • Quiet Partner™ II Sound Reduction System (61 dBA) • NSF-certified Sani Rinse™ Option • 4 Cycles: Pots & Pans, Normal, Light, and Rinse only • Heated dry option • 2-4-6 Hour Delay Wash Option Super Capacity • Control lockout • AnyWare™ Plus silverware basket • Fold Down Tines: 1 • Cleans 14 five-piece place settings

Steve Kidd/Western News

NDP PROVINCIAL LEADERSHIP candidate John Horgan speaks to supporters during his recent visit to Penticton.

can talk all day long,” he said, adding that taking a moderate road will help bring voters back to the NDP. “I don’t believe we are going to get there by digging a deeper partisan trench, I think we will get there by demonstrating that the values of the New Democrats are really mainstream values,” he said. “Our opponents have constantly tried to marginalize us by saying that we have marginal views. I am an able spokesperson to make the case that an NDP government is in the interests of people.” While the Liberals are also reshaping their party in the wake of Gordon Campbell’s resignation, he said Christy Clark is facing a big challenge. “Although there is a new face on the ship of state, it may not be any substantive change. I think people are looking for something different,” he said. “The notion that Ms. Clark can suddenly change the behaviour of a cabinet that had been serving the interests of the

corporate elite and not the public will be a big challenge for her.” Before running for office and being elected to the B.C. Legislature in 2005, Horgan spent many years as a bureaucrat with the NDP, first working in Ottawa as a legislative assistant before coming back to B.C. to work in Mike Harcourt’s government where he served in a variety of political and public service positions culminating in his service as chief of staff to interim premier Dan Miller. It was during the Harcourt years that Horgan helped develop the Columbia River Treaty with the U.S., and the work he did gathering public opinion throughout southern B.C. has given him a special understanding of the province outside the Lower Mainland, according to Lali. “He has a very deep understanding of the economy and of rural British Columbia, and for me that is tops on the list, given that the Liberals have abandoned the rural areas,” said Lali.

City sets café rates For those 55 or better



Performance • EZ-Vue™ Plus Humidity-Controlled Crispers • AccuChill™ Temperature Management System • Up-front Electronic Temperature Controls • Optional ice maker • Automatic defrost system Convenience • Split Spillguard™ Glass Shelves: 3 • EZ-Tote™ Adjustable Door Bins: 3 • Reversible Door Swing: (White and Black models only) • Full-width Freezer Basket • Drawer Bottom Freezer ht • Freezer Light

30” Freestanding Electric ectric Range with SteamClean & True Convection Key Features • SteamClean option spot cleans the oven floor in 20 minutes • AccuBake® advanced temperature management system • Hidden bake element ent • Control lockout $ 00 • Warm hold • Oven Cavity: 5.3 cu. u. ft. • Precise Clean™ Cleaning eaning System • Metal handle (on stainless model only) Convenience • Easy View™ Extra-large oven window • Rapid preheat function • Appliance outlet • Delay bake control • Standard oven racks: 3 • Hot surface indicator light on console • Storage Drawer



Cleanability • CleanTop® ceramic glass cooktop surface • Self-clean convection





Conservation • ENERGY STAR® Qualified • EnerGuide Rating: 448 kWh per er year Styling • Flat smooth door



250-493-4220 475 Main Street Penticton BC






April 4th

Western News Staff

After weeks of consultation and debate Penticton council voted 6-0 to set new fees for sidewalk cafés in the city’s downtown core for about $100 more a year than originally proposed by city staff and stakeholders. It will now cost businesses a flat fee of $300 annually to set up a sidewalk café. Plus, for cafés that require use of city streets there will be an additional charge of $105 a year for every parking spot infringed upon. A new $100 per year fee was also created for those establishments wishing to place either sales racks or up to two tables and eight chairs on the sidewalk. At a March 7 meeting only councillors Judy Sentes and Andrew Jakubeit supported such fees. However, most on council (Coun. Garry Litke was not in attendance) said they reversed their positions after hearing from the stakeholders in the area. “I was at the meeting with all the restaurateurs,” said Coun. John Vassilaki, a former restaurateur himself who two weeks prior had asserted that a sidewalk café could generate “tens of thousands of dollars” a year. “One thing I recognized was … that economics have changed from the time I ran restaurants to today. It is completely different.” Vassilaki said in the current economic reality the new fees are a fair price for restauranteurs to pay. “I hope they do well,” he added.

18.6 cu.ft. Whirlpool® BottomFreezer Refrigerator

15 5

Save an Extra



on your purchase when you use Save an extra 10% when you use any other tender Some exceptions apply. See store for details. GMM:ALL/BUYER:ALL/DMM:ALL/PG:1

Z110: April 4th ONLY




Published Wednesdays and Fridays in Penticton at: 2250 Camrose St., Penticton B.C. V2A 8R1 Phone: (250) 492-3636 • Fax: (250) 492-9843 • E-mail:


Partisan accusations drowning out issues


ell, they’re off and running. Unfortunately, chances are they’ll be right back where they started when the race ends in a month from

now. Like it or not, Canadians are being thrust into a situation where they would rather not be, but one they are becoming all too familiar with. For the fourth time in the past seven years, the nation is heading to the polls. But when the charges and accusations die down and the dust finally settles, Canada’s electoral map will likely remain relatively unchanged. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives head into the election with 143 seats, a dozen shy of what’s needed to form a majority government. And while some recent polls suggest the Tories could eek out a razor-thin majority, history suggests the May 2 election will bring another Conservative minority government. The problems faced by many voters is that this election campaign has precious little to do with the many pressing issues facing the country today. The Conservatives are hammering away at the prospect of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff’s secret desire to form a coalition government. This despite the fact that Harper embraced the prospect of a coalition when he was on the opposition side of the house. Only in Canadian politics could bipartisan co-operation be seen as a dirty word. The Liberals meanwhile would like this election to focus on the contempt of Parliament ruling levelled against the governing Conservatives. But coming from the party that brought us the Sponsorship Scandal, it’s unlikely to gain a lot of traction with voters. The accusations and allegations will drown out any significant policy differences that would help voters make an enlightened decision. Another minority government will be formed, the petty partisan bickering will continue and Canadians will be left wondering how long until they again head back to the polls.

2250 Camrose Street, Penticton, B.C. V2A 8R1 Tel: (250) 492-3636 Fax: (250) 492-9843 Publisher: Mark Walker Editor: Dan Ebenal Sales Manager: Larry Mercier

The Penticton Western News is a member in good standing of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association and the British Columbia & Yukon Community Newspapers Association. The Penticton Western News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888687-2213 or go to www. This publication reserves the right to refuse any material — advertising or editorial — submitted for publication and maintains the sole right to exercise discretion in these matters. Submissions by columnists and guest writers do not necessarily reflect the opinion of this newspaper. All material contained herein is copyright.

Facing up to online anxiety O

K, so the social media bubble is about to burst, just like the dotcom one imploded in the early years of this century. Warren Buffet said so and, well, disputing financial advice with the world’s third wealthiest man is an argument that you’ve lost before it started. Besides, the signs are everywhere. The road to Farmville — OK, Facebook, if you insist on its proper name — is now valued at an outrageous $65 billion and Twitter — which started in 2007 and has yet to come up with a stable model for how it will actually make money — is valued at $5 billion. Don’t get me wrong, I like both Facebook and Twitter. They’re useful tools, especially in the news and communications business. They let us keep in touch with friends and family and keep up to date on a moment-by-moment basis with whatever topic we choose. And with a million people signing up in just 24 hours as followers of Charlie Sheen’s Twitter feed, it’s hard to argue that many others find social media useful too. Shameless plug: That is, if following Charlie Sheen’s antics can be considered useful; try following the Penticton Western News feed if you really want to be kept up to date with information that matters to you. But it’s also becoming more


apparent there is a darker side to social media. Now that the fun of connecting with longlost friends has started to show some fading around the edges, people are starting to wonder if they should be scheduling their lives around watering virtual pumpkins on virtual farms in a virtual game. And how well the pumpkins are doing isn’t the only thing that is causing people to get anxious about their Facebook page. Facebook guilt over trying to keep up with all these relationships that you have forged is becoming a recognized phenomenon. It goes something like this. You start by friending your friends — and yes, I know that is redundant, but this is Facebook speak — and family. While you could have actually just called these folks once in a while, you now get to keep up with their doings on a status

by status basis and they with you. Then, lo and behold, an old friend who you haven’t even thought of in years finds you. Cool! But that’s also the beginning of the Facebook guilt complex. Because sooner or later, someone is going to find you that you would rather not be reconnecting with. And rejecting that friend request is going to stress you out, just like not being able to keep up with all the messages from your new friends is. (And hey, let’s not forget Linkedin, which lets business people stress out over their professional contacts too!) And it’s not just me making this up as I go along. Well, it is, but I’ve got a study to back me up. Research released by Edinburgh Napier University earlier this year found that for students using the social media giant, the negative effects of Facebook outweigh the benefits of staying in touch with friends and family. You thought being the most popular kid in school was easy? Turns out it’s a vortex of despair that pulls harder the more you try to escape. The more amount of time the students invested in Facebook and the more contacts they had, the more they were likely to be stressed out by it. According to the uni-

versity study, rejecting friend requests caused 32 per cent of respondents to feel guilty and 12 per cent said Facebook in general made them feel anxious. And don’t forget about the pumpkins on your farm — they’re probably dying off as you read this. But setting aside cheap shots at Farmville addicts and university studies, it’s easy to see what is happening with social media. It’s the same thing as with dotcoms — all part of something called the Gartner Hype Cycle, which isn’t as difficult to understand as it sounds. It says that people will get really excited about a new technology, reaching a “Peak of Inflated Expectations” which suddenly drops to the opposite extreme, before people figure out its real value and integrate it in a very productive way. And, it seems, the signs are that social media is about to drop into a very deep “Trough of Disillusionment.” But even so, I’m not going to give up any of my Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Myspace, Foursquare, Weebly, Google Buzz, Ning, Flickr, Digg, Del., Ping, Last.FM, Reddit, Ditto apps and sites. Steve Kidd is a journalist with the Penticton Western News who is getting anxious over posting this column to his Facebook page.




Family left in the dark On Jan. 27, we came home from work and school to find that our power had been disconnected, but were unable to do anything about it because the ridiculous clerk office hours (closes at 4:30 p.m., many people don’t even finish work until 5 p.m.). We have two children and no family should be left in the dark and without any heat during the winter months. I was surprised and unaware of any possible disconnection for late payment because I did not receive a ‘Blue’ reminder in the mail. I’m used to the blue reminder system, and know from past experiences that this amount must be paid immediately. Sometimes, things do get lost or redirected in the mail, this is why I think that the City of Penticton should have a better system in place for when these things happen or a much more forgiving late-system in place. I received my bill on Jan. 19, and then eight days later was cut off. As the city may know, times are tough

Keep increase in check

Recent comments in the Penticton Western from Jason Cox, president of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber, raised my ire. Mr. Cox suggests that if the minimum wage (for unskilled labour) in B.C. goes up, “… their skilled counterpart across the hall or across the room is going to need a reciprocal increase as well to maintain that value differential.” What’s that? Did I hear right? Is he suggesting that when the wage for the workers at the bottom of the ladder goes up, there is some moral or unwritten obligation for everyone else to get a raise too? If you have five kids and you realize that one of them isn’t getting enough food, you either divvy up the food better or you spend a bit more on food. Your solution depends on whether you have enough money to buy more food. Do those who are getting by need to get more money when someone else (who isn’t getting by) finally gets enough to get by. If everyone gets a proportionate raise at the same time, there is no net change for people at the bottom. Low-income employees work hard and they too deserve to be fairly compensated for their efforts. People earning minimum wage don’t “deserve” to be at the bottom. They aren’t there because they like it there. They are there because not everyone can be at the top. If an employee gets a raise who is not at the bottom, they don’t ever feel compelled to share their newfound wealth. No, instead, they seem to think they somehow deserve it. In “for-profit” enterprises where

Introducing the

myStyle Mortgage Package ™

financially for people, especially for families following the holiday season. I would hope that in the future, they could implement some sort of call-out system that could remind people that they are in arrears or give more notice to the people of Penticton before cutting their power. Maybe even review our city bylaws, ‘Disconnection for nonpayment’, to allow for more notice. I know that Fortis, Telus, Shaw or any other large service company will allow more leniency and not shut off their service for a matter of $60. TimeLine: Dec. 31, 2010 made a payment of $100 for arrears amount; new bill, date Jan. 14, 2011; bill received on Jan. 19, 2011 (No ‘Blue’ reminder); power shut off Jan. 27, 2011. I hope that in the future there can be a better and more caring system in place for the families of Penticton. Erica McDowell Penticton

the business is just getting by, the employer will simply look at how to keep the bottom line the same and will reduce hours of the employees when the entry level positions cost more. They won’t declare Christmas for their employees. The ones who need a leg up are the ones who have little taxable or no taxable income, the ones who work hard and don’t have much hope of reaching the top because, well, those positions aren’t vacant! The ones trying to feed their five kids, the ones spending the majority of their disposable income just to survive, the ones who don’t have a retirement plan because there is no money left over to put away (try surviving on full-time take-home pay of $14,000 a year). Let’s raise our glasses to those working for minimum wage, and give them a comparative leg up. No, Christmas isn’t coming early for all employees, because if every employee gets a raise at the same time, it would wipe out the proportionate pitiful gain of those at the bottom. And the small business owner has but a finite amount of money for payroll. Arlene Arlow Keremeos

Something’s fishy

Scientists from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans were pressured to write speeches helping government MPs explain the collapse of salmon stocks, the Cohen Commission has been told. Surely when nine million salmon disappear, the role of scientists is to provide factual information, not write speeches to make politicians’

lives easier. But on the day this story broke, things started looking even fishier for the Harper government. Bruce Carson, a senior advisor to the prime minister, was accused of using his political access for personal gain. Meanwhile media recently reiterated other disheartening news: the “in and out” scandal involving allegations of improper election spending; the un-tendered contract for fighter jets; a minister of the Crown’s doctoring of an official document; a different minister of the Crown using official government letterhead to solicit political donations; the government of Canada being found in contempt of Parliament for refusing to provide financial details of its tough-oncrime agenda, the cost of stealth fighter jets and corporate tax cuts, thereby triggering an election; and the government’s last-ditch hopes of buying its way out of this, by pacifying the Bloc Quebecois with a $2 billion cheque to Quebec. Shall we drop in and see how the newly-minted speech-writers from Fisheries might handle all this, if called upon to broaden their skills? “To fish, or not to fish?” No, nix that. “Friends, Parliamentarians, Countrymen, lend us your votes. We come to bury questions not to raise them.” Nope. Not quite right. How about: “Let the people sleep, perchance to dream that nothing’s rotten in the state....” What a challenge for our fish scientists. Even Shakespeare would throw up his hands. Barbara Lambert Penticton

SAME-DAY Tax RRefunds efunds ...IN CASH! Open 7 Days A Week

PENTICTON MONEY MART 496 Main Street Downtown Penticton (250) 487-1192

The Independence You want with the Assistance You Need Need.

Call for for your personall ttour our


• • • • • • • • •

3 meals a day Housekeeping Services In-house activities &The Concorde Bus for group outings Complete privacy in your own suite Supportive Living Respite Guest suite available for short term stay Help available when you need it Floor plans range from bachelor suite to 2 bdrm with 2 baths Small pets welcome


The Concorde offers seniors freedom of choice with the most comprehensive range of optional assisted living services while maintaining your independence.

3235 Skaha Lake Rd., Penticton, BC • E-mail:


Colour Me Healthy Holistic Pet Practitioner




Veterinarian Recommended

Linda Buhler 250-485-7116

Cut Your Debt By Up To 70% • Avoid bankruptcy • 0% Interest • Rebuild your credit • Low monthly payments

1-250-499-7126 Working For YOU, Not Your Creditors Free No Obligation Consultation All 4 PillarsTM Of½ces are independently owned and operated. 4 PillarsTM and it’s associated trademarks are used under license.

