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PENTICTON FIREFIGHTERS Wayne McKenzie (left) and Ken Younghusband attempt to see if there is anyone inside a submerged car as Chad Taylor navigates the Zodiac on the Okanagan River Channel Wednesday. Below, emergency personnel inspect the vehicle’s interior after it was pulled ashore.

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CHANNEL RESCUE Penticton man pulls woman from water after vehicle plunges into river channel Kristi Patton Western News Staff

A Penticton man rescued a woman whose car ended up in the south end of the Okanagan River Channel on Wednesday morning. Harvey Hunchak said he was driving on Skaha Lake Road when he noticed a group of people gathered looking at the submersed car. “I went across the bridge and turned into the parking lot thinking, ‘I’ve got to see what is going on.’ Then I saw a lady had popped out

of the car and she didn’t look like she was doing very well, of course the water is cold.” He grabbed a pipe and put a strap around it that had been in his work truck, as the woman was Àoating towards the bank. He yelled at her to grab onto it. With the assistance of another man, he pulled her to the shore right as the ambulance showed up. “It was just instinct I guess,” said Hunchak of why he drove in without a second thought. “There was a lot of people on the channel side that wanted to help. In fact, there was one lady that dived right off the bank into the water. She just went a little ways and turned around and went back because she realized she wouldn’t make it either, that water was cold. I was lucky she Àoated towards the bank,” said Hunchak.

“The other lady should be commended for her efforts for sure. I would just hope someone would do the same if I needed help.” Hunchak said the woman in the submerged white Hyundai Elantra was speaking when she was in the water, stating she didn’t want to go back to the hospital. Cpl. Ted Manchulenko said the woman was fortunate that bystanders came to her assistance. “Being in the middle of the channel in fairly cool water for this time of the year, it was fortunate to get other people to risk their own safety to assist her,” said Manchulenko. RCMP said the woman was transported to Penticton Regional Hospital to undergo more tests.

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City continues to serenade WestJet Kristi Patton Western News Staff

Penticton is continuing to work hard on catching the eye of WestJet to bring a regional service to the city. A grassroots movement brought forward a Facebook group, Twitter campaign, online petition and it now appears a multimedia campaign is in the works by the city. “I don’t want to indicate what we are doing, but we are planning to do something a little bit out of the box to get the attention of WestJet,” said Annette Antoniak, city manager in Penticton. “We want to make sure Penticton is noticed. We have reached out to different stakeholder groups in the city to help out with that to ensure we get the best and biggest exposure as possible. Once we get to the point we are ready we will be reaching out to everyone. We need you all to get behind this.” Penticton council and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen have drafted letters and sent them to WestJet indicating their support of a regional passenger service to land in the city. Antoniak said data is being crunched to put in the form of a report that WestJet would be able to use in their consideration of bringing the service to Penticton. She said they are looking into data that tracks the numbers of people that travel from Penticton to either Washington state or Kelowna to Ày because of a lack of service in the city.

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ROB MURPHY looks over a WestJet brochure at the airport Thursday. The city resident has started a Facebook group and an online petition with the aim of catching the attention of the air service provider.

“We have asked to have a meeting set up with the (WestJet) CEO and the VP responsible. They said they are just going through some more analysis work. We are very excited about it and we are hoping to get in to see them within the next two to three weeks,” said Antoniak. “We put notice in that we are very interested and we have an airport select

committee that has been established by the mayor and city council.” Antoniak also acknowledged the grassroots work done by citizens in the area by starting and joining the Bring WestJet to Penticton Facebook group and the conversations that continue on Twitter using #WestjetPenticton. Penticton resident Rob Murphy

created the Facebook group, which now has 1,385 members, and an online petition — go to www.change. org and search Bring WestJet to Penticton — that had 1,113 signatures as of Thursday morning. “I don’t see it slowing down. It is gaining a lot of traction,” said Murphy, adding the Eat. Drink. Tweet. conference held in Penticton on the

weekend added about 3-400 signatures thanks to the participants’ social media prowess. While Murphy said everyone has their own sel¿sh reason for wanting WestJet to Ày out of Penticton, the bigger picture is the boost it would provide to the tourism industry. “There is not just a lot of traf¿c coming out of Penticton, but people coming from abroad to Penticton. Look at all the wineries we have in the South Okanagan ... We are the heart and soul of the wine industry in the Okanagan,” he said. WestJet is looking to have a Àeet of approximately 40 smaller, turbo-prop aircrafts for a short-haul regional airline. This has caught the attention of many communities across Canada who are all trying to catch WestJet’s attention. For example, Murphy said Brandon, Man. has an online petition with about 8,000 signatures. “That is why it is important for everyone to keep on thinking about it and promoting it to their friends, family and work contacts. It is not going to be over next week, this is something that needs to continue to build and keep momentum until we hear de¿nitively from WestJet,” said Murphy. “My role is at the grassroots level and I am very happy with the support we have been getting from citizens, organizations such as the Downtown Penticton Association, Tourism Penticton and the Eat. Drink. Tweet. event was also very key.”

Council casts its gaze on boulevard maintenance Simone Blais Western News Staff

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but beautiful boulevards are not the responsibility of Penticton homeowners — at least not yet. Penticton city staff are undergoing a do-over on a report presented to council Monday that introduced a bylaw that would make residents responsible for esthetic maintenance of city-owned boulevards. Mayor Dan Ashton has said several times that he wanted to move forward on beauti¿cation initiatives for the City of Penticton, after residents pointed out during the election that parts of the city have become run down. “We had talked about improving the esthetics,” he said. “Maybe the carrot works better than the stick sometimes.” Modelled after bylaws in municipalities like Kelowna, Osoyoos and Vernon, the report stated that Penticton city has the authority under the Community Charter to compel owners to maintain boulevards, or the strip of land between the

road and their property line — typically situated between a sidewalk and a road. Without such bylaws, the report noted many streets have begun to look “unkempt,” featuring dead grass and large bare patches of dirt. “Burnt grass is not xeriscaping,” Ashton said. Landscape alternatives, the report explained, could be implemented by residents to improve the looks of boulevards — like trees, plants, aggregate, bark mulch and pavers. Ashton said he would like to see the city explore nominal incentives to residents — like a refund on their water bill — for those going out of their way to maintain beautiful vegetation. “There’s a whole bunch of homes that really try to make a difference for their neighbourhood,” he said. Coun. Andrew Jakubeit said he would like to see the city promote two or three options residents could take to improve their boulevards, and offer workshops on methods like xeriscaping or discounts on speci¿c materials like bark mulch. The report called for a four-party bylaw: not only would homeowners be required to conduct

basic maintenance of the boulevard adjacent to their homes, but also maintain landscaping like grass, trees or other features. The city would also allow owners to decide what types of landscaping, with restrictions on height, could be planted to enhance “curb appeal.” Enforcement would be conducted under the bylaw division, and penalties would be in line with private property maintenance bylaws. Coun. Helena Konanz, however, said bylaw of¿cers will be busy enough with phased-in parking plans for the downtown and lakeshore areas and don’t need to monitor property around town. “I’m pretty much against any more bylaws that we can’t enforce,” she said. “I agree with you that we have to have some type of reward system instead of that. … It’s interesting, but I think it would be dif¿cult to enforce.” There was some concern expressed over the trend to low-maintenance approaches to land. “It really made me sad to see asphalt going in. We already live in a concrete jungle,” Coun. Judy Sentes said.

Coun. Wes Hopkin said he understood how the city could require residents to clear snow from sidewalks given it’s a safety issue. Esthetics seemed less pressing. “I have a hard time with this particular proposal. You’re asking people to maintain property that they don’t particularly own,” he said. “It seems like an over-reach of government.” How seniors could undertake large landscaping projects worried Coun. John Vassilaki, who noted that long stretches of land could be more work than older residents can handle. Coun. Garry Litke said perhaps the city should consider the example it has set in tree maintenance and other elements of boulevards. “The boulevards that have been paved, we did that. What are we saying? … I think there’s a double-standard here,” he said. City manager Annette Antoniak suggested staff review the report. Jakubeit agreed, suggesting staff could also focus on identifying areas that the city would want to beautify ¿rst — where visitors would be and traf¿c would enter. Council referred the proposed bylaw back to staff.


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Minister says budget reflects the ‘new reality’ Simone Blais Western News Staff

B.C.’s budget is getting mixed reviews after the provincial government presented the ¿nancial plan for 2012 Tuesday. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon indicated there will be few loose purse strings for provincial coffers, given the current economic climate. “I think it’s a budget that speaks to the times that we’re in,” he said Wednesday during a conference call with media. “We’re in very different times now, and I think there’s a new reality for government. I don’t think every government yet has ¿gured that out, but in British Columbia, we’ve been watching very carefully what’s hap-

pening in Europe, the United States and even in parts of Canada with real concern. “The concern is underpinned by governments that have lost discipline in controlling expenditures, primarily, and have found themselves labouring under very large de¿cits and huge debts.” The good news offered included a provincial outlook not as bleak when considered in the broader context: B.C. still maintains its AAA+ credit rating, compared to countries like the United States and provinces like Ontario that have been downgraded. B.C. has also seen employment recover partially and retail sales rebound from March 2009’s low of $4.83 million to $5.1 million this January.

But the optimism has to be tempered by the reality of the day. With Europe entering a recession and provincial housing starts muddling along, the Economic Forecast Council is projecting a 2.2 per cent increase in real GDP for the coming year. The Finance Ministry has adopted the conservative end of those projections, at 1.8 per cent. Radical cuts by governments can cause “social upset” as evidenced around the world, Falcon said, adding the province is choosing to attempt to contain spending growth to an average of two per cent over three years, putting the de¿cit at $968 million for 2012-13. He projects a surplus of $154 million and $250 million for the next two years, respectively.

“We have protected the important public services of health care and education, but virtually every other ministry is going to be asked to hold the line or manage with some increased resources,” he said, noting that “vulnerable” areas like Community Living B.C. will see additional revenues from contingency funds to handle the caseloads. All provincial ministries and Crown corporations are expected to “follow the same type of discipline,” Falcon stressed. “All Crown corporations are getting a detailed review,” he said, adding ICBC has been transferred to the Finance Ministry for close scrutiny.

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SKAHA PARK CONSTRUCTION NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that the City will soon begin construction of a new park area at Skaha Park in the area between Elm Avenue and the beach promenade, directly east of the existing sand volleyball courts. This area will be fenced and closed to the public during the construction process, which is expected to be February 27, 2012 to Monday June 4th, 2012. For the safety of all park users - entry into the fenced work area is strictly prohibited. This project is in support of the City of Penticton’s Vision Statement and City Council’s Strategic Priorities, which include the enhancement of our waterfront areas. Should you have any questions please contact Jeff Lynka at (250) 490-2455, or e-mail: jeff.lynka@ penticton.ca.

