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NEW TOURISM BOARD A COMPROMISE SOLUTION Steve Kidd

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POINT OF VIEW — Meghan MCafferty gets a different perspective on the world from this vantage point on the playground equipment at Queens Park Elementary School during a special youth day camp organized by the Penticton parks and recreation department.

While the new tourism board is being touted as receiving broad support from the tourism community, some Penticton councillors are saying that the city was forced to accept it as a compromise. “Here I come to a place where I am not going to make people happy,” said Coun. John Vassilaki as he moved that council re-ratify the decision to accept the new governance structure made public last week. The contract to handle Penticton’s tourism marketing and visitor service will be awarded to a new group, Penticton and Wine Country Tourism. It will be governed by an 11-member board of directors, with six members already appointed by the Penticton Hospitality Association who are the major backers of the proposal. The other ¿ve directors represent the broader tourism community, including a representative from the city. All staff currently working in tourism marketing and the visitor centre will be rolled into the new entity, with current marketing manager Jessie Campbell being promoted to CEO of the new tourism committee to lead the creation of the new organization. Nearly 75 tourism operators attended two meetings Friday where the new governance model was presented and, according to Campbell, received broad support. Vassilaki, however, has concerns about the makeup of the board, and how the proposal came about. He has faith that Campbell will be able to handle the position as CEO for the new tourism committee, but feels the board of directors may be lopsided. “Her destiny is controlled by the six members of the PHA,” said Vassilaki. A previous deal with the Penticton Business Development Group collapsed last month after the PHA voted against allowing the new group to handle the $425,000

fund generated by the additional hotel room tax. The PHA expressed concerns that they were not consulted about the PBDG deal, but Vassilaki said they knew since late last summer the process was going forward and had not voiced any concerns during the proposal process or put forward a proposal themselves. “Once the city chose the appropriate group, all hell broke loose,” said Vassilaki. “They held city council hostage for the two per cent room tax. The PHA began to derail what city council had put together with the PBDG.” Vassilaki complained that because of the pressure from the PHA, the contract is being awarded arbitrarily, when all others who get contracts from the city all go through the regular process. “This group, along with others, made city council look like fools by giving us an ultimatum, either their way or the highway,” he said. While other councillors supported some of Vassilaki’s comments, they said the 11th hour proposal was the best way forward for the city, with the major tourist season coming up fast. “We have to move it forward, any further delay would have meant a loss for all of us,” said Coun. Judy Sentes. For the ¿rst year, the other ¿ve directors will be appointed, by Campbell and the six members already appointed by the PHA, working through expressions of interest from targeted tourism sectors. “Next year will be a full election for all 10 positions, with the exception of the city representative,” she said, adding it will probably be a couple of weeks before they can announce the full board. Mayor Dan Ashton said this was a challenging decision for council, though he is happy to see a resolution that was driven by the city’s tourism community. “Tourism comes ¿rst in the city of Penticton. We have to pull together. Is this the perfect scenario? Time is going to tell.”

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NDP critic says Liberals made rash decision on park Mark Brett

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With a provincial election a year away, the B.C. New Democrats are not saying yet if they will support a national park in the South Okanagan/Similkameen. This week, the party’s environment critic Rob Fleming accused the Liberals of shortsightedness by closing the door on the matter but stopped short of backing the plan. “I think it was really regrettable and heavy handed the way that Terry Lake unilaterally pulled British Columbia away from the table, from discussions that were about a feasibility of a national park without telling anybody,” said Fleming. “The environment minister closed doors and avenues that could potentially help not only address economic development issues and drive a positive outcome that pleased all stakeholders but turned his back on a strategy to help endangered species survive in British Columbia.” Previously Lake said the government was very much aware of the sensitive nature of the area but there were other ways of protecting it without going the route of a national park. About his party’s overall position Fleming said, “I think we’re in favour of talking and seeing the feasibility work — I’m talking about the entire process — concluded because there has been an awful lot of time, money and expert opinion spent in the process.” The minister ¿rst indicated the government would not support the park in December of last year. A month later a notice appeared on the Parks Canada website stating without provincial support the project would not go ahead and it was withdrawing from public engagement of stakeholders. At the time, Lake felt there was not enough public support from those living in the region near the proposed boundaries to warrant

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A CANADIAN HELICOPTERS aircraft skims the hilliside in the area near Keremeos where the national park was being considered. The project is currently stalled however there is an on-going effort by several organizaions to get the province to change its mind.

I think it is very shabby treatment the way Terry Lake has acted. — Rob Fleming

further action. Both groups agreed if circumstances changed in the future the issue could be revisited but that now appears unlikely before the 2013 spring election. The only of¿cial work currently being done is a federally-funded, $200,000 feasibility study by First Nations bands including those who initially were against the park concept. “These are First Nations leaders

and band councils that have been working hard and who have a position that has changed over time, and also invested money in economic studies, they were left in the cold as well,” said the government critic. “I think it is very shabby treatment the way Terry Lake has acted.” Repeated attempts to contact Chief Rob Edward of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band about

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At least two regional directors took exception to comments made by Fortis representative Bob Gibney, who addressed the Environment and Infrastructure Committee at the regional district on Mar.15. Gibney was there to speak to the committee about Fortis’ planned gas pipeline twinning between

the progress of the study underway were unsuccessful. Meanwhile the environment critic’s comments came at a time when several reports have surfaced about the impending closure of the Parks Canada Penticton of¿ce. There have been conÀicting comments about whether the federal government should continue its work in the area or shut down entirely. Park opponents say too much money has been spent already and those in support feel a change in heart by the Liberals or new government could open the doors again. Parks Canada of¿cials would not return phone calls about the of¿ce closure or possible time line involved if it were to take place. “The possible closure of the Penticton of¿ce of Parks Canada and resulting job loss is unfortunate,” said

Kingsvale and Oliver. He told the board that B.C. had “lots of gas all of a sudden” due to use of fracking technology. Both Area C director Allan Patton and Area D director Tom Siddon took exception to the controversial practice of fracking, noting coalbed methane concerns in the Similkameen. It was suggested by Siddon that Fortis practice more sensitive public relations, especially in light of the recent controversy