Prison plan a sign of desperation

I am very disappointed that our council members voted unanimously to pursue the idea of having a provincial jail in our community. This is yet another example of ad hoc planning, driven in part by outsiders who do not have a stake in the long-term impact of their proposals, and in part by our leaders’ misguided desperation to create jobs — any kind of jobs — that will attract people to live here, hopefully spend their disposable income here (no matter how slim) and add to our tax base (no matter how minimally). Of course jobs are important, but good jobs will arise from solid planning that nurtures a creative, knowledge-based economy. What we fail to recognize is that desperation planning that focuses on service jobs brands a community as “poor” and contributes to a downward spiral that widens the gap between community needs for infrastructure and services on the one hand and tax revenues to support these needs on

the other hand. The arguments against a jail in our community, apart from debunking the illusory perceived benefits, are many. They include the mass of evidence that incarceration does not reduce crime rates, but education and reduction of poverty does. This leads to the moral conclusion that the same tax dollars would be much better spent on education and health care infrastructure for the mentally ill than on prisons. But beyond this there are some very practical arguments as well, including: the likelihood that many jail staff will not live and buy or rent their homes here; that being branded as a jail town is in direct conflict with our avowed aim to be a destination tourism centre; and that any financial gains would be offset by the steep infrastructure costs to service the facility that local government would have to bear. For more information on the true economic impact of jails on their host communities, readers should check out a

April Composting Programs BecomeȱaȱMasterȱComposterȱ/ȱRecyclerȱ ȱ

Time:ȱSaturdayȱAprilȱ9ȱandȱSundayȱAprilȱ10ȱ Location:ȱRDOSȱOfficeȱandȱPentictonȱCommunityȱGardenȱ Cost:ȱFreeȱ Intensiveȱ2ȱdayȱcourse.ȱBecomeȱaȱcommunityȱeducator.ȱLearnȱtheȱ fundamentalsȱofȱcomposting,ȱrecyclingȱandȱwaterȬwiseȱgardeningȱtoȱ helpȱpeopleȱinȱyourȱcommunityȱbecomeȱmoreȱsustainable.ȱȱ

OneȱDayȱOnlyȱCompostȱSaleȱ ȱ

Time:ȱSaturdayȱAprilȱ16thȱfromȱ8:30ȱamȱtoȱ12:30ȱpmȱ Location:ȱCampbellȱMountainȱLandfill,ȱReservoirȱRoadȱ Cost:ȱ$5ȱperȱbagȱ/ȱ$40ȱperȱtonneȱ(discountȱoverȱ5ȱtonnes)ȱ Residents,ȱlandscapersȱandȱagriculturistsȱareȱinvitedȱtoȱpurchaseȱfreshȱ Pentictonȱcompost.ȱExtraȱstaffȱtoȱspeedȱyouȱthrough.ȱUnbaggedȱsoȱpleaseȱ bringȱyourȱownȱcontainer.ȱContactȱtheȱCityȱofȱPentictonȱforȱdetails.ȱ

FreeȱBackyardȱCompostȱWorkshopȱ ȱ

Time:ȱSaturdayȱAprilȱ16ȱatȱ1ȱpmȱuntilȱ2ȱpmȱ Location:ȱPentictonȱCommunityȱGardenȱonȱVancouverȱAveȱ Cost:ȱFreeȱ LearnȱhowȱtoȱbackyardȱcompostȱeffectivelyȱinȱourȱhotȱOkanaganȬ Similkameenȱclimate.ȱȱLearnȱaȱvarietyȱofȱsimpleȱcompostingȱtechniques.ȱȱ

OneȱMorningȱOnlyȱCompostȱBinȱSaleȱȱ ȱ

Time:ȱSaturday,ȱAprilȱ30ȱfromȱ8:30ȱamȱtoȱ11:30ȱamȱ Location:ȱ101ȱMartinȱStreet,ȱDowntownȱPentictonȱ CostȱperȱBin:ȱ$39ȱtaxesȱincludedȱȱ Backyardȱcompostingȱisȱaȱfunȱandȱeasyȱwayȱtoȱmakeȱexcellentȱsoilȱ conditionerȱforȱplantsȱwhileȱcuttingȱbackȱonȱyourȱgarbage.ȱEachȱ subsidizedȱbinȱcomesȱwithȱaȱhelpfulȱmanualȱtoȱgetȱyouȱstarted.ȱȱ

ForȱDetailsȱorȱtoȱRegisterȱContact:ȱ ȱ

RegionalȱDistrictȱofȱOkanaganȬSimilkameenȱSolidȱWasteȱDepartmentȱ 101ȱMartinȱStreet,ȱPentictonȱBCȱV2Aȱ5J9ȱ Phone:ȱ250Ȭ490Ȭ4129ȱ TollȱFree:ȱ1Ȭ877Ȭ610Ȭ3737ȱ Fax:ȱ250Ȭ492Ȭ0063ȱ info@rdos.bc.caȱȱ ȱ www.rdos.bc.caȱȱ

recent research report from Washington State University: WSU Researchers Find Prisons Offer Few Economic Benefits to Small Towns at pages/publications.asp?Action=Detail&P ublicationID=9420. Our city and our region do not desperately need a jail. We do desperately need integrated, proactive planning to achieve a clear vision for a strong and flourishing community for future generations, driven by a creative economy. In tandem with that we need policies and an action plan with accountability that ensures every step is specifically geared to reaching that end. Our community governance needs to play a much more proactive role in guiding our path to a prosperous future. A jail will not be part of that process; worse, it will make it much harder for us to reach our destination. It is the wrong way to go and it is regressive. Gerry Karr Penticton

Supporting education

First, we’d like to acknowledge and thank the Penticton Western News for its continued coverage and generous support of Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence and the associated fundraising campaign at the Penticton campus. In so many ways, this is a good news story that the community is interested in reading about. While the provincial and federal governments have both shown their commitment to this innovative project by providing almost $23 million in funding, the remaining $5 million will come from the community, with over $2.5 million already secured — a true testament to the significance of this project. The Centre of Excellence has tremendous potential to transform our community. The jobs it has provided have already been of immense value during an economic downturn. The jobs that it will continue to provide are vital to our area’s economy. So too are the people it will train and educate. That knowledge has spurred us to also lend our support to the fundraising campaign. As a group of professionals within the South Okanagan-Similkameen region, we realize how this project will shape the future of our community — certainly in terms of increasing close-tohome access to leading-edge educational opportunities for our youth. And of course, the estimated economic impact — an additional $41 million annually to the region — is significant. But perhaps most important are the long-term effects of the Centre of Excellence. This new facility (one of the greenest of its kind in Canada) will attract and keep students in the Valley — injecting new life into our community. These are the people who will raise their families here, increase business activity in the community, and contribute to the development of our region. It is with this in mind that we have pledged our personal commitment to the Centre of Excellence, and we urge others to consider joining us. Together, we can help this unique project realize its full potential — for our benefit and for the next generation who will learn here, live here and, at the end of the day, invest and prosper here. Myers Bennett, Valley First; Jane Drapeau, National Bank Financial; Tom Kampman, Kampman Oliver Keene McAndrews; Dr. Gerry Karr; Ian S. Kennedy, White Kennedy, Chartered Accountants; Dr. Eric Ruby

We want to hear from you The Penticton Western News welcomes letters to the editor for publication. Letters must include the writer’s address and daytime phone number, which will not be published. Letters should be signed with the writer’s full name and be sent by e-mail to letters@pentictonwesternnews. com; mailed to the Penticton Western News, 2250 Camrose St., Penticton, B.C., V2A 8R1; or faxed to 492-9843.




WALMART CORRECTION NOTICE For our flyer effective Mar. 25 - 31/11. Page 5: Equate Bonus Size 125 + 25 pads or 500+100 swabs should be 125 pads or 500 swabs. Page 24: Karcher 1,600-PSI Power Washer does not include the Dirtblaster wand. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.



Summer will ill bbe hhere bbefore f we know it! Are you ready? Join us thru 4 weeks of energizing workouts designed to get you in shape, feel and looking your best in anything from your summer shorts, bathing suits, work attire, and for you brides and grooms... your wedding day. Don’t miss out! All sizes & fitness levels come to camp! Check out my website for your camp times and sign up!

Magic of Ireland on stage — NEXT FRIDAY, audiences in the South Okanagan

SHEILA KAMARAUS ~ Certified Camp Trainer

will get a little taste of the old country as the Magic of Ireland performance troupe brings their blend of traditional Irish and Celtic music, songs, stories and dance to the stage of Venables Auditorium in Oliver. These are the sounds heard through the years at harvest celebrations and family get-togethers, in kitchen parties and at local taverns.

250.488.3671 • •

Penticton Tuneagers Present:

A Song In Our Heart

Tour photos by Loring Von Palleske

A touch of Ireland comes to Oliver

live. Every note, every lyric, every tap is performed live and presented without the use of recorded elements to fill out the sound. Since this is the case, they said, each performance is different from the next. “It’s so moving and it doesn’t drag anywhere, that’s for sure. These young people are so talented,” said Barnay. “They don’t just play one or two instruments … some of them play the fiddle and dance.” As with their 2006 performance, this show helps support the local work of the Kiwanis Club. Last time, Barnay said, the proceeds were “a nice shot in the arm” for the annual Kiwanis Music Festival. Tickets are $25 for the 7:30 p.m. show on April 8 and are available in Oliver at Beyond Bliss and the Kiwanis Saturday markets, Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos and in Penticton at the Visitors’ Centre and the Dragon’s Den. More information at 250498-5514 or 250-492-2580.

Kiwanis Music Festival tuning up for April Western News Staff

Over 1,500 performers will be competing in the 85th Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival, which gets underway with a series of piano competitions on April 5. The festival draws performers aged six to 30 from all over B.C. in the disciplines of piano, dance, classical voice and choral, musical theatre, speech and dramatic arts, strings, guitar, woodwinds, brass and recorder. Organizers describe it as a month full of incredible performances, which are free of charge to the public. The festival takes place in various locations around Penticton, with the exception of the dance competitions, all of which will be

held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. As last year, the normal venue for dance, Cleland Theatre, remains closed for reconstruction through this year’s festival. Two highlight concerts wind up the festival, with the adjudicators picking out the outstanding performances for the two wrap up shows. The first is the music highlights, sponsored by The Penticton Academy of Music, on April 29 at the Alliance Church, followed by the dance highlights on May 7 at the convention centre. A full listing of venues and program are available online at or by calling the office (250)493-8322. Tickets will be available at any of the festival venues or the office.

at Penticton United Church April 3rd, 2011 2pm Tickets $15 Available from

Penticton United Church: 250 492.2684 Wine Country Visitor Centre: 250 493.4055 Tuneagers Members: 250 770.1926

Real Home-Style Cooking Voted “Best Breakfast” 2006 to 2010 and “Best Lunch” 2010



MONDAY .............BEEF ROULADEN WITH ......................... CABBAGE AND GNOCCHI TUESDAY ...............CHICKEN FRICASSEE WEDNESDAY ..... VEAL CUTLETS DINNER THURSDAY...................CABBAGE ROLLS ........................................AND PEROGIES FRIDAY .........................FISH AND CHIPS

WE NOW OFFER BEER AND WINE! Mark Brett/Western News

JASPER MEIKLEJOHN warms up for one of his performances in the Grade 7 violin division of the instrumental strings section of the Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival last year. The competitions run throughout April at a variety of venues.



OPEN DAILY, 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. Located at 950 Westminster Avenue West

Music lovers from Oliver are going to have some world-class entertainment right at home next week, while their counterparts in Penticton will have to travel for a change. That’s because the Magic of Ireland performance troupe is coming to town on April 8 to play at the Venables Auditorium, rather than Penticton’s Cleland Theatre, which remains closed as part of the community pool reconstruction process. The last time the troupe brought their evening of evening of traditional music, song and dance to the South Okanagan was in 2006, and when they were planning another western tour, they wanted to put Penticton on the list. “The producer phoned me and asked, ‘Can we come back to Penticton?’” said Barnay, who helped organize the tour stop

last time. She suggested they might want to consider performing in the 500-seat Venables Auditorium at South Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver. This show brings to the stage traditional Irish and Celtic music in an evening filled with fast and graceful dance steps, authentic music and songs enhanced with traditional Irish and Celtic instruments. This production is comprised of a young and talented group of dancers and musicians dedicated to re-creating the ambience, moods and emotions associated with this Irish and Celtic music. The troupe’s energy, enthusiasm and precision have drawn praise from their audiences, including Barnay. “They’re really fun, because they are all high-energy. They are all professional dancers and musicians,” she said. “They’re quite amazing.” The troupe describes their show as unique, because every sound you hear is

STEVE KIDD Western News Staff



Arts & Entertainment Choir bids adieu to longtime director T. G . I . F. Western News Staff

A singular group of seniors is gathering for a special concert in Penticton’s United Church Sunday. Not only does A Song in our Heart celebrate the return of Spring, it will also be the last time music director Patti Craig will stand at the podium leading the Tuneagers in concert. Craig is retiring after 17 years with the seniors’ singing group, 11 of which were as director. The Tuneagers, which was the brainchild of Helene Scott

in 1970, started as a small support group for seniors who enjoyed singing. It has truly grown from those early days of a few singers and one or two instruments to a choir of 50 singers and orchestra of 12 musicians, all ranging in age from 55 to 90. Choir members say Craig will be greatly missed, who brought not only her interest in music, but also the experience of singing and directing musical theatre to the Tuneagers. Thanks to Craig, the group said, they have been able to

tackle may different styles of music, which in some cases have been a challenge for the group of amateur singers, but that Craig was sure they could handle. There are several small groups in the Tuneagers such as the Classy Combo, the Altones and the Melody Makers. These groups entertain at care homes and other functions where it would not be possible for the whole group to attend. The Tuneagers perform in several concerts in the Penticton area over the course

of the year as well as touring. Over their 40 years of existence, the have performed in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario as well as Hawaii and England. They have also performed on two cruises, one heading to the Caribbean and the other to Alaska. In fact, to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary in 2010, several members chose to celebrate by taking another Alaskan Cruise. Song In Our Heart gets underway at 2 p.m. in the Penticton United Church at 656 Main St.


Canadian “Superfood” Gaining International Attention Creator of UMAC Core™

Still Def ying The Odds UMAC-CORE is a unique product created out of an urgent need. In 2004 Tom Harper was diagnosed with a life threatening illness caused by asbestos exposure and given only months to live. He had been raising shellfish at his Research Sea Farm on Vancouver Island, simultaneously perfecting the only method worldwide of growing wild phytoplankton for use in the Aquaculture industry. Based on the wild plankton’s powerful nutritional profile, upon his diagnosis he decided to consume the blend of micronutrients as an energy source he so desperately needed at the time. Every day he ingested the minute ocean plants and every day he felt stronger and experienced less pain. Finally a surgeon performed exploratory surgery. To the doctor’s surprise he was inexplicably able to deliver Mr. Harper a clean bill of health. Six years later, Tom Harper is healthy and, in his words, “feeling totally different. I’m pain free and I’m leading a good, healthy, normal life.” Not long after the product was officially launched in Canada and the U.S.A., the University of Utah completed a randomized full double-blind placebo-control pilot study of UMAC-CORE over a 90 day period with human subjects. Doctors who conducted the studies were impressed with the results and concluded that UMAC-CORE really does help enhance the immune system and support mood fluctuations, quality of sleep, and overall emotional well-being. UMAC-CORE quickly gained far more attention than Harper could have imagined. “People were experiencing really positive shifts in their health,” Harper says. “Our success was consumer driven and we weren’t quite prepared for the demand. There were times when staff would offer to spend the night at the office so that we could get the product out, and they often did!” Today UMAC-CORE is available in over 800 health food stores across Canada, in stores all across the United States and overseas in Australia, New Zealand and Spain. Following the interest and countless testimonials from the public, UMAC-CORE has been written about in dozens of newspapers across North America – and the excitement continues to grow.

Tom Harper—Creator of UMAC Core™ Marine Phytoplankton carefully inspects a sample of newly grown wild Phytoplankton at his Sea farm on Vancouver Island, BC In fact, an independent website offers an opportunity to view the amazing “Another Day” video documentary of Mr. Harper’s patent pending discovery.