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SIDEWALK CLOSURE – 200 BLOCK WINNIPEG STREET PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that the sidewalk on the east side of the 200 block of Winnipeg Street including street parking stalls adjacent to the Landmark property will be closed to the public from February 20, 2012 to June 15, 2012 to facilitate construction of the theater wall. For the safety of all pedestrians - entry into the fenced work area is strictly prohibited. Should you have any questions regarding this closure please contact Peter Wallace at (250) 490-2519, or e-mail: peter.wallace@penticton. ca.

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“SKAHA ELM AVENUE SUPPLY IRRIGATION PARTS” For a copy of the full Request for Quotation, please visit the City of Penticton website: http://www.penticton.ca/EN/main/business/ tenders-rfps.html. Please note the Closing Date & Time: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m. City of Penticton, Purchasing Department Phone: (250) 490-2500

PENTICTON BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREA BYLAW 2012-17 TAKE NOTICE THAT the Downtown Penticton Association has requested that City Council establish (pursuant to Section 215 of the Community Charter) a Business Improvement Area, and to designate properties therein as a specified area for the purpose of raising funds to enable the said Association to implement a Business Promotion Scheme within the said Business Improvement Area. Pursuant to Section 215 of the Community Charter, a Business Promotion Scheme may include (a) the carrying out of studies or making reports respecting one or more business areas, (b) the improvement, beautification or maintenance of streets, sidewalks or municipally owned land, buildings or structures in one or more business improvement areas, and (c) the encouragement of business in one or more business improvement areas.

It is the intention of the Municipal Council of the Corporation of the City of Penticton to establish a Business Improvement Area and to designate a specified area (as described below) for the purposes of imposing an annual levy for a period of five (5) years commencing May 1, 2012. The maximum amount to be raised in each of the five (5) years will be determined by the imposition of a levy in the amount of $0.987 per $1,000.00 of assessed value levy on Class 5 and Class 6 taxable land and improvements within the specified area on the basis of general purpose assessments subject to a maximum levy per roll of $2,800.00 and a minimum levy per roll of $200.00. It should be noted that any change in assessed value will vary the amount of the levy.

seal must be affixed and witnessed by the duly authorized signing officers.

All funding raised by the imposition of the levy will be expended only by the Downtown Penticton Association and only for projects provided for in the Association’s annual budget, which in each of the five (5) years must be approved by the members of the Association at its annual general meeting prior to submission to the City Council for approval.

DEMONSTRATOR OR USED DIGGER DERRICK TRUCK

It is estimated that the sum of $160,000.00 will be raised in the year 2012 based on the total 2012 assessed value of land and improvements of class 5 and 6 properties within the specified area.

DESCRIPTION OF SPECIFIED AREA Generally lying South of Lakeshore Drive East between Ellis Street and Martin Street to Eckhardt Avenue to the South with some properties also on Haynes, Brunswick and Winnipeg Street to the West. AND TAKE NOTICE that the City Council intends to proceed with the adoption of the “City of Penticton Business Improvement Area Bylaw 2012-5017”, UNLESS a majority of the owners representing at least one-half of the assessed value of the parcels which are liable to be specially charged petition the Council not to proceed and are received by the Corporate Officer at the City of Penticton, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. on or before April 2, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. Please take note that where there are two or more owners of a property, both must sign a petition for the vote to be effective. If there are more than two owners of a property, the majority are required to sign the petition. Where the owner is a corporation, the corporate

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Quotations will be accepted no later than: 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012. For a copy of the full Request for Quotation, please visit the City of Penticton website: http://www.penticton.ca/EN/main/business/ tenders-rfps.html. City of Penticton, Purchasing Department, Ph: (250) 490-2500. Please note the Closing Date and Time: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m.

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Penticton store robbed Western News Staff

Police are looking for a woman in connection with the robbery of the 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of Skaha Lake Road and Green Avenue West. RCMP report a woman entered the Penticton store shortly after 5 a.m. on Tuesday, demanded money and Àed on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. RCMP said the woman indicated that she was armed, but she did not produce any weapons and no one was hurt. The suspect is described as a Caucasian female between 16 and 25 years old, approximately ¿vefoot-seven with an average build. The woman was wearing bluish grey jeans, an oversized navy blue winter jacket with grey sleeves, shoulders and upper torso. She also had on a purple toque and a light-coloured scarf which she

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The Penticton Business Development Society has folded, less than two months after being awarded the contract to provide tourism, economic development and visitor information services for the city. Penticton chief administrative of¿cer Annette Antoniak con¿rmed the society was disbanding after a meeting with the city Wednesday. Antoniak, who was also held a board director position with the society, explained the matter boiled down to access to the additional hotel room tax (AHRT), which is collected by members of the Penticton Hospitality Association. “They had made every attempt to try to work with the accommodators with respect to securing the extension on the hotel room tax,” Antoniak said. “After several attempts trying to get meetings scheduled, it has become clear that the Penticton Hospital Association does not want to work with the society, and that they want to go down another track.” Antoniak said the city and council have not seen any proposals to date from the accommodators, but “we’ve heard there’s potential out there.” In the interim, tourism, economic development and visitor centre staff would function under the city’s umbrella. “It’s extremely disappointing. I believe the chair Eric Sorenson and the board members had the interests of the City of the Penticton, the accommodators and all the tourist operators at heart, including economic development and visitors services. They were an extremely seasoned, professional group of individuals who volunteered their time and they were not being paid. At some point, one has to look at how we move forward. If there

isn’t the desire to work together and move forward, then decisions have to be made.” Mayor Dan Ashton referred the details of the matter to the city manager, noting only that “It’s an absolute shame.” Hospitality association chair Trinka Pontes said the problem stemmed from “how things were done” without discussing the matter with accommodators in town. “Suddenly the city took the money and contract away from the chamber of commerce and tourism advisory board that were in place,” she said. “This all happened without any consultation of the people who collect the tax.” Pontes said accommodators had been invited to sit on the society’s board, herself included, but “that was too little, too late.” They held their annual general meeting on Feb. 6 and voted on whether to extend the tax past its expiry date of July 1. Accommodators voted no on the extension, “unless the city was willing to negotiate with us,” she said. “We want the money in our hands. We don’t want the money to go to some elaborate board who’s going to spend it on a CEO. The money should be used on marketing, and marketing only,” she said. Pontes couldn’t reveal what the Penticton Hospitality Association’s vision was moving forward, because the details were not set. They are “working around the clock,” she said, to put something together. “I believe we can have something in place fairly soon if the city co-operates with us. The timing is of a great concern to us. Here it’s the end of February, and we should be working on marketing already,” she said. “All we want is to put lots of people in our rooms and bring lots of visitors to Penticton. We are the stakeholders. If anybody is concerned about it, it’s us.”

Province set to impose contract on teachers B.C. Education Minister George Abbott announced Thursday that he intends to introduce legislation next week to end the ongoing teacher job action, and impose a contract. B.C. Liberal house leader Rich Coleman said the legislation could be presented as early as mid-week, but the debate on the provincial budget would take precedence until next Thursday unless there is an emergency situation. “Teachers are deeply concerned that the government plans to once again trample on working people’s

rights by legislating a contract with B.C.’s 41,000 teachers.,” said Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union president Kevin Epp. Abbott wouldn’t give speci¿cs about the terms of the teacher contract he plans to impose, but said it would conform to the Liberal government’s net-zero mandate of no wage increases for public-sector employees. The BCTF had proposed a three-year contract that would see teachers given a 15 per cent increase over that span. Epp said the BCPSEA has not only demanded that teachers agree to the “net zero” mandate in terms of

salary, but are demanding signi¿cant concessions that would mean teachers with years of service are without job security. “I ¿nd it particularly insulting that government and BCPSEA feel they can treat teachers in this way,” said Epp. “Imagine if teachers held the legislative power, showed up at the table on day one with an opening offer, made no effort to negotiate, and then had the government legislate their opening offer. It sounds absurd because it is.” Teachers are planning a demonstration for Monday on Main Street in front of Pen High at 3:30 p.m.

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estraint has become a way of life for many British Columbian families who have seen their costs rise while incomes fail to keep pace. So it should have come as no surprise that restraint was the word of the day when the B.C. government handed down its budget this week. There were few frills in the budget delivered by Finance Minister Kevin Falcon that promised to return the province’s books to the black by 201314, just in time for the next provincial election. Falcon’s budget promises to hold the line on program spending, freezing public-sector wages and selling off $700 million in provincial assets to begin to dig his way out. But while the Liberal government is taking steps to get a handle on the province’s de¿cit — forecast at $969 million for the coming ¿scal year — B.C. families will also have to tighten their belts just a little bit more. MSP premiums will rise for the fourth time since the 2009 election. The newest hit of four per cent beginning in 2013 will take about $60 a year out of the pockets of a family of three or more. The budget delivered little, however, to stimulate the province’s fragile economy or open the door to the workforce for the unemployed. A $10,000 tax break for ¿rst-time homebuyers is only for new homes, providing little help to young couples cobbling their pennies together to get into the housing market. And a $1,000 home renovation tax credit is only available to seniors. Eliminating those conditions for the tax breaks could have helped strengthen the softening housing market and opened up jobs in the construction sector. The move to transition B.C. from the harmonized sales tax back to the PST left the minister with some tough choices to make. This budget makes it clear that Falcon wants to get those decisions out of the way now, saving the good news for next year’s pre-election budget.

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Three steps forward, one step back The Conservative majority in Parliament has passed or introduced three signi¿cant bills that go a long way to reducing government intrusions in our day-to-day lives. Dismantling the Wheat Board and giving western farmers the freedom to choose where, and at whatever market price, they can sell their grain is a signi¿cant step forward for those farmers and the country. While the Wheat Board is not a child of the Trudeau Liberals, the notion of creating different classes of citizens, and entrenching different rights and privileges based on which class of citizenry one belongs, is a hallmark of the Liberal world view. If there was ever a demonstration of the disdain with which the federal Liberals and their bureaucrats in the civil service hold individuals, it is the long gun registry. The premise of the long gun registry was that individual citizens, if left to their own devices, could not be trusted to own and use ¿rearms in a responsible manner. Despite the annual wailings of the media celebrating the “Montreal Massacre” as evidence guns need controlling, there is no evidence that anyone other than crooks or deranged nut cases are interested in gunning down groups of people. They’ll do it whether or not the guns they use are registered.