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Marji Basso, who will be representing the NDP in the provincial riding of Boundary Similkameen next election. She agreed with Fleming about Lake’s decision being premature and the ¿ndings of an earlier feasibility study be made public something both sides have requested. “I am encouraged by the aspect that the local First Nations are continuing to carry out their own feasibility study, and look forward to their ¿ndings in the fall,” she said. “This is very contentious and is de¿nitely going to be an election issue. It’s quite bipolar in this area, there’s not many people who are in the middle, they are either for or against.” Now with Parks Canada out of the loop in terms of public presentations, the Vancouver-based Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has stepped up to the plate. The organization recently completed a series of ¿ve meetings throughout the region including Penticton. Three more sessions are scheduled for next month including two on April 3 in Princeton at 11 a.m. and Cawston Hall at 7 p.m. The third is in the Okanagan Falls Community Centre the following day at 7 p.m. Penticton city council also received correspondence at this week’s meeting requesting its endorsement of the park plan. Director Mike Meheriuk of the Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society made the request indicating representatives from his group are scheduled to meet with Lake and tourism minister Pat Bell at the end of the month. The goal is to urge the ministers to restart talks. Meheriuk suggested an email be sent to Bell outlining the economic and tourism bene¿ts of the park to this region and included a list of those items from CPAWS as a guideline. Council tabled the matter for further review.

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Man denied faint hope by jury Kristi Patton

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Robert Nicholson was denied his application for an early parole for two murders he committed almost 18 years ago. The Keremeos man applied under the faint-hope clause and was put before a jury at the Penticton provincial courthouse. After two weeks of listening to the hearing evidence, the jury deliberating on Friday decided to not allow an early parole for the man. Nicholson can apply again in two years. In 1994, Nicholson pleaded guilty to the murder of Alfred Vass and Paul Dugus, who he beat to death with a baseball bat. He was sentenced to 25 years in jail. During the two-week hearing, the court heard victim impact statements from some of the family of the murdered men. Defense lawyer Donna Turko admitted to the court that Nicholson had not been an ideal inmate when he ¿rst entered jail, getting in trouble for smoking marijuana. Turko claimed the longer a person stays in prison the harder it is

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for them to become a productive crime-free person when they are let out. She said Nicholson had “come a long way from the violent 20-year-old he was.” Turko described the teenage Nicholson as a person who was depressed, abused drugs and alcohol and suffered from paranoia and trauma. It was explained that Nicholson took programming in jail to reduce his dependence on drugs, started volunteer work and embraced religion. Turko said this led to Nicholson being reduced

to minimum security from medium around 2007. She also argued lifers are the least likely to re-offend. Crown counsel Rob Bruneau said there is no question Nicholson bene¿tted from programming offered in jail, but the extent of that is dif¿cult to answer. He said from his perspective it is “not justi¿ed to give parole eligibility reduced from the 25 years.” Bruneau reminded the court that Nicholson had served time for an assault with a weapon charge just one year prior to the two murders. And, while Crown agreed Nicholson was young at the time, he was by “no means an innocent offender.” Crown also argued that Nicholson showed no immediate remorse for the two men he murdered and took undercover RCMP posing as members of a criminal organization to the grave sites, sharing details of the murder. Bruneau called the murders “vicious” and “brutal.” “Something you want to think about carefully when you think if Mr. Nicholson should get the bene¿t of reduced eligibility,” said Bruneau.

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HART brings help to rural health care anadians are always quick to criticize cracks C in our health-care system. But it’s times like these that we must give credit when it is due.

Interior Health’s announcement last week that a dedicated high-acuity response team (HART) based in Penticton and designed to help outlying communities is welcome news to the South Okanagan. The team draws from a pool of six highly trained critical care nurses who will always be on site, working in the Penticton Regional Hospital emergency room or intensive care unit when not on the road. They will roll out a cart of portable equipment depending on the patient’s needs, and once people and equipment are on board, a ground trip is taken to the referring facility to pick up the patient. The service can also work for transporting acutely ill patients to Kelowna. Previously the safest method of transporting an acutely ill patient from communities like Princeton, Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos and Summerland required a doctor and nurse to travel with the patient. But in those smaller regions, the doctors and nurses in question were the only people on schedule — leaving the emergency room or clinic area with insuf¿cient coverage. Now when transport is required, the HART will be called in to travel with B.C. Ambulance. Yes, rural facilities in the South Okanagan struggle with attracting and retaining specialist physicians, and the resulting shortage causes disruptions in service. Yes, Penticton is long overdue for its new ambulatory clinic because the province has not made it a priority capital project despite the health authority’s repeated — and increasingly loud — requests. Even Interior Health planners would admit that, yes, they can always do better in the provision of care. But there is cause for celebration in the arrival of the high-acuity response team, which will go a long way to easing the minds of not only patients and families, but the strains on health-care system in our rural region. That’s what you can call care with HART.

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Connecting students with jobs The noise of the teachers’ strike drowned out debate on the B.C. budget so thoroughly that one of Finance Minister Kevin Falcon’s more controversial ideas only made the news last week. Reporters dubbed it “Welfare Air.” Falcon plans a pilot program to offer social assistance recipients training and airfare if they can line up a job in B.C.’s northern energy boomtowns. Workers are being imported to ¿ll jobs there, while in Metro Vancouver and elsewhere the number of single employable people applying for social assistance is rising. Much of oil and gas work is dirty and dangerous. These days most industrial jobs involve sophisticated electronics, and the technical skill level required is high. But there are entry-level jobs going begging, and relatively high pay is offered to ¿ll positions in a short-staffed service sector in the Peace region. NDP MLA Carole James, no stranger to northern B.C., dismissed Falcon’s plan as a stunt. There are unemployed people in the region who should be offered training before we start Àying people up from Vancouver, James said.