Unique Sea Farms’ only by-product is pure oxygen! Marine Phytoplankton consumes carbon dioxide and releases oxygen back into the atmosphere as it blooms in the one million litre outdoor open tanks.

Kim Iles of Choices 4 Wellness – a Retailer in Chatham Ontario says, “I recommend UMAC-CORE to everybody – it’s one of the top two products in our whole store and that’s because people see results! I tell people that if they needed to pick only one thing, then pick UMAC-CORE. It has all the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It’s a complete food and does so many different things in the body that it’s probably the most complete supplement to recommend.”

Also, once the majority of plankton is harvested, the remaining plankton nutrients are returned back to the ocean – 3 to 5 times more than what was originally “borrowed” to commence the bloom cycle; helping to strengthen the base of the ocean’s food chain.

People are even giving it to their pets with remarkable results. In fact, Kim Iles says it’s the results she gets with animals that have convinced her of the product’s efficacy. “It’s not a placebo effect when you give it to your pets. We’ve nursed sick animals back to health with UMAC-CORE. That’s how I judge if a product really works – if you can see results with animals – and we do.” Mr. Harper’s Sea Farm which grows the wild phytoplankton offered in UMACCORE is also making a positive impact on the environment. “I consider it one on the greenest companies in the world. Not only are we able to give back to human beings, we are also giving back to the planet.”

Extraordinary benefits have already been discovered with a product that has only been available for 5 years, with new clinical trials presently underway! UMAC Core is available in Liquid and Capsule formulations. For information call Hedley Enterprises at 1-888-292-5660 or to locate a Retailer near you go on-line to: Distributed by Hedley Ent. 1-888-292-5660

Nature’s Fare Markets Live Well. Live Organic.

#104 - 2210 Main St., Penticton, BC 250-492-7763

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. Sports on the big screen. 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 April 1 — Join the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. in the Penticton Bethel Tabernacle for Dances with David! as violinist David Greenberg returns to the stage with the OSO for a repeat performance. Tickets are available from the Penticton and Wine Country Information Centre, 553 Railway Street, Tel: 250-770-1470. April 1 — John Gilliat plays passionate and fiery Latin guitar, intertwining beautiful melodies with exotic percussion. The award-winning musician is bringing his flamenco guitar to the Dream Café for a performance starting at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. April 3 — Penticton Tuneagers present A Song in our Heart at 2 p.m. in the Penticton United Church. Tickets are $15 and are available at the church, the Wine Country Visitor Centre or by calling 250-770-1926. April 1 — The Penticton Art Gallery hosts their Open Mic and Art sharing night in the gallery tearoom on the first Friday of every month. Bring instruments, paints, poetry, your voice, and an open mind. First Fridays is free and doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 250-4932928, or visit April 2 — Bobby Bovenzi is offering a drumming workshop at 10 a.m. in the Penticton United Church. Tickets are $40, call 250-492-2684. April 2 — The Louisiana Hayride rolls into town, a live recreation of the long-lasting country radio show and featuring over 30 songs made famous by such artists as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline and more. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are available at the Penticton Visitors’ Centre.

Events April 3 — Drop in for a glass of bubbly and a chat at the Paw Prints Studio and Gallery’s Spring open house, featuring the work of gallery owner John Salsnek. The gallery will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. April 7 — Mind over Matter opens at Leir House with an Artist’s Talk and Walk from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event, which features work by members of the Penticton and Area Co-operative Enterprises, is intended to raise awareness for Mental Health Week. The exhibition runs until May 5. April 8 — In support of local endeavours and the Okanagan Symphony the Kiwanis Club presents the Magic of Ireland, with traditional Irish dance, song and storytelling at 7:30 p.m. in the SOSS Venables Auditorium. Tickets are $25 and are available in Oliver at Beyond Bliss and the Kiwanis Saturday markets, Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos and in Penticton at the Visitors’ Centre and the Dragon’s Den. More information at 250-498-5514 or 250-492-2580.



Arts & Entertainment Fool’s Day is Oliver Quilters set to dazzle crowds

tough novel to relate to H

opefully you haven’t been pranked yet today. Or at least the joke was more innocent fun than the practical jokes occurring in the house I’m visiting for spring break. Without getting into sordid details, suffice it to say that the teenage antics here HEATHER ALLEN have the mom, a doctor, ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB thrilled to be out on call delivering babies. People always speculate that it must be terrible to be born on Christmas day, but what must it be like to born an April fool? In Josip Novakovich’s novel April Fool’s Day, the main character is brought into the world on this inauspicious day. Because his parents didn’t want him to be perceived a fool his whole life, they recorded his birth as April 2. The scheme didn’t work. Ivan is an awkward, at times cruelly intelligent, deeply unfunny character who is nonetheless, a perfect fool. He grows up in an unforgiving time in Yugoslavia. A few decades before the civil war, tensions build between Serbs and Croats. As a young man Ivan is sent to a prison labour camp for uttering threats against the dictator Tito. Years later, when set free, Ivan is drafted into the Yugoslavian army — made up of Serbians slaying his fellow Croats. Forced to kill many Croats, he isn’t a character who is able to resist or to rise above the atrocities. Given a choice to die or to shoot an innocent man, he fires. As in all the other decisions leading up to this point, Ivan’s actions aren’t the stuff great heros are made of. Fools, certainly. At times, it’s hard to invest enough interest in this character who is so thoroughly unlikeable. He is sullen, rude and unable to forge true friendships. Even his own mother doesn’t particularly care for him. After the war, Ivan gets married to a woman who has no other options. When he suffers a major stroke, a doctor is called in but Ivan is so forgettable that his wife and the doctor are having sex as the death certificate is being signed. But somehow this book stuffed with equally unlikeable characters is thoroughly engaging. Novakovich’s writing is clear; his voice unique bordering on eccentric. His sharp descriptions, and especially his bizarre denouement, are unlike any other I’ve read. As you may have guessed, April Fool’s Day is also darkly, even wickedly, funny. Novakovich writes so well, you wonder whether given the same overwhelming heap of hopeless options, any of us of us would act better than the broken, drunken and damaged fools in his story. Heather Allen is a writer and reader who lives in Penticton.

Western News Staff

The 100-plus members of the Oliver Double “O” Quilters Guild will present their 11th show, Quilts and Beyond on April 15, 16 in the Oliver Community Hall. Organizers said it will be a dazzling display of more than 200 one-of-a-kind quilted and fabric art items that will fill the large gymnasium at the hall. During the two-day event there will also be an ongoing quilting bee, door-prizes, guest quilters, a quilters’ challenge, a merchant’s mall and a silent

auction of quality items made by Double “O” Quilters. Visitors will also have an opportunity to vote for Viewers Choice and for The Challenge quilt awards. Guest quilters Kathie Kirby and Marion Saunders, who are recognized locally and nationally for their work, will be on hand during the show to discuss and answer questions about their projects. Saunders, with 35 years of quilting experience, has been a member of the Double “O” Quilters since 1995. She enjoys handwork and is recognized for exceptional hand quilting,

appliqué work and quilted miniatures. Her penchant for detail, precision and colour was recognized at the 2008 Quilt Show with the Viewers’ Choice award and the Canadian Quilter’s ribbon. Kirby joined the Double “O” Quilters in 1989, served as president for two years and has been granted a lifetime membership for her 22 years of service. Kirby recieved recognition at the Oliver Art show for her speciality, thread painting, a free-motion machine strategy used in creating pictorial fabric art. Quilts and Beyond organ-

izers say Kirby has also been recognized both for her quilting expertise and her exceptional teaching ability. In celebration of Arts and Culture Week, Oliver merchants and businesses will display quilts for the month of April. These quilts highlight the work of Double “O” members from the past 10 shows. Viewers interested in the Townscape Quilt Walk will find quilts and a Quilt Walk guide at the participating stores. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 16.



Clif Martins


2011 Corolla CE 5M

Marjorie Jorgenson BUSINESS MANAGER

2011 Matrix 5M

Get up to $1,000

in cash bonuses on select models on top of already great offers.



2011 RAV4 4WD V6

Plus with every vehicle sold during the month of April, Penticton Toyota will donate a portion to the Red Cross Japan Relief Fund.


2011 Venza AWD

'Like Us' on Facebook and enter to win a family pass to watch the Cirque Du Soleil Dralion at the South Okanagan Events Centre.



Toyota's Star Safety SystemTM features our six advanced accident avoidance safety technologies. Toyota is the first full-line manufacturer to make all of the elements of the Star Safety SystemTM standard on every new 2011 vehicle.

The Penticton Western News is embracing social networking. Whether you are a facebook junkie or dabbler, go to your account and add Penticton Western-News to your friend list and get your headlines delivered to you.



TOYOTA 2405 SKAHA LAKE ROAD • 250-493-1107 • 1-888-493-1107 • DL. #6994

H?=2.82>.A16<?E?@2:C6@5 #.;1AD696.>E;=A@


H9A2@<<@5ÂŽ.;1+ &.@2996@2%.16<ÂŽ


H";&@.>â&#x201E;˘C6@5 <;@5?6>20@6<;?.;1<;;20@6<;?#9.;~



LaCrosse CXS Model Shown H#<C2>C.E>6B2>?&2.@17A?@2>






B4<-;77;0ÂŽ&!);-441;- ),17ÂŽ#!!;-9-768<;

B C :873-4<516<5%0--4:



Regal CXL Model Shown

HWY: 6.5 L/100 km - 43 mpgW CITY: 10.8 L/100 km - 26 mpg

B9<A-76;9747>-9%16,7>: 7+3: -);-,19979:






B   "ÂŽ Engine with Direct Injection

;09A12?>2645@#=9A?  .?5.9@2>;.@6B2@<<=@6<;?.;1.002??<>62? â&#x2C6;&#x17E;







'"(&'" - ,"(%(â&#x2C6;&#x17E; X













HWY: 8.4 L/100 km - 34 mpgW CITY: 12.7 L/100 km - 22 mpg

&'"#&',# Enclave CXL Model Shown







Call Bob Brown Buick GMC at 250-493-7121, or visit us at 1010 Westminster Avenue West, Penticton. [License #7241]

For the latest information, visit us at, call 1-800-GMDRIVE or visit your local Buick dealer. */x/â&#x20AC;Ą/â&#x2C6;&#x17E;Offers apply to purchase price of 2011 Buick LaCrosse CX (R7B)/ Enclave CX FWD (R7A)/ Regal CXL (R7B). Dealer order or trade may be required. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate Program in whole or in part at any time without notice. PDI and freight ($1,450) included. License, insurance, registration, administration fees, PPSA and taxes are not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers valid to May 2, 2011. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in the BC GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. x$3,200 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit available on 2011 Enclave CX FWD (tax exclusive) for retail customers only. Other cash credits available on most models. See your GM dealer for details. â&#x20AC;ĄBased on a 48 month lease for new (demonstrator not eligible) 3.9%/4.9%/0.9% advertised on 2011 Buick LaCrosse CX (R7B)/ Enclave CX FWD (R7A)/ Regal CXL (R7B) equipped as described. Annual kilometer limit of 20,000km, $0.20 per excess kilometer. OAC by FinanciaLinx Corporation. Lease APR may vary depending on down payment/trade. Down payment or trade of $5,349/$6,549/$3,699 and security deposit may be required. $350 lease acquisition fee included in purchase price. Total obligation is $26,329/$31,114/$22,868. Option to purchase at lease end is $11,483/$13,900/$10,800 plus applicable taxes. Other lease options available. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in Canada. Freight $1,450 included. License, insurance, registration, fees associated with publication/filing at moveable property registry/PPSA, administration fees, duties and taxes not included. Dealers GMCL may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. â&#x2C6;&#x17E;Offer applies to new or demonstrator 2011 GM vehicles delivered between February 1 and May 2, 2011 at participating dealers in Canada. Dealer order or trade may be required. Retail customers will receive $1,000 (tax exclusive),to be used towards the purchase of genuine GM Accessories and Options. Installation not included. Alternatively, the $1,000 manufacturer-to-dealer Extra Luxury Event credit (tax exclusive) may be applied to the vehicle purchase price. This offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See your GM dealer for details.WBased on GM testing in accordance with Transport Canada methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. ~OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery) wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Subscription Service Agreement required. Call 1-888-4ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827) or visit for OnStarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and details and system limitations. Additional information can be found in the OnStar Ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide. ,The Best Buy seal is a registered trademark of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under licence.



HWY: 7.3 L/100 km - 39 mpgW CITY: 12.2 L/100 km - 23 mpg H 5=);46;2C6@56>20@;720@6<;

$428 ;09A12?>2645@#=9A?  .?5.9@2>;.@6B2@<<=@6<;?.;1.002??<>62? 






AT  "!'&










$542 $6,549 ;09A12?>2645@#=9A? .?5>216@X.;1  .?5.9@2>;.@6B2 @<<=@6<;?.;1.002??<>62? â&#x2C6;&#x17E;

Navigation System Side Blind Zone Alert Head-Up Display Headrest DVD System Premium Audio System Adaptive Forward Lighting

$4,649 "*!

4 AT  "!'&

498 $

$ ,


$648 #%

!*&"% #(%&#%





!&"% &"*&





H#<C2>C.E>6B2>?&2.@.;1'>6F<;296:.@2<;@><9 H I#<96?5219A:6;A:*5229? H9A2@<<@5ÂŽ.;1+ &.@2996@2%.16<ÂŽ H";&@.>â&#x201E;˘C6@5 <;@5?6>20@6<;?.;1<;;20@6<;?#9.;~ H #);46;2C6@56>20@;720@6<; H&=221920@><;60A@<:.@60'>.;?:6??6<; H&@./696'>.8â&#x201E;˘920@><;60&@./696@E<;@><9&E?@2: H$A62@'A;6;4;@2>6<>./6;'205;<9<4E









Outspoken host visits city Rafe Mair to speak at Shatford Centre Saturday afternoon BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

Mark Brett/Western News

ENTERING THE RACE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dan Bouchard of Penticton has decided to throw his hat into the ring once again for the Green Party in the Okanagan Coquihalla riding in the upcoming federal election. He ďŹ nished third behind the Conservatives and NDP in the 2008 race with over 13 per cent of the vote

Crime Stoppers seeking suspects Crime Stoppers is asking the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistance in locating the following individuals who are wanted on provincewide warrants as of March 25. Michael A l a n Poslowsky is wanted for possession of drugs for Poslowsky the purpose

of trafficking and failing to attend court. Poslowsky is described as a 47-yearold non-white male, fiveSheena foot-eight, 146 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Roderick Alec Sheena is wanted for failing to appear in court.

Sheena is described as a 34-yearold Native male, five-foot-11, 180 pounds, with black hair with brown eyes. Crime Stoppers will pay cash for information leading to 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. or Text â&#x20AC;&#x153;sostipsâ&#x20AC;? and send your info to CRIMES (274637).

Former Social Credit cabinet minister and political commentator Rafe Mair will be in Penticton Saturday as part of a provincewide series of engagements called: A Town-hall Tour for Common Sense Canadians. As a radio talk-show host throughout much of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s on Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CKNW, Mair made a name for himself as a thoughtful, witty and, at times, abrasive stewart of political discourse. Two years ago, when he last spoke in Penticton, Mair said that if the BC Liberal government continues on its â&#x20AC;&#x153;path of disseminating BC Hydroâ&#x20AC;?, the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents will face huge price hikes in our electrical bills. Since then, accord-

ing to Mair, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we now face, on average, 50 per cent hikes in our electrical bills.â&#x20AC;? Once again, Mair will speak on issues affecting B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rivers, hydro bills, fish and democracy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matters of left and right, but of right and wrong,â&#x20AC;? said Mair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for common sense Canadians to band together through our own media and community organizing to address our greatest challenges: protecting our environment and democracy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can be the generation that lost B.C. or, together, we can be the one that saved it.â&#x20AC;? The town hall meeting will also include former provincial Green Party candidate Julius Bloomfield, an advocate for alternative energies such as solar and wind, and filmmaker Damien Gillisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new short documentary on the proposed Enbridge Pipeline to B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Coast. The event will take place Saturday at 2 p.m.

at the Shatford Centre (the old Pen High building across from the Penticton Public Library).


Save you $50 a Week!