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At Random Whether plough shares or ¿rearms, individuals have the right to make choices and the right to acquire and enjoy property. There are still some outstanding issues wrapped up in Canadian gun legislation, such as unwarranted search (and seizure) of ¿rearms and onerous regulations regarding the acquisition, use and transport of weapons, but scrapping the registry is the key ¿rst step. Bill C-304 will begin to remedy the abrogation of the protections individuals are granted under common law by repealing Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Section 13 allowed the Human Rights Commission Tribunal to cast a wide net to snare people who communicated “any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person

or those persons are identi¿able on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination.” In Section 13 this “hate” would essentially be “communicated” via the Internet. The broad interpretations of the phases “likely to…”, “hatred or contempt” and “persons are identi¿able on the basis….” applied by the Human Rights Commission resulted in every case brought before HRC under Section 13 ending in a successful conviction. Given the zeal with which HRC pursued cases through the application of the vague wording in Section 13, every journalist, commentator and blogger in Canada who voiced an opinion about religion, language, sexual persuasion, or posted links to others who did, could be in contravention of Section 13. The HRC Tribunal enjoys the powers of a real court of law, but affords none of its protections to defendants. Under the act, individuals are presumed guilty prior to being charged, do not have access to legal counsel and have little right of appeal. Every presumed act of “hatred or contempt” towards individuals, regardless of the special group to which they belong, can be dealt with under existing common and criminal law. The entire Human Rights Act should go, but the repeal of Section 13 is a good start. It is surprising that at the same time the Conservatives champi-

oned legislation promoting freedom, they would introduce Bill C-30, the “Legal Access Bill”. C-30 would empower law enforcement to gain access to any individual’s Internet identity without warrant and without probable cause. Supporters of the bill claim it would assist police in tracking down child pornographers, although no mention of child pornography is made in the bill. Various police forces have demonstrated on any number of occasions that they cannot be trusted with the kinds of powers contemplated under Bill C-30 without constant court oversight. As unsavory as it may be to some, in a free society, even criminals have rights. Whether ¿rearms, hate speech or child porn, we have laws to deal with individuals who commit crimes. On three fronts, the Conservatives have made progress rolling back Liberal policies that reduced individual freedoms through pervasive administrative intrusion. On Bill C-30, we can only hope Harper is wise enough to table the bill for discussion, and let it meet a quiet and deserved demise. Progress is often made in steps — in these cases, it’s three steps forward and one step back. Mark Walker is the publisher of the Penticton Western News.

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Council lacks transparency Mayor and council, please quit hoodwinking us. On one hand, you tell the public you will abide by the opinion poll majority by not allowing a prison in Penticton. Then, on the other, you vowed support for First Nations proposals of which one is situated within the city boundaries. Later, we learn you have sold a piece of our land that is situated adjacent to the South Okanagan Events Centre to a developer for far less than we paid for it. To further aggravate us, you gifted it tax free for several years. You did this without advertising the sale for potential competing interests. What is worse, you let them move in before ponying up the cash. And next? The deal bombed. Wow! I’m interested. Do you have anymore of these shady deals in the wings? Now you are telling us you are gearing up to revitalize a sagging tourism economy. This Àies against what I understand is the council’s vision of prying the tennis club from its Okanagan Lake waterfront site so that a hotel, townhouses and increased traf¿c can adorn this beautiful, open, park-like green

Sale carries a cost

Our mayor and council recently sold a valuable piece of property off for approximately half the real value to some investment guy who “intended” to build a hockey school dormitory. This guy started prepping the site even before the deal went through, which riled folks. This guy had agreed to balloon payments. He missed the ¿rst one, came back with some excuse, then missed it again. Seems his ¿nancing has fallen through now. Meanwhile back at the site, the sub-trades have been busy little beavers, pouring foundations, etc. Racking up more bills owed from the investment guy, say about $1.6 million worth. All the while our mayor and council is letting him ride. It turns out the investment guy is facing a number of legal claims, and that he allegedly misused more than $100,000 paid to him by a group of hockey parents. And this is all in the past. I’m no investment banker, but you’d think that the mayor would have done his “due diligence” and checked into this guy a bit. You know, to make sure he actually had the cash. So now there are small companies, sub-trades in a small town, one of whom is owed $300,000, and left in the lurch. That could break a small company. It is very quiet in the mayor’s corner at the moment. Guess looks really are deceiving, aren’t they? Lois Linds Penticton

Risks overblown

A note to Robert Hand¿eld regarding his comments concerning wind energy. I agree that there are hazards to be had with the use of wind turbines, but any production of electrical energy by any other means is far more hazardous, to wildlife, to the ecology of an area, or pollution to the atmosphere.

space on limited city waterfront. One councillor, according to a newspaper article, would like to see the whole area bulldozed Àat. What a travesty this would be since we have very limited public waterfront, which is our largest asset for attracting tourists. What rationale could the city council possibly have to turn this popular public recreation and respite site into a hotel and residential area considering we still have many vacant sites for development elsewhere in the city? And then there is the questionable residential power increase, and on and on. I sincerely hope the new members on the council can inject some sanity into the management of Penticton, because from my perspective, the mayor and a few councillors have become a burden to sane and intelligent growth of our city. And thank you, Mayor Ashton, for not replying to my well-intentioned email sent over a month ago. I suspect I would have been hoodwinked once again. Sheldon Hansen Penticton

However, your suggestion that a single turbine will take between 400 to 500 acres of room is way out of line. With 640 acres to a section (one square mile) you are stating that one turbine will use up to three-quarters of a square mile. You obviously haven’t visited areas of the world where wind turbines are prevalent — Denmark, Germany, California, Texas, etc. — where they have as many as ¿ve or more turbines per square mile. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia: Wind turbine spacing on most horizontal wind-turbine farms, a spacing of about six to 10 times the rotor diameter is often upheld. However, for large wind farms distances of about 15 rotor diameters should be more economically optimal, taking into account typical wind turbine and land costs. This conclusion has been reached by research conducted by Charles Meneveau of the Johns Hopkins University and Johan Meyers of Leuven University in Belgium, based on computer simulations that take into account the detailed interactions among wind turbines (wakes) as well as with the entire turbulent atmospheric boundary layer. Moreover, recent research by John Dabiri of Caltech suggests that vertical wind turbines may be placed much more closely together so long as an alternating pattern of rotation is created allowing blades of neighbouring turbines to move in the same direction as they approach one another. Frank Martens Summerland

Shop around

I read with interest the Western column by Steve Kidd titled “Hoaxes catch many in their web” and feel I can add to this. With the sharp rise in the value

of gold and silver, I recently took the opportunity to sell some old jewelry and pay some bills. I ¿rst went to the travelling event that keeps coming to Penticton to buy people’s valuables. The offer I was given there for my jewelry seemed too low, so I decided to get another offer. Sure enough, a coin store on Main Street in Penticton gave me 50 per cent more money for the same items. I want to warn the readers to shop around for the best offer for their valuables. What surprised me most was the coin dealer said most people with extra money or investments are converting these to gold and silver and aren’t selling them. This seems to show the widening gap between the haves and havenots. Lindsey Hall Penticton

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Well, the cat is out of the bag, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent statement to consider changes to the Old Age Security system. Since Harper’s initial announcement, to have the government consider extending the retirement date to 67, I have watched heated debate in the House of Commons and read much in the press. The Toronto Star quotes Liberal MP Judy Sgro’s taunts in Parliament: “They have caviar tastes when it comes to jets and jails, but a baloney budget when it comes to seniors.” The Star goes on to quote parliamentary budget of¿cer watchdog Kevin Page’s report, which, he says, has shredded the government’s credibility on this issue. After analyzing the numbers, Page concluded that the crisis is a manufactured one. “You cannot argue the government has a ¿scal sustain-

ability problem,” he says. To add more on this issue (of robbing seniors and almost-seniors), the Globe and Mail reported on the spending habits of Harper’s top bureaucrats. While I scrape and save my meager pension dollars so I can Ày and visit my son and granddaughter who live in Mexico, and who I have not seen since 2005, the Globe and Mail states that “Rennie Marcoux, assistant secretary to cabinet, spent $6,855 (of taxpayers dollars) to Ày to London, to attend a week-long “cyber” conference last October. The clerk of the Privy Council, Wayne Wouters, paid almost as much for a round-trip Àight to London — $6,625 — for a public-service summit in November.” Unfortunately, this list is too long to list here, and actually gets worse. All of which contradict the fact that we live in a world of high competition for international

Àights. I believe these prices that we, the taxpayers, have paid (during Harper’s so-called times of ¿scal restraint) are an insult to the intelligence of Canadians and an unnecessary drain on the Canadian economy. Approximately 60 per cent of Canadians did not vote for a Conservative Party of Canada candidate in last year’s federal election. I count myself in that 60 per cent. However, with our “¿rst-past-thepost” electoral system, we now have a “majority” government that was not elected by the majority of Canadians. My only option is to oppose such draconian measures put forward by Harper, to call for realistic and transparent government spending, and to trust in the intelligence of Canadians to do likewise.

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mous with forestry and today this industry is still one of the cornerstones of our economy, especially in many rural communities which strongly value and support timber harvesting. With over two-thirds (60 million hectares) of the provincial land mass covered in forest we can count on a healthy industry for many more years. B.C. has more than 110 lumber mills, over 70 with a capacity of more than 40 million board feet per year; 27 veneer, plywood and OSB (oriented strand board) mills, eight pellet mills, 18 pulp mills (six of which are also paper mills) and over 80 other primary processing mills such as chips, shake and shingle, pole, and log manufacturers. The forestry sector has a deep pool of skilled professionals and a highly trained workforce. Altogether the industry employs well over 50,000 well paid employees, often the life-blood of small towns. B.C.’s forest sector is definitely starting to recover from the last decade’s downturn. Since 2009, over two dozen mills have announced they are reopening or adding shifts. The importance of this industry to B.C. is demonstrated by the fact that 40% of the province’s regional economies are based on forestry activities, in more than 7,000 businesses. Structuriam, developing a method to produce Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), received approximately $3.2 million in federal contributions and $2.5 million in provincial to support innovation and to help commercialize this new wood product. The company also invested more than $7.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions to produce CrossLam, the new line of CLT. The opening, in 2008, of a state of the art value-added wood facility in Okanagan Falls, which is the largest laminating facility in Canada with a production capability of over 60,000 board feet per day, speaks loudly to the success of the investment. One reason for growth in the industry is the Asian market. International buyers know that B.C. is a stable supplier of high-quality wood products; we can provide timber supply security. This secure supply, coupled with the fact our spruce, pine, fir, hemlock and balsam fibre baskets are among the richest in the world makes B.C. extremely attractive.