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B.C. Views Yet I repeatedly hear from northern employers that the labour shortage is real and growing. The NDP warns that B.C. faces a future of “people without jobs, and jobs without people.” Mostly they blame the B.C. Liberals for removing apprenticeship programs from union control. I spoke with James about post-secondary needs a couple of weeks ago. She mentioned NDP leader Adrian Dix’s signature policy to restore B.C. student grants, funded by a capital tax on ¿nancial institutions. She also agreed that part of the problem is young people taking post-secondary education that

leads to ¿elds with poor job prospects. I suggested that if B.C. taxpayers are to increase their subsidy to post-secondary students, already worth about two thirds of their schooling costs, perhaps grants could be targeted to areas of pressing economic need. To my surprise, James agreed that is worth considering. This is signi¿cant, not only because it is likely to be unpopular in the education establishment. There is a good chance that James, a former school trustee, will be B.C.’s education minister in 14 months. After writing about the labour shortage last week, I was bombarded with messages from an irate Vancouver high school teacher who mocked the whole notion as corporate propaganda. No labour shortage exists, globally or in B.C., he claimed. Rather, “capitalists” of the “one per cent” have tried to “vocationalize” public education for a century, but the “people” have always “resisted.” Radical socialists aside, why would matching student aid to employment demand be unpopular with teachers? Education Minister George

Abbott offered a clue during the lengthy debate over ending the teachers’ strike. Abbott noted that for every three teachers coming out of B.C. universities, there is currently only one job available. Certainly student debt is an issue worth discussing. And most would agree it’s easier to pay off loans if one can ¿nd a job in one’s ¿eld upon graduation. Should further subsidies go to soon-to-be-unemployed teachers? No. Our education system trains too many people for what they want to do, rather than what the economy needs. And our economy de¿nitely does not need more kids taught Marxist claptrap. Further to that, a tax on banks will be popular with some of today’s students, who protested against capitalism in the occupy camps that will resume as the weather improves. Others will examine the idea and conclude that ¿nancial institutions will recover the tax from customers, and perhaps ¿nd ways to get the job done with fewer employees. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com

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waiting for school to be out, get out of your vehicle and talk to the people around you, after all your children go to school with the person’s child they are waiting for. If you really have to drive, let your child out a half-mile from school. Let them get fresh air before school. If we all did a little to quell the thirst for gas, the oil companies might take heed.

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Using this information, it was easy for unscrupulous persons to mount an electronic attack against their electoral adversaries. The question arises as to who was behind this conspiracy and the unlawful acts, and, was it more wide-spread than is currently known? There is no reason, at this time, to suspect the perpetrators were members of the Conservative Party, nor was it done with the knowledge of the party executive. Notwithstanding, there is a direct link to a corporation contracted by the Conservative Party to provide services to them during the last election, and this matter must fully investigate and the guilty persons brought to justice. A criminal investigation is obviously required; however, it may not provide all the facts due to the limitations of the law and investigative techniques available to Elections Canada and the Mounties. What is needed, is a full public inquiry with the powers of a Royal Commission to ensure Canadians that our political system is still one of the best in the world. Mr. Harper, of all people, should insist on a public inquiry, as the reputation of his party and the validity of his government is on the line, but more importantly, so is the trust by Canadians in their electoral process. Please, Mr. Harper, order a Royal Commission into this matter.

Canada ranks 10th best out of 183 countries on the 2011 index of Political Corruption Perceptions by Transparency International, lagging slightly behind the leading three countries of New Zealand, Denmark and Finland. In its report, Transparency International states, “The 2011 index draws on assessments and opinion surveys carried out by independent and reputable institutions. These surveys and assessments include questions related to the bribery of public of¿cials, kickbacks in public procurement, embezzlement of public funds and the effectiveness of public sector anti-corruption efforts.” As a Canadian and a world-traveller I have visited many of the countries listed far down on the corruption index, where daily the local newspapers are ¿lled with reports of blatant government corruption. I have been proud of the fact that Canada is one of the least corrupt countries in which to live. My smugness when discussing political cleanliness, particularly with Americans, has been removed due to recent revelations that link RackNine Inc., an Edmonton-based company contracted by the Conservative Party during the last election, sent automated robocalls with the intent to turn the tide in critical ridings across Canada. The fraudulent calls were made to persons not supporting the Conservatives, erroneously telling them that their voting place location had been changed, often to a location dif¿cult to access, while other calls were made late at night to harass voters. Confusion resulted in many ridings with an unknown number of people unable to cast their votes which obviously had an effect on the outcome of the election. Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper, whose own constituency of¿ce used RackNine Inc.’s services, denies any knowledge of this fraudulent and unlawful activity and states whoever is responsible should face the full punishment of the law. Elections Canada and the RCMP are both investigating this criminal activity, and there are calls for a full public inquiry. How did RackNine know who to telephone? It is well-known that most Canadian political parties track voters through various means, and in the case of the Conservatives, they use the Constituent Information Management System which compiles personal data of voters, including their names, addresses, gender, party af¿liation and voting history, among other things.

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Do public schools even matter anymore? Are public schools in British Columbia important, or would we be better served as a society to have separate schools run by various boards passionate about particular cultural or religious or philosophical agendas? If you and I were sitting and discussing this right now, you might well say, “That’s a red herring! The current and seemingly forever rancour between the BCTF and our provincial government is about power and inÀuence.” I wouldn’t completely disagree with you, but I would suggest strongly that we each need to answer the questions posed. If one does indeed say that a public education system is important, then it would follow that one would be able to articulate why it is important; conversely if one feels separate schools would serve better, why? Basically, I’m suggesting all citizens in this province need to do some serious thinking and listening and talking about this issue that touches all of us as surely as does our health-care system. We are blessed to live in a democracy

I’m suggesting all citizens in this province need to do some serious thinking and listening and talking about this issue that touches all of us. — Nancy Wyse

that allows and even invites dissenting opinions. As I write this I know that blood is being spilled in more than one place in this world because people are willing to lay down their lives to create positive change for their children. I am a teacher. I have taught in B.C. Public School classrooms since the ‘70s to now. I have considered my career to be both deeply challenging and immensely rewarding. The children, parents, teaching and non-teaching colleagues and administrators I have had the privilege of working with have brought me riches beyond measure. My 10month teacher’s pay cheque allowed