Visit our other Black Press sites

Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fare would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who does their part in keeping our Earth clean and beautiful on April 22nd and every day.


Tell us how you pamper our beautiful earth and you could win a

100% organic, local produce & grocery

Over 2.2 million books, magazines and newspapers

100% biodegradable deli containers, coffee cups & to-go containers

Runner up prizes include 1 of 4 Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Path gift baskets

environmentally friendly cleaning products 100% biodegradable & recyclable bags BPA free till tape

flyers printed on 100% post consumer waste with vegetable-based inks

Simply visit any Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fare Markets location and enter using the ballots provided or send us an email to Contest closes April 21, 2011. See in store or online for more details...

By reusing your bag, you have helped Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fare Markets raise more than $3,360.27 for the Sierra Club and over $9,934.59 for local Food Banks thus far. THANK YOU for your generous contribution to the environment and your community. thank you.


#5 - 1350 Summit Dr. 250.314.9560


#120 - 1876 Cooper Rd. 250.762.8636


#120 - 19880 Langley ByPass 778.278.1300


#104 - 2210 Main St. 250.492.7763


#104 - 3400 30th St. 250.260.1117


#104 - 3480 Carrington Rd. 250.707.3935




Sports Editor: Emanuel Sequeira • Phone: 492-3636 ext. 224 • E-mail:

Tigers striving to be West’s best, again EMANUEL SEQUEIRA Western News Staff

The South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association Tigers may be challenged to remain the Best of the West. After winning the tournament they hosted last year a revamped roster could make things interesting as the Tigers begin their championship defence today. Brett Fleming said the team is looking decent as they open the tournament against the PBF Redbirds from Calgary at McNicoll Park at 9 a.m. “We have some rust with new players,” said Fleming, a pitcher and third baseman for the Tigers. “I think we will do pretty well.” The new additions include Kyle Hunt, Paul Pereversoff, Raphael Jackson and Sean Peters. Returning are Cole Depner, Eric Maurer, Ryohei Ito, Fleming and Nick Bravi. Graduates from last year were J.J. d’Aoust, Ryo Shishido, Brendan Clarke and Dylan Schumacher. Arron Albano, Dylan Ames, Eythan Brown and Lucas Romano are not playing this year. Tanner Collins and Kyle Peters are playing in the B.C. Premier Baseball

League with the Okanagan A’s and the Abbotsford Cardinals respectively. What Fleming likes is that the group is showing early chemistry and he feels the group will get better as the year goes on. On the shoulders of Fleming other returning players will be showing the new players the way. One of the things Fleming is excited to see during the weekend is how some of the Bantams will fare as the team plans to use three affiliate players. The team is missing a few players who are away on holidays. As the Tigers did their warm ups at McNicoll Park on Wednesday, Deleon said his team will be competitive this weekend. “I’m pretty confident in the group,” said Deleon. “The group seems eager.” However, Deleon said the depth isn’t as strong as last year. As long as winter has been, Deleon is eager to get things going. Once the Best of the West tournament concludes, the Tigers head on a coastal trip to Cloverdale and Whiterock. The Tigers coach intends to use this weekend to figure out what each player’s role will be. Some players are likely to play multiple

Mark Brett/Western News

SOMBA TIGER Cole Depner worked on his bunts during a practice at the Adidas Sportsplex where the team prepared for their season before returning outdoors.

positions. “The strength of this team is how they have gelled in a quick time frame,” said Deleon. “A lot of guys didn’t do winter ball because of other commitments.”

The Tigers play their second game Friday at 4:30 p.m. against the Tri Cities Indians at McNicoll Park. On Saturday they will face the Richmond Chuckers at 9:30 a.m. at Carmi Field. A skills competi-

tion will take place at McNicoll at 2:30 p.m. followed by semifinal action at 4:15 p.m. Sunday will have consolation games at 9:30 a.m. The championship game will be at 12:30 p.m.

Rockets win female title Apex Mountain hosting snow battle debut Western News Staff

by Bre Frasca and Colby Williams. The Wildcats evened the score at two in the second period and it remained tied until midway through the third period, when Emily Gervais potted the winner for the Rockets. They played aggressively the rest of the way to protect their lead. All assists were by the following players: Williams, Sam Fieseler, MacKenzie Barrie, Gervais, Shylah Gibb and Cora Sutton. Before the final con-

The Thompson Okanagan Female Midget AAA Rockets are 2010/11 champions after they defeated the Kootenay Wildcats 2-1 in a best-ofthree series. The Rockets retrieved the title in game three with a 3-2 win. With the seats packed, the Rockets finished the first period with a 2-1 lead, which left the arena roaring. The first two goals were scored

test, the Wildcats won the opening game 3-1 and the Rockets won game two 3-2. The Rockets team consists of players and staff from Penticton, Princeton, Summerland, Westside, Kelowna, Lake Country, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Kamloops. The team now heads to Edmonton for the Pacific Midget Championships which allows a shot at attending the Esso Nationals April 17 to 23.

Special to Western News

Riley Thompson can’t believe his luck. After years of detentions for his favourite winter activity, the 10-year old from Okanagan Falls finally gets to throw snowballs without reprisal. During the last weekend of the ski season and spring break, Apex will host a snowball fight on April 2 to introduce the Okanagan to Yukigassen — the latest winter craze to hit Canada. Yukigassen (pronounced yew-keegah-sen) means ‘snow battle’ in Japan where the sport originated. “It’s the winter equivalent of paintball and dodge ball,” said executive director of Yukigassen Canada based in Penticton, Carrie Ferguson. A typical match pits two teams of seven on an official snow court. Each team is armed with 90 Yukigassen

snowballs as they enter the battlefield to capture the other team’s flag. Men and women, boys and girls aged nine and up can play wearing helmets and face shields. Everyone is welcome to try their gloves during a ‘Learn’ament hosted by Apex that day. The equipment is provided and the event is free. This will be the last chance to try Yukigassen this season, but Ferguson said not to worry. “Next year, Apex will host a fully sanctioned Yukigassen tournament where the winning team will qualify for the Canadian National championships in Edmonton,” she said. Teams can register for next year’s Yukigassen qualifier at the ‘Learn’ament. Thompson may not be old enough for the championships but he said he’ll be at the ‘Learn’ament. “I can’t wait to try Yukigassen!” said Thompson. The snowball fight is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.





1997 CHEV 1500 PICK-UP

4.0L auto 74,027 kms

Follow us on



5.0L auto 205,853 kms $


2.4L manual 87,170 kms




2007 FORD EDGE 3.5L auto 73,798 kms




2002 KIA SPECTRA 1.8L auto 124,046 kms





550 Duncan Avenue W. Penticton





D.L. #30911










off your empty ink Research cartridge prices, volume, quantity and remanufac- Drop and laser cartridges turing capability before buying that inexpensive printer. Mon-Fri. 8:30am-5;00pm or call for pickup if you At Mr. Cartridge enjoy great savings on all major brands of have 3 or more cartridges. remanufactured Ink and Laser cartridges. We pay $2.50 for speciďŹ c ink cartridges. (New and compatible avail.)




Mark Brett/Western News

SOYSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PINNACLES under-15 boys team is getting an assist from Ford for their Euro trip as the team will travel to Portugal and England later this summer.

Free Estimates & Free Installations â&#x20AC;˘ Drapes â&#x20AC;˘ Roller Shades â&#x20AC;˘ Roman Shades â&#x20AC;˘ 1â&#x20AC;? Aluminum Venetians â&#x20AC;˘ 2â&#x20AC;? Aluminum Venetians â&#x20AC;˘ Verticals â&#x20AC;˘ Pleated Shades â&#x20AC;˘ Shutters â&#x20AC;˘ 2â&#x20AC;? Wood Venetians â&#x20AC;˘ 2â&#x20AC;? Faux Wood Venetians â&#x20AC;˘ Retractable Screen Doors â&#x20AC;˘ 3M Window Film

Soccer team going on Euro trip Western News Staff

South Okanagan Youth Soccer Association under15 district Pinnacles boys team is going on a Euro trip, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely to be nothing like the one in the movie. The team will travel to Portugal and England from July 20 to Aug. 2 and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity that Pinnacles left defender Bret Depner is looking forward to. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be pretty good,â&#x20AC;? said Depner, who is looking forward to seeing the talent in England. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of good teams down there. We will have some good competition.â&#x20AC;? While in England, the team will participate in the Keele International Cup 2011, Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 mini soccer tournament and visit Old Trafford stadium, the home of Manchester United, which plays in the Barclayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Premier League. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have always wanted to go see Old Trafford stadium,â&#x20AC;? said Depner, who regularly watches the English league. Depner said they are going to be exposed to a different style of play and face athletes who play all the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They will be a lot better so we will be able to play some good players and it will be a lot better for our team,â&#x20AC;? he said. Depner is also excited to train at the Sporting Academy in Lisbon, where Portuguese star and national team captain Cristiano Ronaldo played. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be good, going there for a week,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will gain more experience and soccer skills.â&#x20AC;? Depnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teammate Ryan Brunton shares his excitement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In England I get to go see my favourite team (Manchester United), their stadium,â&#x20AC;? said Brunton, who has bragged about it to a friend in Keremeos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really looking forward to that. The tournament in England Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited for. The camp in Portugal sounds a lot of fun. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be awesome.â&#x20AC;? When it comes to playing in the Keele International Cup, Brunton is confident on how they can perform. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, we can take them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be good matches.â&#x20AC;? Through contacts Pinnacles coach Paul Araujo has in Portugal and another parent on the team, Araujo was able to make his idea a reality. Araujo thought of the trip two years ago as he wanted to give something back to the community as he had a similar experi-

ence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very exciting,â&#x20AC;? said Araujo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be not only a good soccer experience for these boys but also an experience of traveling to Europe and not too many people have that opportunity.â&#x20AC;? He also sees this as a benefit to the players because there are some who dream of becoming professional athletes. This will give them a window to see what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about and what it takes to become one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They will be playing against players from Europe, who train six days a week,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest thing is the experience of going to Europe and seeing Lisbon and seeing London.â&#x20AC;? The cost per player is $3,500 and the team has been doing fundraising initiatives such as selling raffle tickets with prizes being a trip for two to Hawaii and London. Skaha Meadows Golf Course has sponsored the playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; track suits and knapsacks. Another fundraising initiative they have is taking place Saturday at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park as they teamed up with Ford, who will donate $20 to the team for every person that test drives a car, up to $6,000, as part of Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drive One for Your Community national program. The team said this is the first time Ford has done anything like this. Bruce Statham, a sales manager with Ford, said this is a way for Ford getting involved in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have an organization that wants to raise money, we set up this test drive program,â&#x20AC;? said Statham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way for them to raise funds and for Ford to be involved in the community and get out there and help the kids.â&#x20AC;? Also taking place at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park and beginning on Friday and concluding Sunday is the inaugural SOYSA Pinnacles Spring Cup. There are 42 teams coming from cities such as Prince George, Lethbridge, Alta, Salmon Arm, Victoria, Delta and Burnaby among others. There will be approximately 1,000 players aged 10 to 18 playing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The big thing is this is a high level of district soccer,â&#x20AC;? said SOYSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new administrator Steve Coates, who added that Penticton has 12 teams entered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tony Patrocinio (president of SOYSA) felt that spring break was a good time to get people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play soccer yet out,â&#x20AC;? said Coates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope the weather holds up. We have received cooperation from the city to open up the fields.â&#x20AC;? Friday action will be from 2 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

250-486-8282 2

Join Us in Penticton at The Canadian Cancer Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Relay For Life! May 28 & 29, 2011


This years Relay is May 28th from 6pm to 6am May 29th at the Pen-Hi Track. Registration fee is $20 until April 29th after which it will be $25 per person. Join the Biggest Cancer Fundraising Event to Make the Biggest Difference!

One Day, One Night, One Community, One Fight! Please call 250-490-9681 for more information. Registration deadline is May 13th.



fight back




Real estate market remains flat Travel Advisory Delays on Highway 97 near Westbank The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure hereby notifies the public of planned rock slope stabilization work along Highway 97 at Drought Road Bluff and Brent Road, south of Seclusion Bay Road near Westbank. This work will require traffic pattern changes and minor delays up to 20 minutes in length from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday between April 4 and May 13. Motorists are asked to allow extra time, exercise caution, and obey all flag persons and traffic control signs. Your patience during this work is appreciated. For project updates please visit the DriveBC web site at or call the Okanagan Shuswap District office at 250 712-3660.

KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

Homebuyers did not overwhelmingly jump to purchase in the South Okanagan even with adjusted mortgage rules by the federal government. “When it was first announced, activity increased on single family homes and townhomes below $350,000. I think it was new home buyers jumping in, but that did slow down as we drew near to this date. It waned off after the initial reaction to the announcement,” said James Palaino, president of the South Okanagan Real Estate Association. In February the federal government announced a number of measured steps to support the longterm stability of Canada’s housing market. The government adjusted the rules for government-backed insured mortgages to require all borrowers meet the standards for a five-year fixed rate mortgage even if they choose a mortgage with a lower interest rate and shorter term, lowered the maximum amount Canadians can withdraw in refinancing their mortgages to 90 per cent from 95 per cent of the value of their homes and eliminated the 35-year mortgage. Even with the changes Palaino said the market is fairly flat. A differ-

Mark Brett/Western News

JAMES PALAINO, president of the South Okanagan Real Estate Association, looks over the board's website at his office Thursday. The president is predicting a slight increase in market activity with the approach of nicer weather.

ent scene from what it was in 2007 before the market slowed down in 2008. “It’s not an exciting market right now. It is fairly consistent. It is good because people that need to buy and sell are doing just that. People that are speculating, well there is no reason to. People that at one point were just putting their home on the market because they thought they could get a good buck for it are not doing that either,” said Palaino. The president of the South Okanagan Real Estate Association said he doesn’t see substantial price increases or decreases in the upcom-

ing spring season, but does expect to see more houses on the market. “I would fully expect a lot more within the next probably four to six weeks depending on our weather. Your house presents itself best when things start to green up and brighten up. Typically there is price increases in the spring, so I think buyers also will expect even though there is an increase in listings buyers will expect some slight increases I don’t think it will be anything substantial though,” said Palaino. According to the B.C. Real Estate Association, the inventory of homes for sale is expected to edge higher as the num-

ber listings to the market advances during the first two quarters of 2011. Cameron Muir, BCREA chief economist, said the Okanagan market will trend from a buyer’s market towards balanced conditions. “British Columbia housing markets are returning to normalcy after two years of volatility,” said Muir. “Employment and population growth will fuel consumer demand over the next two years. However, higher mortgage interest rates and tighter credit conditions for low equity home buyers will limit home sales to below the 10-year average of 87,600 units.”

Home sellers get access to MLS service Western News Staff

A new real estate company is providing sellers with the choice to act as their own salesperson with the benefit of access to services once only offered to realtors. “Many home owners feel they are qualified to handle the task of selling their own home and over the years many have tried. In the end, they usually list with a licensed realtor to get the marketing benefits of the MLS. Now, for these sellers the good news is with a mere posting they are able

to showcase their property on the MLS” said JNL Lynch owner/ broker of Okanagan Sun Realty. “The home seller chooses the realtor services they wish to pay for. The mere posting listing is not meant to eliminate the full services listing with its’ higher fees but merely to offer an alternative that will appeal to some sellers.” Lynch, a realtor since 1974, believes a paramount concern of home sellers is the paying of commission to sell their properties. JNL Lynch will be offering home sellers a choice as to what

services they wish to contract for including a special program for sale by owners called a mere posting. This mere posting puts your home on Multiple Listing Service for a flat fee of $1,500, including HST, and allows you to act as your own salesperson. “Having owned real estate companies in the past we feel our little boutique type operation will serve the public in a unique way. Our overhead is low so we are able to be more flexible with our commission structure,” said Lynch.