The B.C. brand of wood products is well established globally with market-leading shares in key countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. B.C. is also looking to be the first major country that deals in softwood lumber to establish its products in the India marketplace. Working with the federal government and industry, the Province has strengthened and diversified the B.C. forest sector by increasing market demand for softwood lumber throughout Asia. The global demand for bio-products from the forest is predicted to reach $200 billion a year. Renewable fuels, plastics, and chemicals for the pharmaceutical and food industries can potentially be manufactured by running wood fibre and residues through bio-refinery. B.C. has taken steps to make it easier for the non-lumber sector to source supplies of lower quality fibre. This includes fibre supply licences to cut to use logging debris that is left behind on landings and roadsides. Taking care of this natural abundance is critical. An amazing statistic is the fact B.C. has planted more than six billion trees since reforestation programs began in the 1930’s, and is on track to plant its seven billionth tree in 2013/14. We plant an average of 200 million trees each year. B.C. produces more wood products certified to environmental standards than any other region in the world and has 53 million hectares certified to one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management certification standards. Growth now and in the future requires a solid foundation. B.C. created the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to deal with increasing demands and pressures on the land base by taking a more integrated approach to managing B.C.’s natural resources. BC Hydro launched a two-phase Bioenergy Call for Power. Phase one has helped advance bioenergy development in Kamloops, Castlegar and Prince George, while phase two has done the same for Chetwynd, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Merritt. B.C. has also passed the Wood First Act to promote and encourage a cultural shift that will make wood the first choice for construction in the commercial and institutional sectors as well as residential. The future looks very bright for this most iconic of British Columbia industries.

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Thank you to Simone Blais for the sensitive article about Heart to Mind fundraising event Feb. 11 at Fibonacci Roastary and Cafe. Mental illness effects one in ¿ve Canadians, so we all know someone who is coping with the burden of illness. Everyone enjoyed the mixture of entertainment including a kissing booth run by Dr. Eclectic. Chocolates from Accent Cafe provided by Coun. Wes Hopkin were enjoyed by all. The proceeds will support research programs at the University of British Columbia. Recovery is possible. Sharon Evans B.C. Schizophrenia Society Penticton Branch


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Seniors Symposium hits a snag Kristi Patton Western News Staff

After 20 years of hosting the Seniors Symposium, the South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society has had to cancel this year’s event. Kelly Smith, executive director of the wellness society, said they are hoping to bring the event back in 2013 as a fundraiser for the society. “Previously there was no charge for people to go to the symposium and we just can’t afford to do it that way anymore,” said Smith. “All

non-pro¿ts are feeling the squeeze with funding issues, so it was just something we can’t put on anymore in the capacity it has been over the past 20 years.” Over the past year, the society has reviewed its programs and chosen to focus on their mandate of seniors outreach and community supports services. The shift means the society will focus all their efforts on helping socially isolated seniors in the area. This, combined with a hard year in accessing funding, pushed the society to re-

think the symposium. “It’s not that we lost funding, but we really aren’t getting enough to sustain us. Unfortunately with us not being able to access gaming funds for this year, it put us in a situation that we had to take a look at our programming and what we could and couldn’t afford to do,” said Smith.

The society wouldn’t be eligible to apply for gaming funds until August, which means they wouldn’t receive funding until February 2013. “We feel bad about not hosting it this year because everyone has been so supportive from seniors attending to exhibitors, volunteers and sponsors, but we had

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Since about October, young musicians from all over the Okanagan Valley have been giving up their Saturdays for intensive rehearsals and practices. It’s a phenomenon that has been happening every year since 1989, the year Imant Ramish founded the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan. They meet for approximately 10 full-day rehearsals on Saturdays, beginning in early October and culminating in their spring weekend of concerts in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. “To me, it’s not giving up my time, it’s spending my time doing what I love to do,” said Jasper Meiklejohn, a young violinist who has participated in the symphony for the last three years. “I don’t feel like it’s a sacri¿ce, I feel like it’s a really great way to spend my time.” Besides Meiklejohn, there are two other Penticton musicians participating in the concert this year. Misty Knol plays both Àute and piccolo with the YSO, and Pon Samosa-Ard is also a violinist. “I started with them last year,” said Samosa-Ard, who also plays the piano, though not with the symphony. “I have been playing violin for ¿ve years.” Many of these young musicians have been studying music from a young age, and are already performing at an advanced level on their chosen instrument. The YSO has been an important step in their development, with many going on to play with the National

do give them a time limit, because they don’t want the whole concert being taken over.” Meiklejohn took up that challenge last year and this year. He said it’s an incredible feeling just to hear other people playing his music, creating sounds that before he had could only hear in his head. “I sometimes do recordings on the computer with simulated instruments on the keyboard, it’s totally different,” said Meiklejohn. “Just hearing it come to life is a great experience.” Working with Ramish is also a great learning experience, according to the three Penticton musicians. “He’s very good. I think he does a very good job of co-ordinating the group,” said Meiklejohn. “We have a short amount of time, but once we get to the concert, everything is pretty well-polished. He is quite meticulous.” However, this may be the last year the young musicians work with Ramish. “Imant has been wanting to retire. He’s been doing it for about 23 years now and Rosemary Thomson, the conductor of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, has of¿cially agreed to take over,” said Ferrari. “So it is going to be changing a little bit, it might become a little longer season or other changes.” The 2012 concert, From Clowns to Mountain Kings, takes place on Feb. 26 in Penticton, at 2 p.m. in Cleland Theatre. Tickets are available at the door or the Penticton Academy of Music.

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A wide-variety of entertainers are ready to rock the Okanagan Falls Legion this Sunday from 11 a.m. to closing. Special guest Jeff Bodner, Essence of Elvis, will be on stage from 12:30 to 1:05 p.m. and again from 4:14 to 4:40 p.m. Bodner has competed both nationally and internationally performing his tribute act to Elvis Presley. He has competed in Collingwood International Elvis Competition and worked his way up to being No. 1 in the amateur world. Holley Gilligan will also be at the Legion on Sunday kicking up her heels, accompanied by a set of line dancers. The public is welcome to the all

day concert as there will be members to sign people in. Besides the long list of entertainment there are prizes, draws, 50/50 and food by donations by the Ladies Auxiliary. Sunday fundraiser set times — Summerland Pipe Band (noon to 12:20 p.m.), Bodner, Terri Bremner (1:05 to 1:40 p.m.), Gordie McClaren (1:40 to 2 p.m.), Dagmao and Gary (2 to 2:40 p.m.), Adam Fitzpatrick (2:40 to 3:15 p.m.), Yvonne Baker (3:15 to 3:45 p.m.), Ivan Prefontaine (3:45 to 4:15 p.m.), Bodner, Bremner (4:40 to 5 p.m.), Mikie Spillett (5 to 5:30 p.m.), Flashback rock and roll (5:45 to 7 p.m.), Cindy Doucette (7 to 7:30 p.m.), Dale Seaman and HWY 97 take the stage at 7:45 p.m. followed by an open mic.

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events Feb. 24 — Beautiful Africa: A New Generation, featuring traditional dance and songs from the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda. This is a free event held at the Bethel Church (945 Main St.) at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 — The Youth Symphony of the Okanagan comes to Penticton for a concert at 2 p.m. in Cleland Theatre, featuring violin soloists Vincent Li and Rebecca Ruthven. Music repertoire includes works by Morawetz, Sarasate, Grieg, Chausson and Beethoven. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and youth 13-18, and $5 for children 12 and under. They will be available at Penticton Academy of Music and at the door on the day of the performance. Feb. 22-25 — Summerland Secondary presents The Phantom of the Opera at Centre Stage Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the school ofÀce and the Beanery in Summerland. Feb. 23-25 — Princess Margaret Secondary presents Once Upon a Mattress, a musical adaptation of the Princess and the Pea story at 7 p.m. in the school theatre. Tickets available at the school or call 250-770-7620 for more information.

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Payment with plastic will be an option at City Hall late this spring. Penticton council unanimously approved a thirdparty system for credit cards called Paymentus that would allow to expand payment options and prevent city revenues from taking a hit in large service fees. Revenue supervisor Angela Campbell explained Monday that although the city accepts cash, cheque and debit cards and offers pre-authorized payment plans for taxes, staff have received numerous requests about whether the city accepts credit cards. Investigating whether to offer that service, she said, posed two problems: costs associated with security and the service fees attached to credit cards. Visa and MasterCard processing fees are approximately 1.65 per cent of the transaction amount. If those were charged back to the payer, Campbell explained, most residents would choose another payment to avoid the additional levy. If the city absorbed the fee, it would have to increase costs in other ways — posing an additional burden on non-users. To get started, an in-depth process is involved to become payment card industry (PCI) compliant, to the tune of $100,000. Campbell said the city began reviewing Paymentus, which has 400 customers across eight provinces and 45 states, half of which are cities, towns and counties. Its system addresses both issues: it is Level 1 CPIcompliant and offers its services at no cost to clients. It does charge user fees, but those are based on the size of transactions. Traf¿c fees and dog licences will see $1.95 fees, while utilities and business licences transactions would be charged $5.95. Building permit transactions will cost $17.95. All categories have per-transaction limits, except for property taxes, which would feature a 2.75 per cent fee. Mayor Dan Ashton said that although the 2.75 per cent fee might not work for some, he knows many people use their credit cards primarily for the rewards they receive for frequent use. “They may get Air Miles or other things,” he said. Coun. Andrew Jakubeit asked whether or not Paymentus could change its fees without consultation from the city, but Campbell said that Paymentus would be contractually bound to those rates. The city could be ready to conduct credit card transactions through Paymentus as early as May of this year, she added.

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A trio of teens have been arrested after caught activating a Penticton RCMP bait car. Cpl. Martin Trudeau said the vehicle was parked near the downtown core last Friday and RCMP received indications that it had been activated around 8 p.m. The culprits had already left the scene by the time RCMP arrived. “Though police were not able to locate the culprits right away, an onboard video camera which was activated upon entry by the suspects provided police with a clear video recording of the deed, where three young Caucasian females had their every move recorded,” said Trudeau. RCMP said the suspects had searched through the vehicle stealing cigarettes, a cellphone and a liquor bottle. All three of the alleged thieves were teens between the ages of 15 and 17 years old. Trudeau said they were later arrested and charged with theft under $5,000. “Coincidently, these same three females were also involved in the theft of a vehicle two days prior and the matter is still being investigated,” said Trudeau. The bait car program is funded in partnership with ICBC who provides cars equipped with audio and video recording capabilities, GPS tracking and a remote engine shut-off system to enable police to catch car thieves.