The saga of the gambler

Broke, disheartened and all alone, I found little comfort throwing up while sitting on a casino throne. I have no money, no job, no phone, my wife and children are gone along with our home. I was different I said, addiction to gambling could never happen to me; but here I am at the end of my gambling spree. I noticed the number for help on the toilet door, but who arrests the one-armed bandits on the casino Àoor? I realized too late that I was in major trouble, but why ask for help from those who helped to burst my bubble? I swallowed addiction as my willpower caved in and will never believe what a sinbin I’m in. I thought my willpower was strong and ¿rm, and I could gamble for fun and pleasure — never dreaming my life would change forever. Thanks to the government of today for providing different means to gamble all day. Now they have me every day. I can hardly wait for welfare day to challenge one-armed bandits with a hammer today. This letter is written for all those that lost it all and now live in distress and emotional shame on account of no will power to repel the seedy gambling government game. Tom Isherwood Olalla

Costs don’t make sense

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me and my children a comfortable, but not extravagant life. I am proud of my work and the caring, hardworking professionals I have taught beside. I am willing to take job action because I believe in public education. I want children of all races, religions, social and economic statuses to be able to work and play and learn together. This is Canada. I want children’s inequalities that occur in every classroom to be acknowledged, smoothed and soothed. If a child needs special support in learning whether it is with academic remediation or healthy sense of self or positive socialization, I want sup-

dollars, so that they can save a few. It appears to me, that with our computer age our city administration has lost the ability of common sense and logic. First a few words about the safety of smart meters. After seeing the video what smart meters do, killing of the ivy that grew around the meter location of the old meter at a threemetre radius, I do not need a study to con¿rm the hazards of these devices. But now to the logic from the experts at City Hall. The total cost to the consumer for smart meters is $3.7 million. Let’s say, the city has a down payment $700,000 and ¿nances $3 million at ¿ve per cent interest, the $3 million will double in about 10 years, this makes the cost of borrowing soar to $6 million. The cost for the city reduces, so they say from $110,000 to $24,000 total net savings of $86,000 per year. Now I divide $6 million including the interest by $86,000, this equals to approximately 70 years, to recover the cost. It does not mean that the city has paid off the entire debt in 10 years. If it takes 30 years to pay off the debt, the city will spent about $18 million in cost. This of course would also triple the years to recover the cost to 210 years in total. Our city gurus forgot that they would lay off the meter reader personnel. This would mean that at least two people (I guess) would lose their jobs. Their income would shrink to about $15,000 a year; just enough to keep their rear-end in operation. For the laid off people

ports provided. I want every child to have a sense of his or her unique capacities and what each has to share to make the world a better place. I want teachers to feel a sense of hope and pride every day as they work with their students. I want a sense that my minister of education truly understands the challenges and appreciates amazing skills and heart and hard work of this province’s teachers. It is not about, “Oh, give the teachers whatever they want!” It is about dialogue. It is not about, “Break the BCTF and we’ll be able to get something done!” It is about mutual respect. We live in a time of very real economic challenges, but we cannot afford a zero mentality right now. Who pays? We all do. And it is important to realize we will pay one way or another. If we allow one child to move beyond the reach of our schools feeling uneducated, unaware, incapable or valueless the cost is beyond measure for more than that child. Author Richard Rohr talks about What Every Good Leader Knows, a number of his points are very sa-

there will be no extra spending on consumer goods. Here the city will lose revenue from the consumer goods that these employees could have bought. After these meter readers run out of EI, the city pays their welfare cost. It may be, that these laid-off workers will ¿nd alternative employment, but someone else will lose the job that these people will take. Well I am no expert at ¿nding out the total human and direct cost to consumers, but no matter how I turn it, I can see no net savings for at least the next 210 years and I think I was quite generous in my estimate. The net cost is probably much, much higher than that. Otto Sturhahn Penticton

History doesn’t apply to Mid East

I note that Ernie Slump thinks that history can be applied to the Middle East situation. However, as philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset pointed out years ago, history only helps if an exact identical set of facts and circumstances exist today that parallel a situation in the past. He also points out that this never happens as technology advances, weapons evolve, allies change, etc. The good news is that as Gwynne Dyer, Robert Kaplan and others have pointed out, given the reality of today’s weapons, it is unlikely that another world-wide war is likely to erupt and wars will be localized as they have been since the Second World War. Not good news for the Middle East.

lient in this discussion. In closing, I offer four of Rohr’s points. I would like Ms. Clark, Mr. Abbott and my MLA Mr. Barisoff to ponder them. I believe Ms. Lambert already has. Good leaders know that every one-sided solution is doomed ahead of time to failure. It is never a ¿nal solution but only a postponement of the problem. Good leaders learn to study, discern, and search together with their people for solutions. Good leaders know that total dilemmas are very few. We create many dilemmas because we are internally stuck, attached, fearful, over identi¿ed with our position, needy of winning the case or unable to entertain even the partial truth that the other opinion might be offering. Good leaders know that wisdom is “the art of the possible.” The key question is no longer “How can I problem-solve now, and get this off my plate?” It is “How can this situation achieve good for the largest number and for the next generations?” Nancy Wyse Penticton

Besides, if one strips away the nationalities and religions involved, most wars since the Second World War have been fought over water and the land to use the water on to grow food. These days people do not usually resort to war if they have suf¿cient to eat. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on ones point of view, the United Nations has deteriorated to the point it is little more than a food distribution organization with effective UN diplomatic effort a thing of the past. I used to work out of the ILO in Geneva in the early 1960s and at lunch one day across the road at the UN building I heard a diplomat say, “At least as long as they are talking, they are not ¿ghting,” and they have been talking for a long time now interspaced with a few localized wars. I don’t think any of the parties involved really want a war involving nuclear weapons but clearly Israel has to make some concessions to resolve the current situation. What worries me is what happens when the oil revenues dry up when say hydrogen, the most abundant element on the planet, replaces oil and the Middle East countries no longer have the oil income to buy food and ¿ll their populations stomachs. As Bob Dylan said in one of his songs “When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose,” and that is what causes most wars. Brian Sutch Penticton

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Flashmob video to entice WestJet unveiled Steve Kidd