Same Day

Plumbing Services

Maintenance & Repair




MOVING SALE - Month of April

20 -40 %

Rugs % Selected Open Mon-Sat 10-5 OFF

Closed Sunday

65 Nanaimo Ave E., Penticton 250-492-5121

“Escape to Exotic Lands Downtown Penticton”



Trip a learning experience T

he recent trip to California in the Smart car was a learning experience in several ways. First, snow storms in the Sierra Nevada in a Smart car are not particularly pleasant, but the $250 round trip fuel cost was great. More relevantly though, we met with several other Canadian travellers in Paradise who were also considering the shape their retirement would take. We all agreed that we had a distinct distaste for winter, but should we buy a fifth wheel, or a condo or house? And if it was the latter, where should it be? (And let’s not forget as I have cautioned here a number of times, about the pitfalls of Canadians buying U.S. real estate.) Maybe we should continue to rent hotel rooms, with our every whim attended to ... but should it be five star, or the small Inn type that we were currently experiencing? No surprise to the reader, I’m sure, but we didn’t all come to the same conclusion, and some of us didn’t come

JUDY POOLE WOMEN AND MONEY to any conclusion at all. Bob and Linda might be on their way home from the south towing a fifth wheel as we speak. Or not. Could be that they will join us next year at the Hotel California. We did, though, reach some conclusions that will certainly affect the financial plan for retirement. First, we are not five-star people ... much preferring the ease of making our meals in our own, or a communal kitchen facility. Epiphany number two was that road trips, for the next eight or so years of limited vacation, are not really practical, thereby ruling out the fifth wheel or motor home. Phew, this research and financial planning stuff is

Why settle for ordinary, when you can have extraordinary. Silhouette®

window shadings

Extraordinary Window Fashions. Extraordinary Places. Ask us how you can enter the Extraordinary Window Fashions Contest* for your chance to win a $20,000 Dream Vacation.**

You Could WIN!*


20,000 Dream Vacation**

exhausting. Stay tuned in the fall for our rental condo vs. small hotel comparison. And a principle that was realized after significant wine research under the full moon one night ... capital that could be spent on a vacation home, generating five per cent interest would pay for our dream vacation every year and allow us to change our destination at will. More factors to consider. Conclusion: financial plans are really not just about the dollars, you also need to truly understand what it is that you want before you leap into a large financial commitment.

Check out the Western News online at

Judy Poole is a financial advisor with Raymond James, and has spent the last 39 years involved in the financial industry. You can reach her at judy. This article is provided as a general source of information and should not be considered personal investment advice. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of Raymond James Ltd. Securities offered through Raymond James Ltd., member - Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Financial planning and insurance offered through Raymond James Financial Planning Ltd., not a member - Canadian Investor Protection Fund.



Christine Duncan Notary Public

• Real Estate & Manufactured Home Transactions • Mortgages • Wills & Powers of Attorney • Representation Agreements • Notarizations • Subdivisions, Easements & Covenants

250-492-8222 130 0 – 300 Riverside River Ri verside ide Dr D Dr., r., Pe Penti Penticton, nticto cton n, B.C B B.C. C. V V2A 2A 9 9C9 C9

WORKSAFEBC – WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD OF B.C. HEREBY GIVES NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATION (BC Reg. 296/97, as amended) The proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (“OHSR”) pertain to: • Part 4, General Conditions – relating to a third option to protect workers assigned to work alone in a late night retail premises.This third option is proposed because some employers have found it impracticable to install barriers to separate workers from the public or alternatively employ two workers on shift during late night hours; • Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements; and consequential amendments to Part 20, Construction, Excavation and Demolition – relating to updating asbestos requirements; • Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements – relating to updating the reference to the Pesticide Control Act; • Part 9, Confined Spaces – relating to clarifying that atmospheric testing must be conducted by a qualified person; • Part 12, Tools, Machinery and Equipment – relating to safer driven-feed mobile chipper requirements; • Part 14, Cranes and Hoists – relating to updating the reference to the Elevating Devices Safety Act; • Part 15, Rigging – relating to clarifying the correct number of wire rope clips to be used in wire rope splices; • Part 16, Mobile Equipment – relating to the requirement for trailer units with a dump box to have a permanently affixed mechanical device capable of supporting the empty box in the raised position; • Part 20, Construction, Excavation and Demolition – relating to new requirements that concrete pumps and placing booms meet the requirements of CSA Standard Z151-09; • Part 23, Oil and Gas – relating to updating the reference to the Power Engineers and Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act; • Part 28, Agriculture – relating to the requirement for rollover protective structures on agricultural tractors; • Removal from the OHSR of the requirements for “prior approval” or “prior permission” before proceeding with certain types of work or using certain work arrangements. The sections identified for change by identifying specific requirements or referencing standards are as follows: Part 5, Chemical Agents and Biological Agents, relating to extended work periods; Part 14, Cranes and Hoists, relating to chimney hoists; Part 19, Electrical Safety, relating to high voltage; Part 21, Blasting Operations, relating to mobile drill rigs; • Removal from the OHSR of the requirements for “acceptable to the Board” before proceeding with certain types of work or using certain work arrangements. The sections identified are in Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements, and relate to: the removal of asbestos debris and acceptance from the Board; posting warning signs and acceptance from the Board; and monitors and alarms for equipment and machinery and acceptance from the Board. PUBLIC HEARINGS You are invited to provide feedback on the proposed regulatory amendments. Your views may be presented orally at the public hearings and/or submitted in writing. Please register if you wish to make an oral presentation at the public hearings by telephoning 604-232-7744 or toll free in BC 1-866-614-7744 prior to the hearing. Information on the proposed amendments and the public hearings, including details of registration/ participation procedures, are on WorkSafeBC’s website at PUBLIC HEARING DETAILS Date May 3, 2011 May 10, 2011 May 12, 2011 May 31, 2011


h h

a o

u u


t s

June 2, 2011

e e

d e s i g n 544 Main Street Penticton 250-770-1033 *Contest runs from January 1, 2011 to April 30, 2011. No purchase necessary. Correct answer required to skill testing question. See complete Entry, Prize, eligibility and Contest details in the Official Rules at any participating Hunter Douglas dealer in Canada or at extraordinary. **Prize comprises $20,000 CDN Carlson Marketing Ltd. travel certificate.

Session Times:

Location Coast Inn of the North 770 Brunswick Street, Prince George, BC Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort & Convention Centre 209 Van Horne Street South, Cranbrook, BC Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC Best Western Kelowna Hotel & Suites 2402 Highway 97 N, Kelowna, BC Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina 146 Kingston Street, Victoria, BC 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS The deadline for receipt of written submissions is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2011. Written submissions can be made online or via e-mail, fax, mail, or delivered at the public hearings during the session times. Online: via the WorkSafeBC website at E-mail: Fax: 604-279-7599; or toll-free in BC: 1-877-279-7599 Mail: Policy and Research Division WorkSafeBC – Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C. P.O. Box 5350, Station Terminal Vancouver, BC V6B 5L5



Your community. Your classifieds.




• CHECK YOUR AD! Notice of error must be given in time for correction before the second insertion of any advertisement. The publisher will not be responsible for omissions or for more than one incorrect insertion, or for damages or costs beyond the cost of the space actually occupied by the error. • Advertisers are reminded that Provincial legislation forbids the publication of any advertisement which discriminates against any person because of race, religion, sex, colour, nationality, ancestry or place of origin, or age, unless the condition is justified by a bona fide requirement for the work involved. • Readers: In ads where ‘male’ is referred to, please read also as ‘female’ and where ‘female’ is used, read also as ‘male’.



Regular office hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Funeral Homes

Craft Fairs

Credible Cremation

“SHOPARAMA” Spring Market April-2nd 10am-7pm & April-3rd 10am-5pm. Vernon Rec. Center Auditorium 3310-37th Ave. Artisans, Entrepreneurs, Home Based Business. Baking Too! 100’s of unique products. Concession, Door Prizes. FREE Admission.

Services Ltd. 559 Ellis St., Penticton

Basic Cremation $990 +taxes Sensible prices for practical people

250-493-3912 24 hrs “No Hidden Costs”

Pre-Pay & Save

Direct Cremation From

$875.00 +Taxes

Information Dreaming of a Career in Healthcare? The Academy of Learning has an Open House & Informational Session at the Hamlets, Tuesday April 5th, 2011, 7pm-8pm. Health Care Attendant & LPN information. Want to join the Growing Healthcare Field? Attend our Open House and find out how. Call 1-800-663-0775

By Appointment Only



Education Room -103 Duncan Ave W, Penticton. Detailed Course Outline, Guest Speakers, Facility Tour, Refreshments


Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

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

John Nunes Daryn Pottinger

Phone 250-498-0167 (24 hrs) 34505 - 89th St. Oliver, BC

Education/Trade Schools

Alcoholics Anonymous, if your drinking is affecting you and those around you, call 250-490-9216

Lost & Found FOUND pitbull/boxer x, brown & white young male, no collar. Call 250-490-1315



Childcare Available

Business Opportunities

Drivers/Courier/ Trucking

Education/Trade Schools

NEW PAY RATES Expanding BC/Alberta Lane Immediate Positions Available

Dreaming of a Career in Healthcare? The Academy of Learning has an Open House & Informational Session at the Hamlets, Tuesday April 5th, 2011, 7pm-8pm.

Okanagan Falls, Home Sweet Home Private Childcare has 2 spaces available on tuesday, wednesday & friday, call Deborah (250)497-5384 Pam’s Family Daycare, licensed, space avail for child 3yrs & up. Call 250-492-0113 Treasured Moments Daycare in Ok Falls has 1 opening April 1, care provider is experienced, has ECE & references, call Julie 250-486-2798 RLNR


iis now Accepting registration for 2011/2012. 5 programs. Ages 3-5. Contact Jodie for more info. 250-770-1716 or email


Investment Opportunity for seasoned Intl log home mfg Co. Projects ready to go. Neg terms. $600k+ . 250-863-3169. NEW CANADIAN JEWELLRY COMPANY - Simply YouTM. Earn generous commission, work from home, low start up, excellent training. Deb 1-888-418-7184,

Career Opportunities Dreaming of a Career in Healthcare? The Academy of Learning has an Open House & Informational Session at the Hamlets, Tuesday April 5th, 2011, 7pm-8pm. Health Care Attendant & LPN information. Want to join the Growing Healthcare Field? Attend our Open House and find out how.

ATTENTION Learn to generate excellent income from your home computer, free online training, unlimited earnings. DVD Rental Kiosks. Imagine owning a chain of fully automated DVD rental machines without the overhead & hassle of big staff or a several thousand sq.ft store front. Our machines have been in place in the North Okanagan for 1 year, and they are showing excellent growth, asking $150,000 for this unique turn key operation, For more info please call 250-938-3234

Education Room -103 Duncan Ave W, Penticton. Detailed Course Outline, Guest Speakers, Facility Tour, Refreshments

Traffic Controller (flagger) 2 Day Training Classes Road Safety TSC Kamloops - April 2nd, 3rd & 30th & May 1st. Kelowna -April 9th, 10th & May 14th, 15th New $252.00 Renew $140.00 or Call 1-866-737-2389



We offer; • Paid Fuel subsidy • Tridem Sunsidy • Safety Incentives • Paid Waiting Time • Paid Drops, excluding first drop • Steady Miles w/ Home Time • Same Rate Load or Empty • Comprehensive Benefit Package • Company Supplied Fuel Cards • Highest Fleet Insurance Discounts

Line Haul Company Drivers also wanted for the same lane. “Bringing agility to the supply chain” Call Today: 604.214.3161 or 1.800.667.1271




Health Care Attendant & LPN information. Want to join the Growing Healthcare Field? Attend our Open House and find out how. Call 1-800-663-0775 Education Room -103 Duncan Ave W, Penticton. Detailed Course Outline, Guest Speakers, Facility Tour, Refreshments

Employment Help Wanted ACCOUNTING & PAYROLL Trainees Needed! Large & Small Firms Seeking Certified A&P Staff Now. No Experience? Need Training? Career Training & Job Placement Available. 1-888-424-9417 ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE person needed. If you are interested,kindly email your resume to For more information visit our website Hiring Production workers. No exp. necessary, must be reliable w/good attitude. Apply in person to DekSmart Railings 364 Cherry Ave. Mon-Fri 8-4 LOG TRUCK drivers for Kurt Leroy Trucking LTD. F/T, benefits included, to start immediately. Campbell River. Fax resume to 250-287-9914. LOSE UP TO 30lbs in 30days ($$ for lbs.) 1-877-737-DIET or

Farm Workers 6 Farm workers required, duties include: picking, pruning, thining, 40 hours per week, $9.28/hr., start from June 15end of Oct., 250-490-1895


MACHINIST REQUIRED for busy Coastal Logging company on Northern Vancouver Island. At least 4 years experience required. Above industry average (wages), plus excellent benefit program. Fax or email resume to: 250-9564888 or

REQUIRED. Brush pullers, chainsaw & brush saw exp., valid Class 5 drivers license req’d. FT work. Fax resume to 250-762-3667 attn Larry

MEDICAL OFFICE Trainees Needed! Hospitals & Dr’s Need Medical Office & Medical Admin staff! No Experience? Need Training? Local Career Training & Job Placement also Available! 1-888-778-0459

Haircare Professionals

Penticton Auto Recycler requires processor/dismantler, must have mechanical experience and tools, 250-493-1411

The link to your community

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

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Why do you work? For the paycheck? The benefits? A sense of professional growth and satisfaction?

Earn $500-$2000/m. Operate a Mini-Office Outlet from home. Free online training, flex hrs, great income.

EARN EXTRA INCOME. Learn to operate a Mini Office Outlet from your home. Free online training, flexible hours, great income. No selling required.

2250 Camrose St., Penticton




GELDART Elaine Ada

Most likely it is a combination of some or all of the above. North America Construction (1993) Ltd · NAC Constructors Ltd is one of Canada’s leading constructors of industrial, municipal and bio-energy projects. At NAC we understand that you want to feel supported, valued and rewarded and as a progressive company we can offer you a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package but we didn’t come this far by settling for what is expected. Staying competitive means recruiting and retaining the best talent and that means making sure our compensation, benefits, work environment and overall culture continue to be among the best the industry has to offer.

We are looking for experienced individuals to join our civil team for projects across Canada. If you are passionate about construction and want to join a Company where you can make a difference come and meet with us at our information session on

Education/Trade Schools

Accelerated skill training - the practical alternative to a 4 year degree.

Owner Operators: $1.74/mile* *includes base rate, fuel subsidy, safety bonus and elog bonus

Call 1-800-663-0775

Business Opportunities

Childcare Available

Work with adults/youth in community agencies and private practice.



LOVE’S Family Daycare, Young St. area, licensed, (2.55yr olds), spots available for your child (250)493-0566






Congratulations Chelsea Stowers Graduate 2008

fax 250.492.9843 email

Born August 5, 1922; Elaine passed away peacefully on March 26, 2011 with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon; her parents, Ernest and Francis and her brother, Gordon. She is survived by her daughter, Marlene (Mike); grandchildren, Dominic (Natasha), Stephen (Kyra) and James; great-granddaughter, Hope; sister-in-law, Rose; brother-in-law, Roy as well as many nephews, nieces and extended family. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 4, 2011, 1:00pm at Penticton United Church (696 Main St., Penticton). Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


Friday, April 8th 2011 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9th, 2011 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 101-3590 Airport Road, Penticton, BC, V2A 8X1 Directions: 3590 Airport Rd, at the Penticton Airport, off of Skaha Lake Rd at the south end of town. If you are heading south to Penticton take Hwy 97 S and follow along the Channel Parkway to Skaha Lake Rd. Turn right.  Turn right onto Airport Road. If you are heading north to Penticton take hwy 97 N to Skaha Lake Rd.  Turn left onto Airport Road. We know you have a choice in your career. And we want you to choose NAC so come and see us in Penticton!