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Triathlete joins health forum panel Okanagan Health Forum comes dangerously high cholesterol. In solidarity dietary changes. The ¿lm also follows ‘reality patients’ who to Penticton’s Shatford Centre with JR, each member of the team adopted a healthier diet to help ‘rescue’ JR. Within one have chronic conditions and the challenges on March 1 Rip Esselstyn has always been a highachieving, competitive guy. A pro triathlete for over 10 years with numerous accolades such as eight-time winner of the Capital of Texas triathlon. At age 43, he was named one of Austin, Texas’ 10 ¿ttest people. He credits much of his success to the fuel he gives his body, which is inspired by his father’s research on reversing and curing heart disease. When he changed careers from triathlon to professional ¿re¿ghter, he found himself challenging his ¿re¿ghting team to prove how ¿t they were for their job of saving lives. It turned out that their 33-year old buddy JR had

month, they saw remarkable results, and thus began Rip’s journey to writing the New York Times best-seller The Engine 2 Diet. Rip’s story is but one of many showcased in the feature ¿lm Forks Over Knives which the Okanagan Health Forum is bringing to the Shatford Centre in Penticton on March 1 and the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country on March 4. The ¿lm traces the personal journeys of Rip’s father, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., author of Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease, and Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, a book which reveals that cancer as well as other common diseases in the Western world can be dramatically reduced with

and triumphs of their journeys are revealed. The evening is much more than a documentary. There will be free food samples from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with the ¿lm Forks Over Knives starting at 6:30 p.m. Following the ¿lm and a short intermission, Esselstyn will join the expert panel (via Skype) to answer attendees’ questions. Also on the panel are Brenda Davis, dietitian, author and international speaker, and Roger Crittenden, family practice physician. Tickets are $5 and are available in Penticton at Nature’s Fare and Whole Foods Market and in Kelowna at Choices Markets and Nature’s Fare. For further information visit www.okanaganhealthforum.com.

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TO THE POINT — Betty Gibson takes her shot during a match in the women’s doubles portion of the 12th annual Winterfest Darts Tournament at the Penticton Elks Club. The two-day event attracted players from throughout the Okanagan and Lower Mainland.

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“The nominations really are a wonderful way of recognizing outstanding women in our communities,” said Maimie De Silva, SOWINS board director. “These are women who are outstanding achievers making a unique and exemplary contribution to their communities. Women who inspire us through their creativity, leadership, compassion and dedication. Women who are role models and advocates and use their talents, vision and determination to make our communities a better place.” Among the categories is an award for courage which is being shared by Rita Chretien and Caroline Hild. Last year, Chretien was found by hunters after being reported missing

for seven weeks. The Penticton woman was on a road trip with her husband to attend a convention in Las Vegas when they got led off the track onto a logging road in Idaho where their vehicle got stuck. Her husband, Al Chretien, left their vehicle to seek help and was never seen again. Other nominees include Gillian Russell arts; Connie Denesiuk, Barb Haynes, Tracy St. Claire - community contribution; Brenda Barber, Jade Loan Yasmine Thorpe - excellence in instruction; Sylvia Lilley, Michou Szabo, Renee Tompkins - excellence in service; Elaine Gowing, Rebecca Kay, Dianne McEvoy - ¿nance, entrepreneur, business; Dale Belvedere, Wendy Williams - health and

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proached the animal for the first time. “When I got the call I really thought I would be going to look at one of the wild horses, but there was a calmness I could see and nothing violent from him,” said Nolet, who believes the animal may have been in the area since last fall. “He let me walk right up to him and I started rubbing his neck and then I got the halter from my car, put it on him and away we went.” It was obvious to her at the time the situation was critical and she quickly made arrangements to have him transported. However, it soon became evident the horse would not make the 90-minute trip to the Critteraid farm in Summerland.

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Instead he was taken to McRae’s Oliver ranch where he remains. “He really is making good progress,” said Nolet as she ran a hand along his still exposed ribs during one of her regular visits. “You can see where he has put on weight and he is also moving a lot better.” Due to his condition, the horse must be kept in a stall and requires regular attention and frequent feeding as well as

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and because they are used to being fed, would not be familiar with having to forage for food and water. While it is difficult to monitor, Nolet believes the instances of horses being “set free” is a lot more prevalent than most people realize. Briarwood has no brands or any other identifying marks, so finding his owner is very unlikely. “By all means we would love to know who you (owner) are and (for you) to be charged with cruelty, but I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said the program co-ordinator. The time limit for the horse to be reclaimed is 30 days. After that Critteraid will attempt to find another home for him as long as he is medically fit. Nolet added there are a number of organizations who also work with horse owners to find other alternatives to simply letting the animals go. And as difficult as it may be, she said even having the animal humanely euthanized is better than abandoning it. Donations towards the care of Briarwood can be made on the group’s website www. critteraid.org or by mail: Critteraid, Project Equus, Box 235, 113-437 Martin St. Penticton, B.C. V2A 5L1. Critteraid is a not-forprofit organization and totally volunteer run.


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Express force way to South Zone win Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

After falling short last year of the Grade 8 South Zone championship, the KVR Express girls team made no mistake this time. The Express downed arch-rival Skaha Lake Middle School Sharks 36-27 last weekend during the championship game. The Express bulled through the competition as they started with a 40-3 win against the McNicoll Park Dragons. They then defeated Similkameen Elementary Secondary School 43-21 to advance to the final. Express coach Blair Haddrell described it as a defensive battle as they led 14-13 at half time. Shinnaz Johal and Courtney Olexa each sunk two threepoint shots to keep it close. In the second half, Anika Holowaty took over as she scored 16 points in the half to propel the Express to victory. KVR went eight-for-12 from the foul line in the final. Haddrell said point guards Sydney Foster and Steph Ortiz did a great job of controlling the game. He also liked that his team played an up-tempo style while controlling the ball. “Our press caused some trouble for all teams throughout the weekend and was a major reason for our

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ANIKA HOLOWATY of the KVR Express looks for an open teammate with McNicoll Park’s Zoe Konanz trying to block any pass attempts.

success, as we were able to get a high number of steals off of it,” said Haddrell. “When we didn’t get a steal, we had girls ready to pester the other teams’ point guards.” Haddrell was im-

pressed with their execution as they utilized four different offensive plays. Haddrell talked about their play on the other side of the ball. “We take pride in playing good defensively and the work

ethic is excellent,” he said. Foster, Sydney Clarke, Kelsey Rowlands, Shayla Watson and Ortiz led the way defensively as they were able to hold off Skaha’s top scorers. In

each game, the Express had defensive strategies for every team. “We knew going into the final that there were a couple girls for Skaha that liked to shoot threes and could make them, and we did a good job of making their life hard,” he said. SESS placed third, while Holy Cross was fourth, Springvalley Middle School fifth, Princeton sixth, Osoyoos Secondary School seventh and McNicoll eighth. Season All Stars: Zoe Konanz, Maya Vankataraman, Bailey O’Donnell, Taylor Pendegraft, Madison Terebasket, Kelsey Davie, Courtney Olexa, Sydney Clarke. Playoff All Stars: Nykaila Wheeler, Lexi Grady, Stephanie Ortiz, Sydney Foster, Shayla Watson, Shinnaz Johal. MVP: Anika Holowaty Haddrell described his group as a true team with very balanced scoring to compile a 29-6 record. KVR will attend the Grade 8 provincials in Pitt Meadows March 7 to 10. Going to the provincials was the Express’ second goal. “The girls are excited,” he said. “It will be a great experience. It’s a good tournament. For some, it may be their only chance to go. I find that once they go to provincials, they want to return.”

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Lakers bound for valley championship Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

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Pen High’s senior boys basketball team earned a split in the final weekend of Okanagan Valley league action. On Saturday, the Lakers hosted the NorKam Saints and hoped to avenge an earlier sevenpoint loss in Kamloops. The Lakers jumped out to a 22-17 first-quarter lead, then had a rough second quarter, which left them going into the half with a 41-37 lead. They held off the Saints to win 67-49. Ty Moorman scored 11 of his game-high 23 in the fourth quarter. Brody St. Martin collected 14 points while Ryan Sutcliffe added 12 points. On Friday, the Lakers hosted the South Kamloops Titans and lost 62-38. Moorman led with eight points. Prior to that weekend, the Lakers played No. 1 Kelowna Secondary

Owls and lost 78-40, then defeated the Salmon Arm Golds 56-33. The Lakers travel to Kamloops on March 1 to compete in the Valley

Championships and open against the Rutland Voodoos at 6 p.m. Senior girls Eighteen and 15 point

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Lakers shooting for extra goals in playoffs Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Extra goals and healthy bodies are what the Penticton Lakers want entering the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs. The Lakers wrapped up its regular season schedule with one-goal losses to the Princeton Posse, who they will face in round one, the Osoyoos Coyotes and Kelowna Chiefs. Lakers coach Robert Dirk said his team played well in the three losses, but dug themselves into holes. In each of those games, the

Lakers trailed 2-0, 3-0 and 2-0 after the first period. “We can’t afford to take a period off,” said Dirk, who talked about that with his players. “For the most part we don’t have offensive strength to fight back from three or four goal deficits. Identity is defence first and tight checking.” The Lakers allowed the fewest goals (170) in their division and had the best penalty kill in the league (48 for 383, 87 per cent). Kale Erickson led the Lakers with 23 goals and 48 points in 47 games. He was the Lakers lone

20-goal man. While the Coyotes face the Chiefs in the opening round, Dirk believes their matchup with the Posse (28-191-4) is good for them. The Lakers (25-19-1-7) won the season series 4-3-1, which included two overtime wins and an overtime loss. “They are a big, strong, physical team,” he said, adding that the Posse plays well at home. “We’re a better skating team. That plays into our strength.” The Lakers have also

won in Princeton, which gives them confidence. Erickson, who leads all Lakers with six goals against the Posse, said a quick start is important. A key to him is using their speed in the offensive zone. “When we move our feet in the offensive zone, there is not a lot of teams that can keep up with us,” said Erickson. As for their health, Dirk expects to have 20 Lakers on his roster Friday. Nine players, including goalie Jesse Gordichuk have been recovering from injuries. Dirk said success in the playoffs comes down to four things: goaltend-

Getting to know Kevin Kelly

The ice may soon be melting at the Penticton Curling Club, but the membership has been hot this season. Our Thursday night recreational league was full at two complete draws for a total of 24 teams. Like many clubs we offer “learn to curl clinics” Kim Kirkham at the start of the season, On The Button which in turn fill the recreational leagues with “new to the game” curlers. We also have “returning to the club” curlers that have taken a hiatus from the game and return to our competitive leagues. With the great Okanagan climate there are a lot of folks migrating to Penticton from Saskatchewan and Northern B.C., who have joined our leagues in the category of “new to Penticton” seasoned curlers.

Kevin Kelly profile Behind the doors of every great curling club, there are curlers with a competitive drive, and a passion for the game. There are also the “on ice” teachers and the curlers that create synergy on the ice. I would like to introduce Kevin Kelly from the Deli, as he fondly refers to himself as. Kevin fits into the “new to Penticton” seasoned curler category. Kevin moved to Penticton in January 2011. Like most passionate curlers, he made his way down to the rink to sign up as a spare. Kevin now curls in three leagues (the men’s, competitive mixed and Thursday night recreational league), and can often be seen sparing for the Friday night league. Kevin was born in Moose Jaw, Sask, and began his curling career at the age of 13 at the Nanaimo Curling Club. This left-handed curler was inspired by his parents, who were also curlers. Kevin is no stranger to competitions: after winning the B.C. provincial junior championships, he and his team made their way to Halifax for the 1983 Junior Canadian Championships. In 1986 he was on the youngest team to ever qualify for the men’s B.C. provincials. Who is Kevin’s curling hero? Without a doubt Rick Folk. He had dreams of going to the Brier one day, but is now content to live vicariously through some of the world class talent in the rinks today. In the off-season, Kevin can be found biking and “fish’n in the dark.” Why does Kevin curl? He is passionate about curling, and wants to give back by helping others learn the game. He is also known for creating synergy among his teammates.