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Penticton is going to have some new internet stars, including its mayor, thanks to a video of the WestJet Àash mob that went live Monday. Posting the video on YouTube of the March 10 dance mob at the Penticton airport completes the circle of social media organizers have been building on for both this event and the extended campaign to bring WestJet Airlines to Penticton. The video of the event, with students from Okanagan Dance Studios leading 643 people in a dance on the airport tarmac on a cold windy

day — including Mayor Dan Ashton, several city councillors and staff — can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/penwestjet. The next step in the social media campaign is for everyone to spread the word about the video, according to Barb Haynes, one of the event organizers. Since early February, when WestJet announced they were considering a new regional airline, a community group wanting WestJet to consider including Penticton as one of the stops has been making heavy use of social media to get the message out. But the numbers from the March 10 event are

We had about 188,000 impressions on social media. — Barb Haynes

staggering, according to Haynes, executive director for the Downtown Penticton Association. One of her staff was kept busy posting pictures and messages throughout the

event, “We had over 25,000 posts and reposts,” said Haynes. “We had about 188,000 impressions on social media, which equates to about 30,000

people physically being touched by that event.” One photo, a group picture taken at the end of the event, was viewed more than 11,000 times after being posted. “That one got posted on the WestJet site, for another 8,300 views,” said Haynes. “Our site actually trended in B.C. for about four hours.” Couns. Andrew Jakubeit, who was part of the crew ¿lming the event thinks it will leave a lasting impression with the WestJet executives.

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“I think that’s what helps separate Penticton from the rest of the pack when it comes time for them to consider,” said Jakubeit. While the majority of participants came from Penticton, Haynes said there was great representation from across the South Okanagan and even some from farther north. “We had some individuals coming from West Kelowna, who would like to prefer to have WestJet here in

Penticton because it is easier for them to Ày out of Penticton than Kelowna,” said Haynes. Mayor Dan Ashton also challenged Jazz, the regional carrier currently Àying out of Penticton airport to expand their service and add a Calgary connection. “Jazz has provided impeccable service to Penticton with their airline, however it has been their choice to say whether or not an east connection should be part of it,” said Ashton.

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A Penticton youth was arrested after police responded to a complaint of shots being ¿red on Saturday, March 10. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said a resident called RCMP around 11 p.m. stating they observed several youth in the 1700 block of Quebec Street in possession of what they believed to be a handgun. Mounties arrived on scene and questioned the teens. “Further investigation of the youths revealed that one of the youths was concealing a unloaded .357 Magnum handgun as well as live ammunition. As a result, a 16-year-old male was arrested,” said Wrigglesworth. Police said no one was injured but investigation did reveal that several rounds were discharged in different locations within Penticton. “It was also revealed that the handgun had been stolen during an earlier break and enter. The owner, though reported the break and enter, had not reported the theft of the handgun to the police at the time,” said Wrigglesworth. RCMP said the youth found in possession of the weapon was released by the courts on March 15 with a number of conditions including a 24-hour curfew and medical treatment. “As a standard safety precaution the Penticton RCMP shared the information with the local school district since they were dealing with a serious matter which may have involved their students,” said Wrigglesworth. Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said upon further follow-up investigation, RCMP learned the handgun was stolen during a break-and-enter that took place in February in Penticton. Anyone with additional information on this incident are asked to contact Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300. Information can also be received via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-22-TIPS or online at www. southokanagancrimestoppers.ca.

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City wants to clean up eyesores with stiff fines Steve Kidd

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Faced with increasing numbers of complaints about unsightly and vacant properties, Penticton city council is considering a new bylaw that will give staff more options for dealing with recalcitrant land owners. “In Penticton, the number of vacant and un¿nished buildings has increased over the last few years,” said Anthony Haddad, director of development services. City staff have received a variety of complaints from concerned residents surrounding safety, health and deteriorating property values. The city uses several bylaws to address these kinds of problem properties, which leads to an inconsistent approach, with a ¿nancial impact to each of the city departments involved for the complaint and site reviews necessary. “There is no speci¿c de¿nition of a vacant building and the actions required to remediate potential safety and visual concerns with structures,” said Haddad. “Current measures have not been effective in cleaning up abandoned or derelict building sites.” Haddad proposed the city adopt a good neighbour bylaw, intended to take into account noise, unsightly premises and usage concerns, consolidating a number of city bylaws into one to tackle the issue. The proposed bylaw includes a schedule of fees, ranging from $130 for investigation and monitoring inspections and a $250 ¿ne for failing to register a vacant building, up to fees of $1,500 and $2,500 to register a vacant building, depending on use. It also includes, in case of a ¿re, with charging the owner all costs related to having the ¿re department attend. “I think those ¿nes aren’t stiff enough. I think if they are going to take us seriously, we have to put in something that is of consequence

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to them,” said Coun. Judy Sentes. “Then, that is more of incentive for them to address the scenario.” Haddad agreed to research higher fees before he brings a draft of the proposed bylaw before council, though he said the fee structure is limited in terms of the amount of work that bylaw enforcement and the ¿re department may have to do on the property. “All costs borne by city staff … will be passed back onto the property owners through either property taxes, or, in the worst case scenario, by the city taking ownership of these properties,” said Haddad. There are currently 24 problem sites recorded within the city, including vacant homes and building sites. The list also includes brown¿elds — abandoned industrial or commercial sites where soil contamination has made redevelopment or sale of the property prohibitively expensive. “We’re dealing with sites that we all know have had issue after issue. Owners have ignored those issues,” said Mayor Dan Ashton. “These people aren’t contacting us because they have no reason to take action on these properties, and this is a reason now for them to take action.”