Help Wanted Receptionist, P/T, 2days/week permanent, on call & holiday coverage. Pathways Addictions Resource Center. Email: SEASONAL Labourer positions at Coral Beach Farms (WinďŹ eld). 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: St. Andrews by the Lake Golf Course is now taking applications for servers and cooks, please send resume to email:, or fax: 250-497-5287, no phone calls please

Home Care/Support Comfort Hair Zone, Personalized mobile haircare for seniors, perm and cut for $55, for appointment call Melissa, 250487-0195

Trades, Technical HEAVY DUTY Mechanic, willing to work on the road, maintaining ďŹ&#x201A;eet of trucks & equipment. BeneďŹ ts, Co. vehicle, bonus program available. Fax (403)309-1944 or email Looking for Exp. Erectors for Pre Engineered Steel Buildings. 250-979-2993 , Send Resume, via fax: 250-717-5751 or email

Work Wanted Bookkeeper with over 20 years experience in small business accounting. I am now accepting new clients and I deal primarily with small to medium sized businesses. My services include A/R, A/P, Bank Reconciliation, HST Filing, Source Deductions Filling, Monthly Financial Statements and more. Contact: Lori Goldstrand Phone: 250-496-5923 Email:



Financial Services

Cleaning Services

Garden & Lawn

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

TK Cleaning Services, serving Ok Falls, Penticton and area, residential cleaning, yard work, yard maintenance and window cleaning, 20 years experience, criminal record check, bondable, WHIMIS certiďŹ ed, free estimate, call Tracey, 250-497-7117, cell 250462-4349

Home Care CARE & Beyond Home Support. Fully CertiďŹ ed. 250-4601718 CertiďŹ ed Resident Care Aid available to help you. Also available to cook, drive, shop and housekeep for you. Call Kris or Nancy, 250-497-5633

Legal Services ICBC, MVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S, SLIP & FALL or Any Injury? MARCO D. CEDRONE Making The Difference in Personal Injury Claims! 24hrs.1-866-913-3110 Cascade Law Corporation

Accounting/Tax/ Bookkeeping BOOKKEEPER Over 20 yrs exp. Simply Accntg/Quickbooks.250-487-9377,762-0229 SMITTYS Income Tax Service. Doing business since 1973 in the Penticton area and South. Specializing in the Trucking Industry and the General Public. Contact R.M (Smitty) Smith 250-490-5996

Carpentry/ Woodwork Scherger Construction Ltd. Experienced, reputable, certiďŹ ed. New homes, foundations, renos, decks, driveways, and more. South Okanagan. For a quote Darren 250-878-6895


Cleaning Services

Financial Services

PERSONAL Housecleaning. Commercial. Residential. $25/hr 250-490-6577

Specialty Business Finance & Business Cash Advance. Call 7 days, 250-558-9017.

Concrete & Placing

Help Wanted

Specializing In Concrete Walls â&#x20AC;˘ Driveways â&#x20AC;˘ Custom Work â&#x20AC;˘ Stairs/Patios â&#x20AC;˘ Retaining Walls â&#x20AC;˘ Footings/Foundations â&#x20AC;˘ Floor Leveling/Repairs


Drywall CertiďŹ ed & Guaranteed Drywall Services Texturing - Ceiling Repairs New & Small Renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CertiďŹ ed Ticketed Journeyman 20 + yrs exp 250-487-8678 For all your Drywall needs, boarding, painting, taping & framing. Big & small jobs, call 250-490-4085

Garden & Lawn Mr. Greenjeans LAWN CUTTING

The real Canadian Superstore is seeking an experienced leader in the retail food industry to join our team for our new store in West Kelowna. We require the following: â&#x20AC;˘ Experience working in Grocery preferably in a retail environment â&#x20AC;˘ Supervisory experience is essential â&#x20AC;˘ Exceptional customer service skills with a talent for building customer loyalty â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to work in a fast paced environment and prioritize multiple tasks. In return we offer: â&#x20AC;˘ A highly competitive market salary â&#x20AC;˘ An opportunity to work for a respected and stable Canadian company â&#x20AC;˘ Benefit package; colleague discount Please send your cover letter and resume to or drop off your resume Attn: Adele Beaudry. H.R. Manager to our Westbank real Canadian Superstore located at 3020 Louie Drive, West Kelowna. This posting closes at 5pm on Saturday April 9th, 2011



6-7 ft. for Other sizes available up to 9ft.

GIARDINO 250-493-0007 149 Upper Bench Rd. S.

Edging Cedars - buy direct from grower, 6ft.-10 for $200, We deliver, Budget Nurseries, toll free 1-866-498-2189, Fully experienced pruner; fruit trees, ornamentals, evergreen hedges, landscapes, reference list and picture portfolio available, call Gerald at 250493-5161 Lake Breeze Lawn Care booking for power raking, aerating, fertilizing, lawn and garden care, 250-809-2398 Now taking booking for upcoming season. Lawn care & yard work once or weekly, call Del, 250-488-8079, Retired gentleman, has time, tools and experience to make your property look â&#x20AC;&#x153;park like,â&#x20AC;? also have pick-up truck to remove trash, phone Harry (250)493-8939

Countertops CUSTOM ROCK COUNTERS March Madness Granite Sale Full Slab Granite Showers, maintenance free. Starting At $2295 GREAT QUALITY & SERVICE Granite Kitchens, 3cm starting at $2495 Open 9-4 Mon-Fri, 10-2 Sat. Showroom: 1115 Gordon Dr. Free Est. 250-870-1577 REFACE Countertops. 1/2 the Cost of Replacing. Granite & Corian Designs. 470-2235.

Grocery Department Manager

Locally Grown Hedging

Call or Text for a Quote


Pets & Livestock

Merchandise for Sale

Home Improvements

Feed & Hay


Rob Hurren Carpentry, renovations big and small, kitchen and bath remodeling, doors trim work, ďŹ nishing and more, professional design available, call Rob 250-809-7131

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. HORSE & Cow Hay, Mixed hay $7/bale, Grass hay $6/bale, Cow hay $4/bale, Oat hay/straw $5/bale. Discounts for bigger orders (250)8354748 STRAW 3x3x8ft bales $150 ton. GRASS hay 5ft round bales $180 tonn Alfalfa grass mix and oat silage bales 200 plus bales .$50/bale. Discount on larger orders. Enderby 250 838 6684.


Landscaping Daveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Maintenance, Grounds Keeping for Residential, Commercial, Strataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 250493-1083 Edging Cedars - buy direct from grower, 6ft.-10 for $200, We deliver, Budget Nurseries, toll free 1-866-498-2189,

Misc Services Hot tub covers. 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

Pressure Washing Pressure wash the exterior of your home instead of a costly paint job 250-498-2014




Garden Equipment

Friendly service from Summerland since 1972 Les Porter 250-490-1132

1970â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John Deere 214 lawn garden tractor, 7 attachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, runs great, $2,000. 250-503-2177.


Heavy Duty Machinery


Rubbish Removal

HANDS ON HANDYMAN SERVICES, we do just about everything, renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, fences, decks, painting, tile work, etc. 250-493-2525, 250-809-1730 RENOVATIONS, decks, garages, fences, retaining walls. Dirty jobs our specialty, garbage hauls, demolitions. Anything anytime, licensed & Insured 250-809-1454

250-808-0733 SKYHIGH DISPOSAL. Full service Junk Removal & Bin Rentals. PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump 250-770-0827

8wk old black female purebred Pug, $800. Has shots & vet check. 250-547-9643 Cairn Terrier puppies, 6 months old, registered, all shots, dewormed, $800. (250)546-0277, 250-309-0555. German Rottweiler pups, 8wks, 1st shots, dewormed, Socialized $600 250-307-2333 WOLF HYBRID Cubs ready now. Sun Valley Wolf Kennels

Sundecks 250-765-4996 Kelowna, BC

Home Improvements ABOUT to Renovate? We do renovations, designs & drawings. For all your reno needs call 250-488-2987 ARE you thinking of renovating? 25 yrs exp, top quality work, includes: carpentry, tiling, ďŹ&#x201A;ooring, painting, indoor/outdoor. Refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s avail, honest and hardworking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get it done right the ďŹ rst timeâ&#x20AC;?. Call Ted Lund 250-490-7991 or 250-496-5797 B AT H R O O M / B A S E M E N T Renovations. Updating existing Bathroom or Basement? Looking to add a new Bathroom or ďŹ nish off that Basement. Call us for a Free Estimate. 250-488-5338 BELCAN Painting & Renos over 15 years in business


Licensed, Insured, WCB Painting Ceramic tile, Flooring, Finishing Carpentry, Kitchen & Bath Renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Len 250-486-8800

Daveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden & Maint. Hedge & Tree Trimming, Stump Grinding, and more. Call for free est. 250-493-1083

Kitchen Cabinet ReďŹ nishing. Hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors, doors, windows, vast colour selection, dustless sanding, Licensed, Insured, Frank 250-488-3376

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

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

WANTED Men and Women To join a dedicated team of paid on-call

Volunteer Firefighters

VINYL DECKS.SPRING SPECIAL.15% off.Resurface orNew Construction.Also Aluminum or Glass Railing.Call 250488-5338 for Free Estimate.

Merchandise for Sale

Tree Services

French Provincial Gold Velvet love seat & chair set, excellent cond., $600, oak console Electrohome TV, 36x15x28 w/built in speakers, Duncan Phyfe Mahogany double pedestal table, sits 8, (250)490-8736

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

#!*Stumped!#* Our small grinder can get in places others canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for stump grinding, call for free est, Tree & Hedge Trimming service also avail. 250-493-1083, Waltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stump Grinding. For all your stump removal needs. Fast and friendly service, call 250-492-2494 250-488-6401

Window Cleaning $59 single storey, cleaned inside & out, seniors discount, (250)488-1956

Equestrian DIAMOND H TACK : 15th Annual Consignment Garage Sale! One Day Only! Sat., April 16, at 9am Sharp. Consign Any Of Your Horse, Rider, and Stable Products from March 26 to April 13.Pick up your consignment package, 1953 Kirschner Rd. Kelowna, BC. 250-762-5631

Fire Hall 250-497-5700 leave a message Drop in Wednesdays 9 am-noon or 7 pm-9 pm

Appliances MAYTAG large capacity dryer, like new, white. $200 Call 250. 492.9856 for more info.

Firearms DEAL of the week: New AR-15-CQ-A1 Carbine, .223, 4 mags, $749. At The Best Little Gunshop Around Weber & Markin 4-1691 Powick Rd, Kel. 250-762-7575 Tues-Sat, 10-6

Naturally grown BEEF, approx 250lbs sides, no additives, $2.65/lbs cwf. 250546-6494

Free Items FREE indoor/outdoor neutered 4 yr old black and white cat. 250-492-3306


Ginseng tarps 24â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 165â&#x20AC;&#x2122; for shade or windbreak. Inexpensive and attractive solution for hay shed, livestock shelter etc. $150 each. 250-558-8322. Quote available for installation. Good quality hay, alfalfa grass mix, heavy square bales, barn stored. 542-9419 or 309-5956 Grass hay, $7.00 bale. Oat hay $5.00 bale, lrge bales, no rain, barn stored, ex horse feed, located in Armstrong. 250-546-6422.

2 oak lamps $75 ea, qu sz brass bed $75, bdrm suite dresser w/7 drawers & mirror, tall 5dr dresser, 2 2drawer night stands all for $400, or sell separately 250-492-4473 Antique love seat & chair, ďŹ&#x201A;oral pattern, good shape, lots of wood accents, $225, apartment size upright freezer, good working condition, $100, Baby George Foreman, $20, Hamilton Beach electric Grill, $10, Sweepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Groom Vaccuum power head, almost new, $75, 2 unique antiques chairs, good shape, $50 ea, beveled glass mirror, approx 30â&#x20AC;?x40â&#x20AC;?, $50, (250)493-6355

Home Improvements

Home Improvements

Feed & Hay

â&#x153;&#x201C; â&#x153;&#x201C; â&#x153;&#x201C;

For Spring Recruit Training Must be 19 years or over and live within the Okanagan Falls Fire District Contact:

Antiques / Vintage

Food Products Pets & Livestock


â&#x20AC;˘ Basement â&#x20AC;˘ Bath â&#x20AC;˘ Kitchen Finishing Remodels Remodels â&#x20AC;˘ Tile Work â&#x20AC;˘ Decks â&#x20AC;˘ Painting â&#x20AC;˘ Drywall â&#x20AC;˘ Plumbing â&#x20AC;˘ Much More Licensed, Bonded & Insured

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



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

966 Loader, $22,000. Saws & arbourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, power unit. Call for details 250-379-2732 A-STEEL SHIPPING Containers/Bridges Super sale on now New/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 A-STEEL SHIPPING Containers/Bridges Super sale on now New/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

Our classified ads are on the net! Check it out at Jewels, Furs Big beautiful ďŹ&#x201A;awless 1.10kt diamond ring. Very valuable Price neg. 250-306-4616

Medical Supplies SHOPRIDER scooters & power chairs, lift chairs, walkers & ramps, new & used. Shoprider Dealer, Kelowna: 250-764-7757, Vernon: 250542-3745, Toll free: 1-888-5423745,

Misc. for Sale Blood pressure monitor (arm), $100, Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rack with large drawer, $75, Curio & china cabinets, $350obo, 250-4975618 BRAND new 5 stage reverse osmosis water ďŹ ltration system. Retail price: $795. Now: $250. Call 250-863-1544

FREE REMOVAL of all unwanted vehicles & metals. No vehicle or metal too big. 250-351-9666 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 Large Sears BBQ (like new) w/utensils, propane tank & soft vinyl cover, $100 or $75 w/o cover, (250)493-2780 RIGIDFOAM Insulation, 2 x 5 10/ bundle $15ea bundle. Call 250-862-8682, 1660 Cary Rd SCOOTER excellent cond, $1200 neg, 250-493-7950



Merchandise for Sale

Garage Sales

Real Estate

Misc. for Sale

Garage Sales

The Secretary-Treasurer, said the following assets must be sold: 1992 T&C Chrysler AWD, leather $3870, 1993 T&C Chrysler 2wd, leather $2600, 2000 Dodge Caravan $4620, 1998 Plymouth Voyager $3755, Car dolly, Galvanized $2290, 1983 Honda 1100 $3300, 1982 Yamaha 650 $2440, 1983 Kowasaky 550 $1680, 49cc Motorcycle New $870, Kerosene heater $95, 2-filing cabinets (offers), TV’s 32”, 27”, 24”, 15” etc. (offers), 2-Roadmaster towing hardware $275, 4-All-season 14” tires on rims $150, Honda Generator 1000W $575. Call 250-493-3982

Massive Multi family garage sale in Skaha Estates, right on Devon, left on Kent Place. Sat 8am, Sun 9am Tons of goodies & lots of freebies MOVING sale, Sat April 2, 9am-3pm, 304 Dauphin M.H.P Dauphin Ave S.P.C.A Flea Market every Sunday, 8-2, Main & Carmi (WholesaleClub) YARD SALE, Sat, April 2nd, 8-12. No early birds. 426 Truro St. Garden, books, furniture, collectibles, art supplies & retro. Something for everyone.

Mobile Homes & Parks

Misc. Wanted Coin Collector Buying Old coins, silver, collections Please call 250-863-3082 IM a private buyer/collector of 1950’s, 60’s and older 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ & $1. I want to buy lots! All conditions! US & Canadian. Todd 250-864-3521 South Okanagan Silver Buyer Visit my website to see my payouts 778-931-0558

Musical Instruments Drum sets from $319, electronic sets from $349, stix from $1.95/pair, cymbal & throne packs from $75, Skaha Sound, (250)492-4710 GUITAR & music stands from $8.97, strings from $3.97 a set, mike stands $19.50, cables & straps from $5.47 Skaha Sound 51 Nanaimo Ave E 250-492-4710 PIANOS, serviced, tuned and delivered. Uprights from $599, Grands from $2500. Call World of Music 250-869-0819 or Toll Free 1-800-663-5183 SPRING Blow out, drum sets starting @ $389.99, Behringer powered pa speakers $249.99 & up, guitar stands $8.99&up, mike stands $19.99 &up, video games for all systems $5.00. Lg selection of tools & hemp products. Rentals avail. Pawn Traders, 71 Nanaimo Ave.,250-490-3040

Sporting Goods ELLIPTICAL Nordic Track, 12 programs, lcd/calorie/heart rate, paid $1200 sell $500. Ultra Vibe whole body vibration paid $1700 sell $800. Both like new 250-492-4473 LASER Sights, Red Dots, SKS’s from $199, CQ-A1 AR15’s $749, Glocks, CZs $699+up. Ammo: 9mm, .40, .45, .357, .38, .44, .223. Repairs, refinishing, reblueing. All at The Best Little Gunshop Around Weber & Markin 4-1691 Powick Rd, Kel. 250762-7575 Tues-Sat, 10-6

Garage Sales

Garage Sales

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. 7.98-acres, on Bodwell Rd. gently sloping, no buildings. $449,000. 250-260-3545

Apt/Condos for Sale 2bdrm, downtown, reduced to sell, $197,500, or rent $1050, 55+, (250)462-5723 Ground floor, 1500+sqft, 3bdrm, 2bath, a/c, condo on Brandon Ave, Penticton. Come in , hang your hat, enjoy Asking $334,000. 250-4922929 for appt.