Kevin will get his chance to mingle with some of those world class curlers when Penticton hosts the 2013 Continental Cup Jan. 10 to 13. The online volunteer registration forms for the 2013 Continental Cup will be available on March 1. Around the House As we get into the hack to throw the last few stones of the regular season we are also gearing up for a couple of busy weekends at the Penticton Curling Club. This weekend the Penticton Curling Club will be hosting the 2012 Club Challenge. There are nine men’s teams and four ladies teams competing for the Club Challenge this weekend. There are three local teams competing, on the ladies side; the Sharon Verrier rink and on the men’s side the Blaine Black rink and the Glen Brennan rink from Summerland. Games get underway Friday night at 9 p.m., with the first game on Saturday at 8 a.m., with the action continuing throughout the day with the last draw at 7:30 p.m. The winners will go on to compete in Richmond. Everyone is welcome to come down and watch the action. The annual Western Mixed Open bonspiel will be held March 2-4. Everyone is welcome. We are looking for a few individuals to fill spots. To sign up, call 250492-5647. Kim Kirkham is the past president and spokesperson for the Penticton Curling Club.

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Marketing plans for skateboards and cabinets proved to be a recipe for national success for a team of Okanagan College School of Business students, including one who calls Summerland home. Brea Retzlaff was on the team of Okanagan School of Business students who cleared the ¿eld of 30 colleges and institutes in the seventh annual Vanier BDC Marketing Case Competition held in Montreal Feb. 10 to 12. Coached by professor Rick Appleby, the team was given a real business case to analyze in less than three hours and prepare a 20-minute presentation. “Being in there for three hours, you have a speci¿c time limit, so it’s tough to come up with a whole marketing plan in that time. My teammates had to do different parts. It’s a tight time period to get everything done. You want to do more, but you can only do the bare minimum pretty much,” Retzlaff said. The ¿rst day’s case focused on a start-up skateboard shop in Calgary, and the Okanagan team decided to name it Fresh, with the slogan, “This isn’t a hobby, this is my life.” They identi¿ed their target market and the methods they would use to reach out to potential customers. Finalists presented their pitches to six judges from different backgrounds and com-

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panies, as well as the other 100-plus students, coaches and public in attendance. Presentations were also delivered in the language preferred by each team, making for a multicultural experience. Each presentation was timed, and penalties were given for coming under less than 18 minutes. Everyone was stopped at 20 minutes, whether they were ¿nished or not, and then judges had ¿ve minutes to pepper the students with questions. “You’re comparing the skills you learned at Okanagan College to those from schools across the country,” she said. “I listen to presentations from real businesses and startups ev-

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and impressed,” Retzlaff added. The Okanagan team consisted of third-year bachelor of business administration students Emily Johnson, Gavin MacVicar and Retzlaff. The ¿rst-place team was Mohawk College from Hamilton, Ontario, and second place went to College Lionel Groulx-Quebec. Okanagan College will be hosting the Western Canadian International Business Competition this year, involving student teams from across Canada that will run a ¿ctitious company in a global industry using computer simulation. The competition is scheduled for March 23 to 25 at the Kelowna campus. Retzlaff said she’s keen to compete again. As a member of Students in Free Enterprise, she will be involved in another competition in Vancouver this weekend. “It’s a real business situation. You learn to adapt quickly, think on your feet and apply the lessons we’re learning in school to a real business,” Retzlaff said.

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

Locke Property Management Ltd. 528 Main St., Penticton, BC. Infant, Toddler ECE needed, 24+ hours per week, contact Debbie at 250-490-9855, email resume to columbusparkchildcare@yahoo.ca JOE’S AUTOBODY REPAIR in Prince Rupert, BC. Currently has an opening for a Collision Technician and Certified Painter. Must be a team player for this relaxed and friendly,but hard working atmosphere. Wages and moving expenses negotiable. Email resume to: joesauto@citytel.net Fax: 250627-4702. Call: 250-624-1795 ORCHARD WORKERS Thinning, pruning, harvesting $10.25/hr or piece rate. 10hrs/ day, June to Oct. Gutknecht Orchards Ltd., Vernon FAX: 250-542-6647 email: begutknecht@shaw.ca

Okanagan Transload Terminal, located in Winfield, BC has immediate openings for a full time and a part time truck driver with Class 1 licence and air endorsement. Preference will be given to applicants who have forklift experience and are willing to work in the yard form time to time. You may send resumes to: info@khawk.ca or fax them to 250-766-2558. Please include drivers abstract with your resume. Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

HHDI RECRUITING is hiring on behalf of Baker Hughes Baker Hughes Alberta based oilfield services company is currently hiring;

DRIVER EQUIPMENT OPERATORS & SERVICE SUPERVISORS Class 1 or 3 License required.

Drivers

HD MECHANICS 3rd or 4th apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics with their Red Seal and CVIP License to work in Red Deer & Hinton. Please call 250-718-3330 or Fax: 1-888-679-0759 For more information or send your resume & current drivers abstract to: driverclass1@shaw.ca

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painter required, must have vehicle, references required, call Chris (250)488-1613

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Appliance Repairs Murray’s Appliance Repair, former customers of Lumb’s, give Murray a call, (250)4935780

Cleaning Services Cleaning - Household & Business, friendly, professional service, Penticton to Peachland, $20/hr. Supplies Included. 250-878-3498

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For all your drywall, boarding, taping & light framing needs. Free estimate, call John (250)809-8708

Garden & Lawn GREENWORKS Property Maintenance. Taking bookings for the 2012 season. Professional experience in all aspects of property maintenance from the growing season through to snow removal. Licensed/Insured/Residential/Commercial/Strata. 250487-0373 778-476-0111

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GREAT Canadian Builders Ltd. “Turning Houses into Homes.” Your complete renovation specialists. 25 years experience. All interior & exterior work, concrete, sheds, garages, fences, roofing, decks, drywall, framing. Restorations, additions. Licensed and insured, for your free estimate call Steve 250-490-9762, 250488-0407 HOME RENOVATIONS - Large or Small. Bathrooms, Basements, Kitchens, etc. Call 250488-5338. Serving Kelowna to Osoyoos and surrounding areas. Let me help you with your project. Big or small, 20 yrs exp, carpentry, tile work, painting & repairs, ref’s, licensed, insured and WCB, call Nick 250-486-2359

TAXATION - ACCOUNTING Richard Calkins 202A-3115 Skaha Lake Rd. Personal-Trusts-Corporate (778)476-5845

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BELCAN Painting & Renos Licensed-Insured-WCB, Painting, Tiles, Flooring, Finishing Carpentry, Kitchen & Bath Reno’s. Call Len 250-486-8800

MB Home Improvements & Construction Voted 1 of the top renovation companies by Okanagan Life Magazine Serving Penticton Since 2003 No job too big or small! -kitchens -bathrooms -doors & windows -all types of flooring -moldings -dry walling & painting -foundations to finishing Any project from start to finish Licensed & Insured (250)486-0767 www.mbhomeimprovements.com Rob Hurren Carpentry, renovations big and small, kitchen and bath remodeling, doors trim work, finishing and more, professional design available, call Rob 250-809-7131

Landscaping Fully Experienced Pruner. Fruit trees, evergreen hedges and landscapes. Picture portfolio and reference list of satisfied clients available. Phone Gerald 250-493-5161

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FAMILY Movers. Moving? Anything, anywhere. Local and long distance trips. Packing service available, weekly trips to Vancouver, Alberta, full and partial loads. Cheapest rates in the valley. Free Estimates, 250-493-2687

Slight scratch and dent. SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS! Washer/Dryer set starting at $399. Ranges starting at $299 LG TV 50’’ $499.CANADIAN LIQUIDATORS 250-490-0554.

Painting & Decorating Painting Interior/Exterior. Excellent work, fast, neat, low prices. 30 years experience. Small jobs welcome. Phone Dave at (250)497-7912

Rubbish Removal PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump 250-770-0827

Swimming Pools/ Hot Tubs

We’re looking for new members to join our Recreation team!

Join the City of Penticton and live right in the centre of the exciting vacation atmosphere of the South Okanagan. We offer competitive wages and a great working environment that will allow you to get involved in an active Okanagan lifestyle, taking part in activities from snow sports to water sports, winery tours to golf, and much more.

Recreation Aide Job Summary: As a member of the Recreation team this position will work within the context of a dynamic resident centered care model, and in accordance with established standards of professional practice, the vision, mission and values of the organization. The Recreation Aide will carry out established resident centered Therapeutic Recreation services to all residents within a team based environment. • Assist in the planning, organization and operation of therapeutic recreation programs • Prepare areas for activities, maintains equipment & keep residents and areas safe • Acts as a liaison for family members, volunteers and the multidisciplinary teams • Complete necessary documentation as determined by Recreation manager Experience and Education: • Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or equivalent • 1 -3 years experience in recreation with seniors in Complex Care and /or Assisted Living settings • Eligible for membership in British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association • Class 4 license Knowledge and Skills: • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position • Comprehensive knowledge of theory and practice within a client centered model of care • Demonstrated ability to function as a team member • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written Wages: • As per collective agreement Sandy Whitty Recreation Manager 103 Duncan Avenue Penticton, BC V2A 2Y3 Fax: (250) 490-8523 sandy.whitty@thehamletsatpenticton.com Thank you to all applicants. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Lifeguard / Instructors (Part-Time) The City of Penticton’s Recreation Department is looking for dynamic, energetic and self-motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal skills to fill Lifeguard/Instructor positions at the new Community Centre. Successful candidates must have superb communication skills and are team players who are available to work a variety of shifts including weekends and evenings. If you are a minimum age of 17 and have the following qualifications, we would like to hear from you: National Lifeguard Service certificate Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certificate CPR Level C (current within one year) Lifesaving Instructor certificate (considered an asset) BCRPA Aquatic Fitness certification (considered an asset) ¾ Excellent physical condition ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾

If you have the necessary qualifications, can work a flexible schedule, and are self-motivated please submit a cover letter, resume and copies of all certificates to:

The City of Penticton, Human Resources 171 Main Street, Penticton BC V2A 5A9 apply@city.penticton.bc.ca Quote Competition #12-09E We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position and advise that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Auctions BIG M Auction Sat Feb 25, 11am, 5765 Falkland Road, Falkland. BC, Antiques, collectibles, tools, household goods, gift ware, saddles & tack and much more. Consignments Wanted. Pictures on website. www.bigmtack.com Click on Facebook. For more info call 250-379-2078,604-850-4238

Farm Equipment 245 Massey tractor with front loader & sprayer, lots more equipment, (250)490-3356,call after 5pm

PENGUIN MFG. HOT TUB COVERS. 250-493-5706

Pets & Livestock

Feed & Hay 800 lb round bales: this years grass hay $50./bale, last years grass hay $25./bale. Shavings & Sawdust available 250-804-6720 HAY FOR SALE; Grass or Grass Alfalfa mix, Round bales $70 each, approx. 800lbs. Large square bales, 3x3x8, $160/ton. Delivery avail. on larger orders. 250838-6630 *HAY-SALES-GUARANTEED Quality Grass, Alfalfa, Mixed square bales, round bales & Silage bales. Delivery avail. (250)804-6081,(250)833-6763. McLeery Ranch, Alfalfa/Alfalfa Grass small squares, Haylage $45., Dry Rounds $50., Armstrong. 1- 250-546-0420

Livestock Shavings Friendly service from Summerland since 1972 Les Porter 250-490-1132 SPRING LAMBS - order now. Ready Aug. Call (250)4976049. steel panels, gates, round pens, etc. for horses/cattle, terms, OAC, (250)497-5747

Firearms REMINGTON Rebate Round up at The Best Little Gun Shop Around, Weber & Markin. 4-1691 Powick Road Kelowna 250-762-7575 Tues-Sat 10-6

Firewood/Fuel WANTED Applewood, will buy as rounds/logs, or can remove trees for wood. 604-970-4041

Furniture ALWAYS Buying quality furniture, tools & household goods. Western Star Auctions, 161 Ellis St. Penticton. 250-492-3203 Check out weekly auctions. www.westernstarauctions.com Memory Foam Mattress 8” Queen. New, still in package. Worth $990. Must Sell for $375. Call 250-307-3236 or 250-550-6647. Can deliver Palisades recliner brown leather couch & loveseat, Canadian made $2000. or sell separate; Table w/built-in leaf 6/chairs $400.obo; medium oak corner curio cabinet, 5 shelves, $250.; (250)503-6172

Heavy Duty Machinery

Shih-Tzu puppies, 1 males, 1 females, black & white. phone 1(250)547-8974

Will pay cash for oversized scrap steel, cats, yarders, saw mill equipment, farm equipment, etc. All insurance in place to work on your property. 250-260-0217

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Merchandise for Sale

BUILD YOUR CAREER WITH US Tolko Industries Ltd. is currently seeking a Payroll Administrator to join our team in Armstrong, BC. Tolko is a forest products company with marketing, resource management and manufacturing operations throughout Western Canada. A career with Tolko means working in an environment that encourages personal and professional development. QUALIFICATIONS: • The successful applicant is required to be a selfstarter with excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. • The ability to pay keen attention to detail is essential and the candidate must have working knowledge of computer programs. • The incumbent must be able to operate in a team environment and manage relationships with a various hourly and staff personnel. • Completion of a CPA designation. • Preference will be given to candidates with previous payroll administration experience and industry related experience. Our tradition of excellence is built on strong company values, a challenging environment, and continuous development. READY TO APPLY YOURSELF? We are an equal opportunity employer offering excellent pension and flex benefit programs. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity and being part of our community, please visit our website at: www.tolko.com and submit your resume by March 9, 2012. We thank all candidates for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Penticton Western News Friday, February 24, 2012

Merchandise for Sale

Heavy Duty Machinery A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges / Equipment Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63’ & 90’ Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Small forklifts / F350 C/C “Cabs”20’40’45’53’ New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & StorageCall 24 Hrs 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com

Medical Supplies SHOPRIDER Mobility Scooter & Powerchair Dealer. Free in home demos. Stairlifts & Platform Lifts, Kelowna: 250764-7757 Vernon: 250-5423745 T-free 888-542-3745 www.okmobility.ca

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Weber & Markin Gunsmiths Quality Firearms Buy & Sell at The Best Little Gun Shop Around, 4-1691 Powick Rd Kel 250-762-7575 Tues-Sat 10-6

SINGLA HOMES 250-490-1700

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207-1410 Penticton Ave. 2 bdrm apt. $900 incl. utilities 296 & 298 Maple Street Townhouses 3 or 4 bdrm - 2½ bath. Ask about our incentives! New Mgmt! 250-490-1215 2 bdrm Reno 575 Eckhardt F/S w/D

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HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? Ivory wedding dress, can be vintage or modern look, Size 6-10? $400, black frame, glass top rectangular table, $85, (250)492-0068 Moving Sale, everything must go, piano, oak desk, outside furniture, bedroom suite, etc., (250)493-7816

Misc. Wanted PRIVATE Coin Collector Looking To Buy Collections, Olympic Silver & Gold Coins, Also Buying Bulk Silver Coins. Call Chad at 250-863-3082.

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Duplex/4 Plex Great starter or vacation home, new 2bdrm, 1.5ba, 6appl, central air/heat, 2 blocks from beach, close to schools, downtown, SOEC, $235,000, 250-488-2471

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Near IGA and Hospital, 1 bdrm apt w/newer flooring, balcony, f,s coin-op laundry. Avail. NOW (KBD204) 55+ grd flr unit across from library, f,s,w.d a/c covered parking, extra storage, 1yr lease req’d. Avail. NOW (Ot451) $300 reduction on 1st months rent if one year lease is signed. Top floor 2 bdrm condo, 1 bath, laminate flrs, balcony, elevator, coin-op laundry. Avail. NOW (A360) Downtown, large 2 bdrm, grd flr, f,s, coin-op laundry, bike shed, patio. Avail. NOW (SHM) 55+ 1 and 2 bdrm apts near downtown, hardwood floors, f, s, a/c balcony, includes heat & cable. Extra storage. Avail. NOW (WT) Grd flr 2 bdrm suite, laminate flrs, f,s, 1 bath, shared laundry, mth to mth rental. Avail. NOW (H743-2) 2 bdrm top flr of walk up, f,s, balcony, heat and hydro included, extra storage insuite. Avail. NOW (WGA304) Near OK Beach, 2nd flr walkup, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appl, balcony, extra storage, gas fp. Avail. NOW (A350) Grd flr, 2 bdrm condo, 6 appl, laminate flrs, sec’d parking, close to Safeway. Avail. NOW (A425) Lakeshore 3 11th flr, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, exec condo, north west facing, view of lake and mountains. Avail. March 1 (OT371)

Mobile Homes & Parks FACTORY DIRECT WHOLESALE modular homes, manufactured homes, and park models. New homes starting as low as $37,209, 16 wides $49,183, and double wides $70,829. www.hbmodular.com or 877976-3737 The Home Boys.

Open Houses Townhouse for sale, Open House, Sat. Feb. 25, 12-3pm, 2bdr, 2ba, level ent, 104-654 Pickering St.55+ complex 250492-8878 or more info www.comfree.com #281555

Townhouses Townhouse for sale, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, garage, heat pump & a/c, newer appliances, new hot water tank, close to shopping. $197,000.(250)490-0553

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2 bdrm + den in four plex, f,s,d/w, w.d, fp, central air, unfin bsmt, near school. Avail. NOW (H691-1) 2 bdrm + den house near IGA and schools, 1 bath, f,s, w.d, fenced yard. Avail. Feb. 15 (H608) 3 bdrm upper or lower duplex, 1 bath, 5appl, laminate flrs, recently updated. Avail. NOW and April 15 (H721-1/2) Near schools, hospital and shopping, Recently reno’d, 3 bdrm, f,s, w.d, deck, large yard. Avail. NOW (OT429) Near Uplands School, 2 bdrm reno’d home, basement, 2.5 bath, large yard. Avail. NOW (H552) Freshly painted, new laminate floors, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, double carport, large deck, f,s, d.w, w.d. Located in Skaha Estates Avail. NOW (OT440) $500 reduction on 1st months rent if one year lease is signed. Large 3 bdrm house, with in-law suite, single garage, 2.5 bathroom, f,s,d/w, w.d. Avail. March 1 (H656) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

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

1 & 2 bdrm, newly reno’d suites. Secured access, util incl, near hospital, bus route and close to all amenities, n/p, n/s 250-938-7146 1 & 2 bdrms avail. immed & Mar. 1, newly reno’d, $650$800, central Penticton, water incl., (250)493-4903 to view 1BDRM & 2 bdrm, close to DT, in suite laundry, $750/mo & $850/mo, 250-809-0276 1 bdrm, 803 Fairview, close to DT, in suite laundry. $675/mo. Call Jenny at 250-493-4372 1 bedroom condo, 6 appliances with A/C. Pet friendly. 5 min. walk to college and shopping! 825/mo. Util. included Avail. Mar 1st. 250-488-2357 or 250-462-0244 1 BEDROOM Condo for rent. Avail March 15. $650/month. Close to shopping, steps from Skaha Lake. No pets, No smoking. Call Scott at 250462-2274 to view. 2-1 bdrm lofts $750/mo, 1 unit reno’d. Tiffany Gardens, 3140 Wilson. Jim 250-492-0413 2bdrm, 2ba, 6appl., AC, ug prkg., ns, np, ref req., $925, (250)493-0749 950sqft, 2bdrm, grnd fl in 4plex, quiet, ns, np, $790, (250)492-2006, 250-809-8952

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(250) 770-1948 101-3547 SKAHA LAKE RD. Skaha Pl. 1 Bdrm, f/s, a/c, secure building & Pent. Ave. 1 & 2 bdrm, F/S, W/D, A/C, storage, carport pkg. $72500 & $77500 incl. pking. Avail. Now $62500 incl. water water Downtown: 1 bdrm/bach, F/S, A/C, decks, Van Horne. 2 bdrm hse, F/S, W/D, garage. incl. pkg. $60000-$64500 incl. util & cable Pkg. No pets. Avail. April 1 $90000 +util Property Management

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2bdrm, 2ba, Penticton, quiet building, luxury, 6app, ug park, ac, $1050+electric, small dog ok, ns, 250-497-8864, 250488-6528 3rd fl, corner w/balc, 2bd, 2 full bath, 6-appl, inste laundry, a/c, blinds, secure ug prkg, ns, np. refs & DD avail now, 250-4965465 FURNISHED or un-furnished apt for rent in Princeton, Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets., rent starts at $500/mo., Call 250-295-1006 leave a message. KEREMEOS, newly renovated 2bdrm, large deck and yard, great view $700+ util., call 250-809-1185, 250-488-8035 LARGE 1 & 2bdrm apt. for rent. +40 bldg, $750 & $850 +util, ref’s req. 250-487-1136 Seeking long term tenants for 1 & 2 bdr apts in a clean, quiet n/s bldg, elevator, near Cherry Lane, n/p. Prefer semi-retired or retired.$600-$725+utils.250492-4265.