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Los Dorados brings dose of mariachi Kristi Patton

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If El Mariachi Los Dorados charro suits look uncomfortable, well, it’s because they are. “The pants are a little bit tight, but that is part of the tradition as well. The out¿ts are meant to accentuate the male body. One of the guys in the group, his pants are so tight because he didn’t get measured when we got custom ¿tted suits and he has a bit of trouble walking,” laughs Diego Kohl, guitarron (bass) player for Los Dorados. “The suits can get pretty hot, but that is how it goes when you are in Mexico playing in 100 degrees. The sombrero helps and we are all about the sombrero. Some groups seemed concerned about their hair and after a song will take it off, but not us.” Mariachi lyrics speak about many things including love, revolution, the scenic beauty of Mexico and, of course, machismo. Yet, this Canadian/Mexican mariachi band has a woman as one of the members. Yamila Gonzales has joined Los Dorados to not only sing, but bring some stage presence. “We wanted to bring it as a new element for audiences and a nice surprise. It is kind of unusual if you look at some of the really big groups as it is more of a genre for guys. She has been a great addition to the band because her thing is singing and entertaining. A lot of the big groups in Mexico and the U.S. don’t really say or interact much with the audience. We want their experience to be fun, entertaining and interactive,” said Kohl. So Los Dorados especially likes it if audiences dance in their seats, sing along or even scream out a grito (the “aaayyyeee” done during musical interludes). Kohl said the band has found audiences in the South Okanagan seem to be real mariachi lovers as lots of the residents have been to Mexico and can relate with the stories and the music. Having the experience of being born in Mexico and now living in Canada has helped Kohl write his newest song, Ajijic Guapango. “I have been feeling that in the current climate down in Mexico I wanted to add something pos-

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tive to some of the discord down there. Unfortunately there is a lot of stuff going on right now and I wanted to add a positive contribution to inspire people to remember the history. The chorus means we celebrate a Mexican town with this Ajajjic Guapango. The rest talks about the landscape and my experience growing up on the biggest lake in Mexico, Lake Chapala,” said Kohl. Kohl said the most popular mariachi songs continue to be the classic, some dating back to revolutionary times. He said this is the unique aspect of mariachi. “Nowadays you get these superstar singers in Mexico that do versions of old songs and keep bringing the music back. Even amongst the younger generations of Mexicans they all know the classic songs. The music just stays alive and it is really neat when you play because you have generations of people that all know the words and sing along,” said Kohl.

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FRANCO 50-PLUS CLUB meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Drop-in program for French speakers wanting to socialize in French, including activities such as games, outings, discussions, hobbies and projects. Call Lina at 250-492-2549 for info. DESERT SAGE SPINNERS and Weavers Guild meets at 10 a.m. at the Oliver Community Centre. Members create beautiful handworks. Visitors are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member stop by or contact Gail Erickson at rgerickson@telus.net or 250498-4959. CITY PEACH TOASTMASTERS meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Penticton United Church. Toastmasters improves speaking abilities and leadership skills. Call 250492-2362 for info. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. at 431 Winnipeg St. Call Merle at 250-7708093. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Centre has Spanish conversation and carpet bowl at 10 a.m., improver line dance at 12:30 p.m., bingo and crafters meet at 1 p.m., and table tennis at 7 p.m. Call 250-

493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. TOPS B.C. 1640 meets from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Bethel Church basement at 945 Main St. Phone Betty-Lou at 250-4927623 or Liz at 250493-7997 for more information. F ALLS O KANAGAN S ENIORS ’ Activity Centre has computer classes at 9 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. and cribbage at 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. S OUTH O KANAGAN NATURALISTS Club has a meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Penticton United Church corner of Main Street and Eckhardt Avenue. Guest speaker is Gary McDougall who will provide a tour through Dinosaur Provincial Park. All are welcome. There is no admission. P E N T I C T O N N EWCOMERS C LUB has a meeting at 7 p.m. at the Penticton Lawnbowling Club at 260 Brunswick St. Stress: Beyond Coping seminar will be at the Seventh-day Adventist Church seminar room at 290 Warren Ave. West at 7 p.m. Seminar is free, but there is a small charge for workbooks. For info, contact Volk at 250-494-3044 or og1939@telus.net. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has crib at 7 p.m. Ladies Fitness and Friends at 10 a.m. at the Legion Hall. Legion Ladies Lunch bunch will meet at China Palace at 1933 Main St. SOUTH OKANAGAN I MMIGRANT and Community Services is offering free English classes. For more info, stop by the office at 508 Main St. or call 250492-6299. AL-ANON FOR FRIENDS and family of alcoholics meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Summerland United Church. Call 250-4909272. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has Joseph’s Famous Pizza from 4 to 7 p.m. Music trivia by Affordable Music. Prizes. Members and guests welcome to hall at 1197 Main St. ANAVETS HAS POOL and the 269 Dart Club at 7 p.m. and drop-in pool. ELKS CLUB ON Ellis Street has darts at 7:30 p.m. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS NIGHT group meets at 8 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre.


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March 23 ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has Okie Dokie karaoke 6:30 p.m. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Centre has Friday night dances with Dale Seaman at 7:30 p.m. $5 per person. All welcome. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Proceeds to the Silver Eagles charity. Entertainment by Buzz Byer. All members and guests welcome to their hall at 1197 Main St. SENIORS’ COMPUTER CLUB meets at the Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Members drop-in from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the main hall. Call 250-770-7848 for more information. SENIORS SINGLES LUNCH Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250-770-8622. PDSCL has bingo at 1 p.m. in the Leisure Centre on Winnipeg Street. Call Tarra at 250-490-0200, ext. 1 for more information. 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. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has a wrestling show in the hall. ANAVETS HAS KARAOKE with Jack and Owen at 6 p.m. 890 WING OF South Okanagan Air Force Association gets together

at 4 p.m. at the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave. 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. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS HAS a big book meeting and 12x12 thumper group meets at 7:30 p.m. at 431 Winnipeg St. in Penticton. Naramata group is at 8 p.m. at 3740 3rd St. In Summerland, the step study meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. Nooners meetings are Monday to Friday at noon at 361 Ade Ave. FUNTIMERS BALLROOM DANCE Club meets most Fridays upstairs at the Elks Club on Ellis Street from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For ballroom and Latin American dancing. instruction is provided on certain Fridays. For more info please contact Brian at 250-492-7036 or visit www.funtimers. bravehost.com. BEREAVEMENT WALKING GROUPS for the spring will be offered starting on Friday, April 13 until June 8 from 9:45 a.m. to noon. It begins at the Japanese Gardens then gathers for coffee afterwards at Penticton Art Gallery. For more info, contact Andrea Turner at 250-492-9071. OK FALLS LEGION has a meat draw at 5 p.m.