WHOLESALE FACTORY DIRECT. Manufactured, Modular & Park models. Tremendous savings. Luxurious 1512 sq. ft home including delivery and installation only $ 109,950. Many other plans available. 877-976-3737 or 250-814-3788

Mortgages Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1888-711-8818

Open Houses Open House, Sat. April 2, 11am-2pm, 328 Carmel Cres., 3 level lakeview home on a .22 acre lot in desirable Skaha Estates, fully renovated, 3 bedrooms/3bath, possible in-law suite, asking $479,900, motivated seller, call 250-486-2798 or visit

Recreational 1995 Ford Windstar, new brakes, replaced tranny, exc cond. 250-490-4717

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent

For Sale By Owner 1400sq.ft Home, 1 acre in Whitevale Lumby, $275,000. w w w. o k h o m e s e l l e r. c o m #26568. Call 250-547-9533 OPEN HOUSES Sat. April 2 & 9th. 11:00am-3:00pm-101695 Pineview Rd, Pent. 2 Storey Lake and Mountain view home on fully landscaped .23 acre lot. Fully renovated 2003. 3 full Beds, 2.5 baths, tip top shape. 7 app. AC. CV. irrigation. $484,900. Early possesion. 250-770-1614

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 10 acres with 3bdrm log house w/full walk-out bsmn’t, Ideal for hobby farm, very private, 4855 Miller Rd. Armstrong, $479,900. 250-546-8630. 3.69 Acres Home and Shop in Vernon home, Detached 1000 sqft Shop with hoist. Great holding property!Reduced to $575,000 Call Wade 250-5506364. 6177 Okanagan Ave

April 2nd, 8:30, 633 Winnipeg St, misc + hosp/special bed, lg bedstand w/drawers Carmi Mini Storage - Repo indoor yard sale. Sat, April 2/11 8:30-1:30. 1362 Carmi Ave. No early birds please. Downsizing everything. Garage, yard & house. 436 Alder St, Sat & Sun 2 & 3 9am-3pm Garage Sale, queen size hidea-bed, computer desk, misc., 2891 Paris St. Sat., 8am-4pm Huge Moving Sale, Sat/Sun, April 2 & 3, 9am, 1449 Government St. Massive Garage Sale, kids stuff, household, Saturday, 7:30-11:30, 392 Adamson Dr. #26513l

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

3bdrm, 2bath “1903” Heritage house, remodeled, with 3bdrm upstairs, large lot, 2505 39 Ave. Vernon, $369,900. 250546-8630

Mobile Homes & Parks Classy home, located in best 55+ park, pets, pretty 1344sqft., 3bd, 2b, fp, a/c, 6appl., private, views, fenced, garden, near lake, Open house every Saturday 1-3pm, #73-999 Burnaby, info/viewing, 250-492-5046

Kingsview Properties

BROCKTON COURT 241 Scott Avenue

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

Move In Incentive Available immediately… 1 or 2 Bedroom


1 & 2 bdrm, newly reno’d suites. Secured access, util incl, near hospital, bus route and close to all amenities, n/p, n/s 250-770-1331 1410 Penticton Ave., 2bdrm, f/s, $900 (incl. util.), call (250)490-1700 1bdrm, $600+ util., cable incl., close to town, coin laundry, (250)770-0081, avail. immed. 1bdrm apts. in clean, quiet, 50+ bldg, near Cherry Lane, elevator, in-suite storage, s/f.dw/ac, coin laundry, on-site mgrs, n/s, n/p, $650-$700+ util 250-492-4265 1BDRM apt, totally reno’d, 3 new appl, a/c, in-suite storage, NP, NS, clean, quiet, secure, on bus route, near Walmart 250-493-8500 2BDRM & den exec in new bldg on Wilson, 2 parking stalls, storage, 6appl. Call Dennis @ Realty Executives 250-493-4372

$600 $625 $675

1 - BEDROOM 2 - BEDROOM $750 / Month $850 / Month


RENTALS (250) 770-1948 Property Management 101-3547 SKAHA LAKE RD. Kaleden: 4+ bedroom House w/garage Alysen Pl. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, big yard, deck, RV pkg & Gas fire executive condo, f/s, w/d, d/w, f/p, place. It has 2 baths, f/s, w/d, d/w, rec built-in vac, large deck facing east, room, cent air and heat. avail. March 2 sec. pkg stalls...............$1325.00 & 1...$1325.00 + util. $1250.00 incl. water April 1: Downtown 1 bedroom apts. with f/s, a/c, pkg & balconies $695.00 incl. all util. & cable


Apt/Condo for Rent

Homes for Rent

Shared Accommodation

2bdrm, downtown, lakeview, 45+, $1050/mo., call Robert (250)462-5723 2BDRM, main floor apt, f/s, shared laundry, some util incl, $700/m, avail now, 250-4925100, 250-490-5354 $825 2bdrm, lakeview, spacious bright apt., historic house, oak floors, on bus route, clean quiet person, np, 250-492-6319 Brandnew Executive 1bdrm @ Prestigious Meritage Lofts on Front St, 1block from lake/park $1100. Dennis, Realty Executives 250-493-4372 Bright 1bdrm in Heritage style building, DT Penticton, quiet 50+, ns (inside), $650+util., May 1, (250)490-8888 Large 2bdrm 2nd floor, DT Penticton, ns, np, incl. w/d/f/s, mature tenant, ref’s req., Vito 604-291-1059 LARGE 2bdrm, Penticton Ave., close to schools/transit, $875, call Dennis at Realty Executives, (250)493-4372 OK Falls, lg 2bdrm apt, f/s, w/d, n/p, n/s, $665 + util. Avail April 01, 1-250-497-7873 days, 250-498-2067 eves One bedroom apt near Skaha Beach. Newly painted. Utilities and two parking spaces included. Adults only, no smoking, no pets. 250-462-5650 PENTICTON Bright 900 S.F. 2bdrm apt. Insuite w/d, storage, parking, N/S, 1 yr. lease. $800. Immed 604-241-0490 or 1-888-669-9844 toll free SUMMERLAND 1 BDRM apt downtown $660/mth incl water/sewer & shared laundry N/P, N/S. Avail immediately. Call 778-516-5535 ext 106 to view.

Commercial/ Industrial 1300sqft warehouse/office, + 400 sqft mezzanine. 14x12 insulated overhead door. Busy street (250)490-9016

2 MONTHS FREE RENT on 3 yr lease. Commercial/whse/office spaces avail on Government St., Penticton,1024 sq ft., 250-493-9227 APPLE Plaza 770sq.ft, suited for food related retail business. Call Barbara 250-492-6319 Approx 1/2 acre of land. 3000sq.ft building. Fenced yard, budget priced. 250-4909016 Downtown Penticton store front, Avail. June 1200sqft or 2400sqft 250-492-8324

194 Nagle Pl., Penticton, family home in quiet cul-de-sac, 5bdrm, basement suite w/sep. kitchen, ns. Avail Apr 16th $1800/mo., (250)492-2423 5bdrm, 2living rm, 3bath, big family home. Fully fenced, garage opener, nice area, $1500 + utils, avail now, N/P N/S. Bella Vista Rd. 250-864-2786 CLEAN, BRIGHT RANCHER. AVAIL NOW!!! 40 Steps to Lake. 2 bed, sunroom/den, all newer flooring, propane fireplace, large lot, det. garage, laundry room, all appls. Pet neg. Non smoker, Long term preferred. Located in “FINTRY” a quiet lakeside community off Westside Rd. 35 min to the city. $1200, Kristi @ 604862-8039 or KEREMEOS - 2009 2 bdrm modular home, avail. April 1, N/S, Ref. req’d. Monthly rent $750. For more info call 250632-7466 or Cell 250-6393946. Ask for Mark. LAKEVIEW house, 4bdrm, 2ba, all appl., central vac, heat pump, good long term or short term renters welcome, rent very dependant on ref’s provided, (250)497-6772 lrg 2bd home, Keremeos, $750+util., appls., storage, nice yard, (250)493-1744 Summerland-furnished 3 bdrm house. 1-2 month short term rental. Poss. extension. $1000. p/m. Ref’s req. 250-497-6589, OK Falls.

Suites, Lower 2 Bdrm Armstrong Sep/ ldry&prkg N/S Pets neg. $850 Incl:util,sat,net. 250-540-3415 2bdrm basement suite(1250sqft), between malls and schools, avail. now, ns, np, $800/mo. (incl util), (250)492-0331 2BDRM basement suite, f/s util incl n/s, n/p Wiltse area $850/mo, wireless internet, 250-488-1412 after 4pm 2BDRM basement suite in 1/2 duplex, f/s dw w/d . $800+ util, avail May 1st, 250-492-5100 or 250-490-5354

Rentals Townhouses SUMMERLAND. PROVIDENCE Place, seniors 55+, retire with us! Bright spacious 2-bdrm townhome wonderfully updated in quiet area of town, walking distance to everything you need. Huge balcony, private yard. $850/mo includes garden/ lawn care and lots of parking. On-site owner, N/S, N/P, references, credit check. 250-404-0327 or 490-1739.

WHERE do you find the area’s best source for

JOB LISTINGS? Anywhere you find this newspaper.

WILTSE AREA, New 1 bdrm bsmnt suite $925/mo. Incl util. cbl, net. 6 appl. sep. ent. Seek ing mature professional.Ref. req. NS, NP. 250-486-7408

“Your Community Newspaper”




We’re at the heart of things™

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic

Community Newspapers

Published every Wednesday and Friday Ph: (250) 492-3636 Fax: (250) 492-9843

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

Cars - Domestic




2008 GMC Canyon Extended Cab 4x4 Z71

2007 Chevrolet 1500 Extended Cab 4x4 with

2007 Mercedes Benz C230

3.7L engine, automatic, big tire pkg, MP3 Satellite radio, Onstar, ABS, power sunroof, balance of factory warranty. Inferno Orange, super sharp. PO126A

LT Trim Level. It comes with a 5.7L Vortec V8 engine, automatic, cloth captain chairs, power seat, CD player, tow package, alloy wheels, boxliner, Onstar. White. PO8124A

This 2.6L V6, automatic luxury sedan proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to drive one of the nicest cars on the road. Check it out! Only 41,000 kms! Pewter. PO952A

$ 2BDRM close to town, appliances included $900+util. Call 250-493-6467

Looking for a female roommate to share 2 bdrm apt in Naramata. Call Kreshia @ 250-486-7372

UNDER new management, 298-296 Maple St. townhouse Pent. 3-4 bdrm, 2.5 bath, w/basement, garage, Rent starts at $1200. Call Judy 250486-3791, 250-490-1700


Duplex / 4 Plex








Misc for Rent Spacious 2bdrm, ground level, $700+util., and 3bdrm upper level, $1100+util., close to amenities, available immediately, 250-462-2472

Apt/Condo for Rent


FOR RENT • 250-493-7626 Utilities Included




Utilities Included


1 bdrm on Dynes Ave. Fridge, stove, balcony, elevator, coin-op laundry. Avail. Now (OT419) 1 bdrms $100 off 1st months rent, f,s elevator, coinop laundry. Avail. April 15 (EFR) 1 bdrm + den, near dwntwn, grd flr, fridge, stove, coin-op laundry, extra storage. Avail. April 1 (A329-2) 2 bdrm in four plex, close to school and bus, f,s, laminate floors. Avail. Now (H686-1) Top flr., 2 bdrm, 2 bath, condo, tile & laminate, 6 appl., sec’d parking. Avail. May 1 (a374)

HOUSES: 2 bdrm top half of home, f,s, shared laundry, large deck and spacious fenced back yard. Avail. Now (H673-1) $1200 2 bdrm 1 bath home w/laminate flrs, updated bathroom, 2 car garage, large yard No pets, No smoking. Avail. Now (H740)

2007 Chevy Colorado Z71 Crewcab

2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Quadcab 4x4

2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 7 Pass. Sto & Go Van

3.7L 5 cyl., automatic. This black beauty has only 33,000 kms! Locking differential, fog lights ABS brakes, CD with MP3, chrome tube steps and more!. PO967A

It has the 5.7L Hemi V8, automatic transmission, power seat, sunroof, 20” alloy wheels, fog lights, heated mirrors. Black. 59,000 kms! PO120A

3.8L V6 engine, power sunroof, DVD, MP3, cassette, 6 disc CD, leather, heated, dual power seats, power liftgate, 2 power sliding doors. Wow! Only 49,200 kms! Hurry on this Butane Blue Beauty. PO121A




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






2007 Jeep Liberty Sport

2008 Chev 1500 Extended Cab 4x4 LT

2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4Dr. Sedan

3.7L V6 automatic, alloy wheels, air conditioned. Part time or full time 4x4 shift, power windows, power locks, CD player and more on this Inferno Red Beauty. PO981A

This beautiful Black Cherry Pickup will turn heads! Low miles and loaded right up. It has a 5.3L Vortec V8, leather heated seats, alloy wheels and plenty more. PO110A

3.5L V6 engine, automatic transmission, CD player, power windows, power locks. This low mileage vehicle is a great buy! Silver. PO127A









Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

23,998 Many vehicles to choose from!

DL 8590


Email: 33882 HWY. 97 SOUTH, OLIVER, BC • Toll Free 1-877-498-0570





Auto Financing

Cars - Sports & Imports

Dream Catcher 1-800-910-9402

1993 Nissan Maxima. 4-dr sedan. Loaded. 191kms. Excellent condition. New battery. Pearl ext/tan interior. $2150 obo. Kelowna (250) 860-6210 2003 Honda Civic Street Edition, 120kms, 5spd, pw windows/locks, keyless entry, silver, tinted windows, mechanically sound, exc cond $9000obo, 250-809-8542 2006 Honda Pilot EX-L One owner, black with grey interior, 130,000kms, eight passenger, trailer package installed, winter and all-season tires included. Meticulously maintained. Located in Nelson B.C. Call 250-825-3458 for more information










BEACH BUNNIES New First Class Spa Now Open! #32-2789 Hwy 97 Blue Heights 250-448-8854 We only hire the very best

CLOVER, Penticton In/Out 34B-26-30 5’4”, 120lbs, long hair, green eyes, very attractive. Tight, toned, tanned. From mild to wild 24-7. Trained in massage, 250-4623510

Utility Trailers

Legal Notices

2005 KEYSTONE Cougar 285EFS Immaculate, nonsmokers, children, pets. Standard features plus solar panel adjustable system, 130w, battery controller plus 4 batteries. TV/DVD/Radio. New mattress/tires. Propane fed BBQ system. Transferable RV warranty. All manuals, certificates. $18,700. Phone Vernon 250503-3032. 2010 40’ Luxury 5th Wheel, 4 slides, wd, dw, a/c, f/p. Sacrifice at $39,900. Can be seen in Kelowna. 1-905-691-1035. BOATS, RV DETAILING Truck & Cars. INSTALL HITCHES All vehicles Truck & Trailer Accessories & Parts. Call (250)-769-1945

2006 7x14’ hydraulic Dump Trailer, 26,000lbs axles 10,000 lb capacity, great for hauling heavy machinery, new brakes all around, brand new battery, 3-way back gate, fully serviced last fall by Rossmans RV. $7500 but neg. Need to downsize- will take smaller trailer for partial trade. 778-475-3978

BAILIFF SALE 2005 JLG G1055A, zoom boom, approx 2600 hrs. 2003 Ford F150 Supercrew. Kyocera KMC3232 colour copier. Body shop equipment, including United Spray Booth, Chicago 15hp compressor, 10 Gal Clarke Sand Blaster. AC Hydraulic Jack 1.3T capacity. Lincoln 180C Power Mig Welder. Associated 6018 Battery Charger. Contact Shuswap Bailiffs, (250)503-6897