3bdrm, 2.5ba w/garage, ns, all appl., ref’s req., $1000+util., (250)499-7877, evenings 4bdrm house, family rm, living rm, 3.5ba, np, ns, $1500/mo., avail. March 1, 250-488-4882 CLEAN, BRIGHT RANCHER steps to beach. Avail March or April 1st. 2 bdrm, full bath, sunroom for den, dining or office. propane gas F/P in living rm. full laundry rm, all appls, all newer laminate flrs throughout, lrg yard, detached garage, sprinkler system. Fintry is off Westside Rd, approx. 35/40 min to Kelowna. A beautiful lakeside community surrounded by Lake Okanagan, park, falls, trails. N/S, pet neg. Call Kristi at 1-604-862-8039 or e-mail at kristip@telus.net Family Home in Penticton for rent near Walmart. 4bdrm, 2.5 ba 2400sqft., 5 appl., single garage, non-smoker, no pets,. Avail. now for $1600/mo.+ util, $800 damage deposit. Phone 250-497-2038 in evening, for apt to view. For Rent 2300 Sq. Ft. 4 bedroom log home located in the Twin Lake area on 11 acres. Fenced and cross fenced for horses. Contact Irv Wood at 778-931-0051 for more details. Private 2+1bdrm, 2ba, full basement, partial lakeview, garden area, adult, ns, np, $1300+util., (250)492-4558 SUMMERLAND - Small, older, two bedroom house in downtown area. Ideal for single/couple. NS/NP/ND c/w Fridge/stove. $750/mo util. Avail. April 1 References required. 250.494.1537.

1 BR grnd flr, country, bright, priv entry, 15 min to Penticton, suitable for quiet single or

Summerland: Large 1 bdrm apt for rent. F/S. Ref’s req’d. NP, NS, ND. More info call 250-498-4370.

Commercial/ Industrial 1200 sqft or 800 sqft, shops in industrial area, 3-phase power, o/h doors, (250)492-8324, 250-809-0728 2 MONTHS FREE RENT on 1024 sqft., 2148 sqft., 2280 commercial/whse/ office spaces avail. on Government St in Penticton FREE local use of moving truck for move-in, FREE advertising on LED road sign call 250-493-9227 APPLE Plaza 770sq.ft, suited for food related retail business, also 2300 sq.ft. available. Call Barbara 250-492-6319

Duplex / 4 Plex 2bdrm 2ba unit, laminate floors, central location, private parking, cat ok w/deposit, $900, 250-488-7902 new 2bdrm, 1.5ba, 6appl, central air/heat, 2 blocks from beach, close to schools, downtown, SOEC, ns, pets neg., avail. Mar. 15, $1000+util., 250-488-2471, 250-497-6399 Penticton downtown, lower 2 bdrm+den, all appl. patio, fenced yard, new paint & updates. $1050/mo + utils. 250770-8020, (604)533-0302 SUMMERLAND, near town, 2bdrm, 1bath, ns, np, $775+ util., (250)494-9331

Homes for Rent 1 bdrm home,Vernon, pleasant location, large workshop & garden no pets. $850. Avail now.250-542-9154. 3bdr, 2ba,Uplands area, ns, pet neg, ref req. $1000 w/o app. $1075 w/app. 250-4925931

Motels,Hotels LARGE 1bdrm suites & bachelor suites, avail for rental until May 2012. Fully furnished, utilities/cable incl., quiet location, near Mall & bus route. Call Valley Star Motel 250-492-7205 or Maple Leaf Motel Inn Town 250-498-3497

couple, NS/NP, $850 incl utilities.

Reference req’d 250-497-6889 2Bdrm, 1bath, f/s, w/d, Husula Highlands area. $850/mth incl util. 250-492-7182 2bdrm basement, 2850 Paris St., ns, np, f/s, 250-460-2703, 250-493-7190 2 bedroom basement suite for rent on private half acre in WB Penticton. 5 minutes to town. Utilities included, has own laundry facilities. Available immed, np, ns. $850 month plus $400 damage deposit. Owner lives on property. Call Lori 250-785-0886 Bright, 1 bdrm, fully furn, utils. good location, for 1 working person pref. $675 + dep. (250)493-5881 Large 2bdrm suite, 1st floor, laundry, priv. entrance, across from Penticton Convention Centre, avail. now, np, ns, $850/mo.+util, 250-494-8741 new 2bdrm bsmt,Wiltse area, w/d, $900 util. incl., np, ns, avail. immed., (250)493-8961

Suites, Upper 1BDRM+ Den, 575 Wade Ave East. $750, Avail. Mar. 01. Call Jim 250-492-0413

Townhouses 3bdrm, Baskin Gardens, reno’d, paint, f/s/w/d, fenced yard, large storage room, close to school, kids welcome, 1 small pet, $1050/mo (250)490-9082 PENTICTON 3 Bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls. NP, NS. $1150, avail Mar. 1. Chateau Village. 250-493-5497

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Office/Retail 1000-1500sq’ of Industrial/ Commercial Space for lease compounded yard w/security cameras, overhead doors. Warren Ave. 250-765-3295

Used Tires, Huge Selection of used tires and 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

Rooms for Rent Room for rent, no drugs, parties, heavy drinking, clean & quiet, cat okay, $500/mo., (250)486-4994 room, quiet, clean, sober, NS, no guests, good location, share kitchen, bath, disability welcome,$395. (250)493-5087

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February 24 ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has Okie Dokie karaoke 6:30 p.m. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Centre has Friday night dances with Buzz Byer at 7:30 p.m. $5 per person. All welcome. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Entertainment by Affordable Music at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome to their hall at 1197 Main St. SENIORSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; COMPUTER CLUB meets at the Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Members drop-in from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the main hall. PDSCL has bingo at 1 p.m. in the Leisure Centre on Winnipeg Street. Call Tarra at 250490-0200, ext. 1 for more information. SOUTH MAIN DROPIN Centre has Tai Chi Chuan at 10 a.m., cardio dance at 11:10 a.m., new beginner line dance at 1 p.m. ANAVETS HAS KARAOKE with Jack and Owen at 6 p.m. AL-ANON MEETS AT the Oasis United Church at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd.

from 6 to 7 p.m. For info call 250-490-9272. FUNTIMERS BALLROOM DANCE Club meets most Fridays upstairs at the Elks Club on Ellis Street from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more info please contact Brian at 250492-7036 or visit www. funtimers.bravehost. com. LEGION LADIES AUXILIARY has a pork loin dinner with all the trimmings for $8 in advance in the hall at 502 Martin St. and $10 at the door at 5:30 p.m. Call 250492-8139. CRITTERAID HAS ITS fourth I Love Animals banquet at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children. Door prizes and silent auction. Event at Lakeside Resort. O KANAGAN F ALLS LEGION has a meat draw at 5:30 p.m.

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RCMP responded to the following property crime reports within the city of Penticton in January 2012: 17 vehicle thefts – On January 6th a complainant reported that a male was attempting to steal a forklift from a construction site on Alberni St. The male fled on foot when a witness noticed him and called police. A Kenworth truck stolen from Fairview Rd. was also located near the scene. 27 thefts from vehicles – Police responded to several reports of vehicle thefts and break-ins in the West Bench area in January. Suspects are using a tool to punch door locks and enter the vehicles, where they appear to be targeting electronics. In some cases the suspects have also used a tool to punch the ignition in order to attempt to steal the vehicles. Police continue to investigate these incidents. 7 commercial B&Es – On January 11th a 37 year old male was located near Ellis St. in possession of break-in tools. He was arrested and charged. The charge was stayed in court but the male did plead guilty to a separate incident involving a B&E to Keldon Electric in 2011. He was sentenced to 12 months probation. On

On January 25th RCMP responded to an alarm call at the Villa Rosa restaurant on Westminster Ave. Two suspects had gained entry by smashing the front door glass then proceeded to steal alcohol from the bar area before departing. RCMP continues to investigate. 5 residential B&Es 3 robberies – On January 15th an employee of Jester’s Beer and Wine Store reported that an unknown male and female had entered the store, that the female had stolen a bottle of alcohol and that the male had threatened the employee with a knife when confronted. Both suspects fled in a waiting pickup truck. On January 19th a victim reports he was walking home from the downtown area when he was confronted by three unknown males who were wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered. They demanded his wallet and when the victim advised he was not carrying one they assaulted him. The victim managed to fight them off and the males fled the area. Police continue to investigate these incidents.

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

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VIPASSANA and discussion group meets Tuesdays 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Centre has cardio dance and novice bridge at 9:15 a.m., sing along at 10:30 a.m. Also a home-cooked meal served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., partner bridge at 12:45 p.m., knitting and crocheting at 1 p.m. 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 HAS KARAOKE with Hazel at 7 p.m. THE PEACH BLOSSOM Chorus has Step Out, Have Fun, Come Sing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Shatford Centre. S OUTH O KANAGAN TOASTMASTERS meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Best Western in Osoyoos. Become a more confident speaker. Call Corinne at 250-6890676 for details. TOPS B.C. 4454 has weekly meetings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 445 Ellis St. Ring at the back door on the lane, the meetings are downstairs. Phone Susan at 250-496-5931 or Fran at 250-490-3927. VICTORY CHURCH OF Penticton has a weekly men’s breakfast Bible study Tuesdays at 6 a.m. at Gathering Grounds Cafe at 756 Eckhardt Ave. AL-ANON for friends and family of alcoholics meets at 10:30 a.m. at 2800 South Main St. and 6:45 p.m. at 431 Winnipeg St. Call 250490-9272 for information. SENIOR’S COMPUTER CLUB on 439 Winnipeg St. has membership information at 10:30 a.m. in the computer annex room. MENTAL WELLNESS CENTRE has individual support for family members in Summerland from 10 a.m. to noon at 13211 Henry St. P E N T I C T O N PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB welcomes all photographers for slide shows, speakers, tips and networking every fourth Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Penticton Museum. More info at pentictonphotoclub@ gmail.com. $5 drop-in, $50/yr. 890 WING OF South Okanagan Air Force Association gets together for a gab and coffee every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at 126 Dakota Ave. OKANAGAN CALEDONIAN PIPE band practises from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Legion hall on Martin Street. All are welcome. ELKS CLUB ON Ellis Street has crib at 7 p.m. NOONERS MEETING AT 8 p.m. at 431 Winnipeg St. and young person’s group at 7:30 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. Call/ text Guy at 250-4602466 or Niki at 250460-0798. B ETTER B REATHERS CLUB meets at 1:30 p.m. in the Alliance Church at 107 Brandon Ave.


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