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acted with austerity to the late funding requests. Several directors expressed concern with Community Futures’ request for $85,000, combined with a request to several member municipalities for funding. The money is needed to operate the organization’s Economic Gardening program. “They asked in Osoyoos, and now here,” said Osoyoos director Stu Wells. “It’s double dipping. It is a worthwhile program, but we only want to pay for it

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Other directors expressed a need for the regional district to be invested in economic development, with Penticton director Andrew Jakubeit asking if any money had been set aside for regional economic development. To an answer of “No,” he replied, “Maybe that’s what we should be doing.” Wells expressed similar interest in funding economic development, again praising the work of Community Futures. Regional district board chair Dan Ashton pointed out that the request was for $85,000 for this and the next two years as well. A request for $30,000 from the Seniors Society was also viewed negatively, with Wells commenting that he was “really opposed,” adding that local help should be utilized to deal with the matters to which the Seniors Society was mak-

ing the funding request. He also noted that the society did not operate in Osoyoos. “I’ve been trying to work with them to show them how to fundraise,” added Summerland director Janice Perrino. “They have raised a lot on their own in the past.” It was also suggested that individual areas and municipalities could offer a grant-in-aid. A late request for $5,000 from Accelerate Okanagan was summarily dismissed, with several directors voicing their opinion that the representatives at the last board meeting did not make the request seriously. All three funding requests, totalling $120,000, were denied by the board. Ashton praised the efforts of Everton for his speed and clarity in the presentation of the 2012 ¿ve-year plan.


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The new face on the Okanagan College board will be very familiar to those in educational circles in town. Connie Denesiuk, a long-time Summerland school trustee, has been appointed to the college’s board by the B.C. government, with her term ending on Sept. 30, 2013. Denesiuk served on the Okanagan Skaha School District board of education for 19 years — nine of which were in the capacity of chair. She also recently ¿nished a three-year term as president of the B.C. School Trustees’ Association. “After many years of involvement in governance of the K-12 education system, I am excited to now have the opportunity to engage in post-secondary education as part of the Okanagan College governance team,” said Denesiuk. “I have always admired the strong connection between our communities and Okanagan College. Okanagan College stands out as a very responsive organization, and I am extremely pleased to join the board.” She currently sits on the Summerland Asset Development Initiative and the Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism. She’s a partner in R. Denesiuk Construction, a family business that she has run since 1980 with her husband. “My own earliest post-secondary experience was continuing education business courses, while my husband Bob worked through a four-year carpentry apprenticeship, both through Okanagan College. The result has been a construction business partnership that continues today, more than 30 years later,” she said. Okanagan College board of governors chair Lance Kay¿sh said news of Denesiuk’s appointment was “welcome.” “She brings a wealth of experience on the provincial and national scene and a well-honed sense of governance,” he said. “She also understands far better than most the intricate and vital relationship between the K-12 system and Okanagan College.” Denesiuk’s appointment came in concert with the reappointment of Tom Styffe, who has served on the board since 2010 and currently serves as vice-chair. His appointment has been extended to Dec. 31, 2015. Styffe is a resident of Okanagan Falls, and is semi-retired after a three-decade career in construction project management. He’s serving his second term as an alternate director for the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and has been active in municipal and provincial politics, including serving as a councillor for Logan Lake. Styffe and Denesiuk join appointed members Bill Cooke, Loretta Swite-Ghostkeeper, Doug Manning, Yvonne Pinder, Sunddip Nahal and Kay¿sh on the board. Elected members from college constituencies include Michael Conlin, Lianne Rozniak, students Michael Marino and Ross Saunders as well as ex-of¿cio members Jim Hamilton (college president) and Rick Gee (college’s education council chair).

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Funding protection extension brings relief for school district Steve Kidd

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The announcement of three new funding programs for K-12 education in B.C. probably won’t be much bene¿t to the Okanagan School District, but news that funding protection has been extended comes as welcome news as the district works through its budget planning process. But the district still faces problems like high utility costs and fewer students each year, a trend expected to continue until 2015. “Our district still is in funding protection and we still do have enrolment decline and we expect a funding shortfall for the next year,” said Secretary-Treasurer Ron Shongrunden. The ministry is allocating $10.7 million to help school districts introduce elements of the new B.C. Education Plan, which focuses on personalized learning, Àexibility and technology. “That is separate from districts that are in funding protection, so that is actually extra money,” said Shongrunden. A second program dedicates $11.2 million to vulnerable students, supporting items like meal and snack programs, youth workers and literacy. “That fund will only apply to districts that are not in funding protection or partially in funding protection. Our district will not see any advantage from that,” said Shongrunden. He also doesn’t expect to see any extra funding coming from the third program, $21.8 million dedicated to levelling costs based on geographic circumstances, as in sparsely populated districts. But Shongrunden warns funding protection and the small increase in funding in some areas doesn’t mean the school district shouldn’t be expecting to deal with a shortfall for the 2012-13 school budget. He points out that under funding protection, the district only receives 98.5 per cent of last year’s budget and the ministry’s $4.7 billion overall budget is only rising by a small amount, far less than the $43.7 million total for the new programs. “If you add those numbers together, you can see that not all districts bene¿t, because the entire budget only went up $4 million,” he said, adding that the amount the district receives per pupil remains unchanged. At least, Shongrunden continued, the shufÀing of money in the education ministry’s budget doesn’t look like it affect the overall amount in the local budget. “We are still getting fewer dollars than last year,” said Superintendent Wendy Hyer, summing up the changes. “We recognize that certain school districts will face challenges in the coming year, but funding protection measures will help to minimize the impact of declining enrolment,” said B.C. Education Minister George Abbott. A major problem for the school district is high power costs dealing with local power utilities, costing about $300,000 per year over what districts dealing with B.C. Hydro would pay for the same amount. After input from school trustees, the City of Penticton has frozen rates temporarily, as has Summerland. “There wasn’t an increase this year and that was a bonus,” said Shongrunden. “Summerland is just as high as Penticton is — No. 1 and 2 in the province — and they are also giving us a freeze.” Though the Ministry of Education has been apprised of the inequity, a recent letter from the ministry indicated that the district shouldn’t expect any funding relief or rejigging of the funding formula to compensate. Shongrunden said they expect to keep trying.