Scrap Car Removal


1AA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Min $60 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 250-899-0460

Legal Notices

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

Auto Services Cert. Mechanic with 30 years exp. with repair or advice. Free check engine light scan. Phone Ken 250-486-2249 Penticton Area

Cars - Domestic 1994 Pontiac Bonneville, good shape, runs good, call after 6pm 250-497-8679 $1800obo 2005 Hyundai Tuscon. 2 ltr, front wheel drive, AM/FM stereo w/MP3 CD, alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, power brakes/steering/mirrors/windows/locks. Roof rack, five doors, tilt steering, 4 wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, block heater, heated front windshield & heated mirrors. New winter tires, timing belt, windshield & front brakes. Good on gas +/- hwy 30, town 28 m/g. 100,000 kms. EXCELLENT CONDITION. New Price: $8900 obo. Call: Cell 250-617-9944 2007 Ford Mustang Convertible Low Mileage Chrome Wheels and grill Driven only in Winter V6 Auto /great gas mileage Asking $17,900

Collector Convertible Truck 2004 Torch Red SSR, 5.3L Corvette Engine, fully loaded, black leather, new tires, 37,000 miles, pro-detailed. Must see: 250-492-8270 $30,000 FIRM

Motorcycles 2002 Yamaha Roadstar 1600cc, exc cond, low kms, black $6500obo 250-490-0989 2005 Yamaha TW200, 6000kms, mint, $3250, 250493-4979 2006 Harley Davidson, softtail deluxe, all options, $14,400. one owner, 250-938-3358

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 1991 Terry 25ft 5th wheel, sell or trade for 18-20ft bumper pull. Call 250-770-3296

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

Sport Utility Vehicle 1989 black Jeep 4x4 removable hard top, no soft top, 4.2L 6cyl, $4000 obo. 250540-2328

Trucks & Vans 1992 GMC SLE 3/4 ton 4x4 ext. cab pick-up, auto trans with cooler. c/w extra set of tires on rims & fifth wheel hitch and tow package. Mechanically sound, some rust. asking $ 2,200. Tel. 250- 488-3504 1995 Windstar, new brakes, replaced transmission. excellent van, can view at 55 Van Horne St., 250-490-4717 1997 Voyager 4 bucket seats, air, tac, good rubber, pwr mirrors/vents, casette, 260kms $1250obo 250-493-6464 2005 Montana extended, 110KM, very clean cond. $5000 obo. (250)260-5232

Boats BOATS, RV DETAILING Truck & Cars. INSTALL HITCHES All vehicles Truck & Trailer Accessories & Parts. Call (250)-769-1945

Adult Escorts

NOTICE: SUMMERLAND HOMEOWNERS. Are you aware that your electric utility company can restrict you legal access to your property, possibly causing your home fire insurance to be null and void.

1st Choice Charley’s Escorts In or Out Calls. VERNON & KAMLOOPS LOCATIONS Lexus 19, Cindy 19, Ginger 30. Vernon Location 250-540-7069 or 250-540-7769 Kamloops - 778-257-0431 Always Hiring. Beautiful Korean Girl, Ruby, 23 years old, 110lbs, 5’4”, 34C-25-35, hot, sexy & lovely, 778-476-2232



Blue Eyed Bikini Babe Jenna 20yrs Hot Chocolate Treat Tiara 19yrs 250-859-9584 Brand New to Biz! 19yr Beautiful Tall Busty Covergirl, Summer. In/Out 250-859-9584 CHAT live with Charley’s girls and guys. 1-900-528-1051, 1-900-548-1051, 1-900-7831051.


LET Skyler give you the pleasure you long for. 24/7 out-in, DT Penticton. Call 250-8093733 MALE 4 Male Erotic Massage, $95. Winfield, 9-9 Daily 250766-2048 XXX’s and O’s by Donna, Independant, Penticton & area (out calls), 250-809-7444



e Built on S RV CENTRE LTD.


WELCOME TO COUNTRY RV PENTICTON 2010 models on sale now




Your South Okanagan Dealer for... Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL AREA ‘F’ WESTBENCH PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION MAINTENANCE CONTRACT The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen invites “Requests for Proposal” for Electoral Area ‘F’ Westbench Parks & Recreation Commission 2011 Maintenance Contract. The contract covers the maintenance of Mariposa and Selby Park from May 2011 to April 2012. The Proposals and their envelopes should be clearly marked “Electoral Area ‘F’ Westbench Parks Maintenance Contract” and addressed to the following: Mark Woods, Community Services Manager Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Fax: 250 492-0063 Email: Proposals must be received on or before the Closing Time of: TIME: 4:00 pm local time DATE: Friday, April 8, 2011

For more detailed information please visit our website at, click on RDOS News – Tenders & RFPs Call 250-490-4132 or Email

MONTANA, COUGAR, HIDEOUT, WILDCAT & MORE 249 Westminster Avenue, Penticton, BC 1-888-493-4127 • 250-493-4127 •

Garage Sales

Garage Sales

Garage Sale Items Wanted for S.O.R.C.O.’s Annual Open House April 17th

If your Spring Cleaning and would like to make a donation, please call 250-498-4251 or email: Please donate items by April 13th

Go ahead and dream …

about just how great vacationing in British Columbia can be.

Make your your dreams into reality by logging logging onto to plan your special getaway.


Community Calendar FRIDAY April 1

Ski and Stay Rates from

123 99


00 00

per person doubleon double per person perbased nightonbased Min 1 day advance reservation required.

Rate includes overnight Rate includes and overnight accommodation skiing and @accommodation Revelstoke Mountain skiing @ Revelstoke Resort Mountain Resort

“season extended”

ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has drop in darts/pool and karaoke by Okie Dokie starts at 7 p.m. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. Entertainment by Diane Ball. All members and guests welcome to their hall of 1197 Main St. COMPUTER SENIORS’ CLUB meets at the Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Members drop-in from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the main hall. Call 250-493-0789 for more information. SENIORS SINGLES LUNCH

Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250770-8622. PDSCL has bingo at 1 p.m. in the Leisure Centre on Winnipeg Street. Call Tarra at 250-490-0200, ext. 1 for more information. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 hosts a branch dinner at 5:30 p.m. SENIORS’ DROP-IN CENTRE has social bridge and beginner’s line dancing at 1 p.m. ANAVETS HAS KARAOKE with John (Cash) Hodson at 6 p.m. THE FUNTIMERS BALLROOM

Dance Club meets most Fridays upstairs at the Elks Club from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for ballroom and Latin dancing. New members welcome. For information call Brian 250-492-7036. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Centre on 2965 South Main St. is having an evening of dance with After Eight. Music starting at 7:30 p.m. $5 per person. All welcome. THE 890 WING of the South Okanagan Air Force Association of Canada meets at 4 p.m. at the clubhouse on 126 Dakota Ave. (just off the road to the airport).



“The Garden of Penticton” 149 Upper Bench Rd. S. • 250-493-0007


BRING IN YOUR PLANTERS: we’ll plant them — we’ll store them. YOU enjoy them!

Call now 250-837-3322


We grow what we sell! It’s worth it! Quality Wise and Money Wise! Open 7 Days a Week - 9 am - 5 pm

2 0 1 0 Finalist

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. and sing a long at 4 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 ENTERTAINMENT by Roland at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner with Stu at 5:30 p.m.


JEWISH LEARNING CENTRE for Christians at 10 a.m. at St.Andrews Presbyterian. SURVIVORSHIP DRAGON BOAT team flea market runs every Saturday and Sunday weather permitting from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All funds raised go to team activities and Breast Cancer Awareness. Market at 1652 Fairview Rd. (Fairview Plaza). For table rental and more information please call 493-6604. A DRUMMING WORKSHOP with Bobby Bovenzi will be held at 10 a.m. at Penticton United Church. The fee is $40. Call 250492-2684 to sign up. ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has crib at 10 a.m., a meat draw at 4:30 p.m. with chicken burgers/hamburgers and salad and the Elks and James Miller proudly present an Old School Country music night.

SUNDAY April 3

SUNDAY EVENING DANCES at 7 p.m. with DJ Emil Sajna at the South Main Dropin Centre on South Main St. Call 250-493-2111 for more info. 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 dog races at 2:30 p.m. with an M & M Food draw. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has a breakfast at 8 a.m. and a meat draw at 2:30 p.m. ANAVETS HAS HORSE races at 2:30 p.m. and meat draws. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has mystery draw at 4 p.m. Lorraine’s chicken wings at 4 to 6 p.m. Members and guests welcome to the hall on 1197 Main St. C ELEBRATION T HE CENTRE and Metaphysical Society has channeling and mediumship at 10:30 a.m. Everyone welcome. PENTICTON TUNEAGERS HAS its spring concert With a Song in our Heart held at the Penticton United Church at 2 p.m. Tickets available from members or call Pat at 250-770-1926. PENTICTON AND DISTRICT Stamp Club will meet at the Library Auditorium/ Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. All visitors welcome.



On May 25th, The Penticton Western News will be publishing our annual “Women “W W In I Business” B i ” supplement. l Thi This B very popular section is a showcase for the successful business b women in the South Okanagan. Don’t miss this A opportunity to have your story told! LIMITED SPACE AND IN FULL COLOUR! Call your advertising representative today!

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Starting Wage: $18-$21/HR 28 week course




f Quantum Fitness/ es on Power

BE ONE OF OUR R COVERGIRLS! Meet the early deadline ne booking and you mayy be chosen to be on onee of this years covers!

Nadine Alleyn (L) & Cristina Hans n of Haute House Desig

Health Care Dementia Care Assisted Living CPR, First Aid Foodsafe Medication Palliative Care

Personal and Professional Development of the Caregiver

ss a l C t x e N n o o S s t r a St

Communication Skills Health & Lifestyles Problem Solving Conflict Resolution Crisis Intervention

in Penticton

Since beginning in 1987, ProCare has trained over 3,000 care aides. The majority are employed in senior care facilities, group homes, provincial health regions including Interior Health.





Community Calendar

United Church. Call 250490-9272 for info. SENIOR’S COMPUTER CLUB has sessions at 439 Winnipeg St. from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call 250-4930789 for more info. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles on 1197 Main St. has the Monday dart league at 7:30 p.m. SENIORS WELLNESS 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. PENTICTON ACADEMY OF Music has a children’s choir every Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for kids aged five to 12 at the Leir House on 220 Manor Park Ave. Also, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. a ladies choir. New members welcome. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Centre has table tennis starting at 7 p.m. at 2965 South Main St. For more information call Francis at 778-476-4916 or Brian at 250-492-0578. SOUTH OKANAGAN SENIORS Wellness Society has Buddhist meditation from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 696 Main St. United Church. For info call 250-4877455.

April 4

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


ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has pub league darts at 7:30 pm.


SQUARE DANCING WILL be at 6:45 p.m. at the Penticton Drop-In Centre on 2965 South Main St. BUDDHIST VIPASSANA MEDITATION and discussion 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. ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has a darts awards night at 7:30 p.m. 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 250-493-8274 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. Breakfast by Stu at 10 a.m. 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. MUSEUM BROWN BAG lecture has Don Gayton speaking on the Okanagan Odyssey: Journeys through Terrain, Terroir and Culture from noon to 1 p.m. 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 at 8 p.m. at the Anglican Church in Okanagan Falls. Call 250-490-9272 for information. MENTAL WELLNESS CENTRE has individual support for family members in Summerland from 10 a.m. to noon. at 13211 Henry 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 Music Ladies Choir from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Leir House on 220 Manor Park Ave. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Centre has table tennis starting at 7 p.m. at 2965

South Main St. For more information call Francis at 778-476-4916. AN EVENING OF Yoga unfolds with a breathing exercise, introductory hatha yoga, musical meditation and a vegetarian

dinner in the Elks Lodge upstairs from 6 to 8 p.m. By donation. Everyone welcome. ADVENTURER’S CLUB HAS a general meeting at 7 p.m. at the CPR Station on Hastings St.

PENTICTON LEADERS Interested in developing group facilitation skills to share strategies for healthier living with Chronic Pain? The Chronic PAIN Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is recruiting Volunteers in PENTICTON AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES to co-lead workshops for people living with chronic pain. Free training, ongoing support and small honorarium provided (for courses led). A Professional Background is NOT required. Commitment to co-lead 2 CPSMP workshops within a year of training IS REQUIRED, for participation. The FREE 4-Day Volunteer Leader Training will be held in Penticton at the: South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society #2 - 996 Main Street • Friday / Saturday, May 6 / 7, 2011 • Saturday / Sunday, May 14 / 15, 2011 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (approx) each day

J & C Bottle Depot at 200 Rosetown Avenue

ATTENDANCE ALL 4 DAYS REQUIRED towards receiving a certificate of training as a Program Leader. Program implemented by the University of Victoria, Centre on Aging in partnership with Interior Health. For more information see To register by May 3, 2011, call toll free 1-866-902-3767 or email:

(behind McDonalds)

250-492-5144 We take used Computers, TV’s, Printers, Fax Machines, Scanners, Keyboards and Paint Cans.





2003 Dodge Ram 1500



SAVE $5,000 $





SAVE $5,000

WAS $11,995


2006 Ford Mustang


SAVE $4,000

WAS $21,995


2007 Ford F150

SAVE $5,000

WAS $21,995



WAS $17,995





Plus ta taxes tax axes and annd 399.00 399 000 0 do ddocumentation ocu cume cum menttat atio io extra. extra a TTrades radeeess at wholesale ra wholesale. hole ho l sa sale le Se S See ee De D Dealer e for orr ddetails. etails et t lss D.L. #7808


ST BE of the

uth So Okanagan 2010 2007 to

198 Parkway Place

Ron Gerk

Bruce Statham

Jack Muise

Joe Kirk

Kent Peppar

Ryc Fowler

Mike McAlinden

Ken Paton

Sales Manager

Sales Manager

Bus. Manager






Rob Dupuis Randy Cowling Sales


250-492-3800 • 1-800-891-4450 •



Bundle all your Home Solutions Home Phone

Long Distance

High Speed Internet

Telus TV

Optik TV the grass is greener. TM

Optik TVTM gives you more than your local cable provider with more channels (over 475 including more than 85 in HD1), more movies, more multicultural programming, & much more. Adding PVR Anywhere lets you watch more of what you want, when and where you want.

1. Requires a subscription. 2. First month free, $20 off months 2 and 3 when TV is bundled with other TELUS residential services. Available to residential clients who have not subscribed within the past 90 days to TELUS TV Service. 3. Offer available on a 3 year Optik TV service agreement until May 24, 2011, to residential clients who have not subscribed within the past 90 days to TELUS TV service. TELUS Home Phone or High Speed Internet service required. 4. Fibre optics may service all or part of your network connection, depending on location. TELUS, the TELUS logo, Optik and the future is friendly are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under licence. © 2011 TELUS.

Telus Satellite TV Get access to the most HD channels* BUNDLE 1



Home Phone

Home Phone

Home Phone

(1 Calling Feature)

(5 Calling Features)

(10 Calling Features)

Long Distance Great Rate

Long Distance North America 200

Long Distance All You Need

High Speed

High Speed

High Speed

Satellite TV Light Choice

Satellite TV Medium Choice

Satellite TV More Choice

From $88/month

From $140/month

From $182/month

BUNDLE** Any Home Phone Any Long Distance Any Internet Any Satellite TV

** See in store for details.

Sign up on a 3 year term and get: 1 FREE HD PVR rental FREE professional installation † * HD channels provided through the Bell TV satellite network. † Free installation applies to the first 2 digital boxes. Additional boxes installed will be subject to a $50 charge per box. Details in store

Visit us online ! EARN AEROPLAN MILES ®



Aeroplan is a registered trademark of Aeroplan Canada Inc. Certain conditions apply. Details in store.






2153 Springfield Road (250) 860-2600

745 Notre Dame Drive (250) 851-8700

200-3107 - 48 Avenue (250) 542-3000

1001-2601 Skaha Lake Road (250) 493-3800

Cherry Lane Mall (250) 493-4566


Penticton Western News  

April 1, 2011 Edition

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you