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“For us it’s not a lost cause. I think you will see this district taking up this cause again next year,” he said. “There is nothing saying we can’t keep going back and trying to get some relief from that. I think it’s a good rational explanation we’ve been giving, that has some merit.” There will be a chance for public input into the budgeting process, with an open meeting scheduled for April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Penticton Secondary Library. After that, community members will also have an opportunity to complete an online survey. “We will have our surveys online in the beginning of April,” said board chair Ginny Manning. “In the past couple of years, we’ve had some good ideas and input . We take all those and that becomes part of budget process.”

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You’ve got to have a ticket before it’s time to tap the keg. Organizers have seen a big demand for the 17th annual Okanagan Fest of Ale tickets since March 1, when hops and barley enthusiasts were able to buy tickets for Penticton’s beer festival slated for April 13 and 14. “Ticket sales are going very well. We’ve been very fortunate in the last six years we’ve sold

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Open family history at genealogy society Western News Staff

Finding the keys to unlock your family history could come as easily as attending an open house. The South Okanagan Genealogical Society is inviting the community to attend its open house on March 24 to show what kinds of tools are available in the search for ancestors. Scheduled for the auditorium of the Penticton Museum and Archives from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., displays will illustrate the various facets of genealogy — from the different types of pedigree charts, DNA, how family history can play into historical events. Old maps will be available for viewing. Society members will also offer information on computer software like Family Tree Maker and the Ancestor Detective that is available to all the schools. The society will also be offering books, magazines, binders and pedigree charts for sale, as well as refreshments and baked goods. Society members will be on hand to answer participants’ questions about genealogical searches. The South Okanagan Genealogical Society will also offer memberships to those interested. The society has 75 members, who are able to use the group’s resources for the annual $27 fee. A genealogy library has been established inside a room of the Penticton Public Library building, which is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It features a collection of books and newsletters that can help members guide their research. Every second Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m., mini-workshops are held on more focused areas of genealogy based on members’ needs. Admission to the open house is free. The museum is located at 785 Main St. in Penticton. For information, email corbettk@shaw.ca.

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PENTICTON JR. VEES captain Raphael Bassot celebrates a goal in a round robin match against the Fort St. John Flyers at the B.C. Hockey Championships peewee Tier 2 playoffs at Memorial Arena this week. The Vees won their first three games of the tournament, which wraps up tonight with the final game at 7 p.m. Check the Western News for more coverage Friday.

Family gets artistic in showing support for Vees Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Paint the town blue has been the big push in support of the Penticton Vees. Lance Vaillancourt has taken it to another level. He used two cans of spray paint to decorate his house with Go Vees. He also included a small tribute to his midget Tier 2 Vees team. Vaillancourt never went to any fancy art school and admits to having no artistic skills. Jokingly, he offered up his painting services to whomever wants their house painted. The reason Vaillancourt was bold in doing this without being handed divorce papers

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THE VAILLANCOURT’S got into the community spirit of supporting the Vees by decorating their house blue. Their three Okanagan Hockey Academy billet girls stand proudly near the front door.

from wife Jeannette is because they are renovating. The old siding and windows will be gone. When Vaillancourt decorated, Jeannette only thought “Oh my gosh.” Jeannette said a neighbour stopped and asked if they were crazy.

She insists her husband isn’t nuts. “It’s infectious what the team has done,” said Lance, during the intermission of Game 1 between the Vees and Chilliwack Chiefs. “I hope they continue. It’s awesome.”

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“The Vees love it,” she said. “It’s getting lots of attention. Busses slow down.” The house will stay like that until the siding comes off, which could be soon. When it does, Lance said they will come up with something new.

“I will see what my wife lets me get away with,” he said smiling. “It’s exciting,” said Jeannette. “I have enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It’s community spirit.” Lance, who coached Vees captain Logan Johnston during his first year of midget, hopes the Vees go all the way. “Having a local player as captain and the team having this success, it’s awesome,” he added. Game 5 between the Vees and Chiefs will be at the South Okanagan EventsCentreonThursday at 7 p.m. With Monday’s 3-1 win, the Vees headed into Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead.

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A red light flickered behind BCHL goalies 334 times thanks to the juggernaut offence the Penticton Vees. With most of those talented weapons leaving on National Collegiate Athletic Association scholarships next season, the Vees need to replenish the cupboards. Entering the fold for 2012-13 are Zach Stepan, Noah Henry and Evan Anderson. Anderson, 17, is the most recent recruit and hails from Colorado. He suited up for the Thunderbirds major midget under-18 team in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. The T-birds won the Rocky Mountain District Championship. Anderson scored 15 goals and collected 31 points in 39 games. His skill level is measured without the puck as he takes pride in his defensive play. “I’m playing centre this year and that means being a two-way player

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and being dependable in your end,” said Anderson. “Evan is a big kid with a power-forward frame that will excel down low in the offensive zone and isn’t shy about using his body to create space,” said Vees coach-GM Fred Harbinson. “He’s a player we have been tracking for the last couple of seasons and not surprisingly is drawing heavy NCAA interest.” Anderson said it was an easy decision once he visited Penticton. “Everyone was very welcoming, the coaching staff were great to me and everything was just firstclass,” said Anderson. “Watching their games and seeing how big their crowds were got me really excited.” Stepan, 17, is the cousin of New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan and a top prospect for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh. He is ranked 44th amongst North American Skaters in the mid-term rankings by NHL Central Scouting. The centre is described as having a good shot with great vision and excels at distributing the puck. His numbers with ShuttuckSt. Mary’s Prep School Sabres echo the scouting report. Through 42 games he has 18 goals and 56 points. The Wisconsin native is set to join the Ohio State Buckeyes in the fall

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WHILE CURTIS LOIK and the Vees worked to take a 2-1 series lead on the Chilliwack Chiefs, management is making sure they get the right players to replace Loik and company.

of 2013. “It speaks volumes for the BCHL and the Vees organization that a player of Zach’s stature has picked Penticton for his next stop in his hockey development,” said Harbinson. “Zach is clearly a player that is going to help us immediately. He

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is a two-way player, competes hard with and without the puck. Has a heck of a knack for the offensive side of the game. He is a great kid.” Stepan said the Vees are a proven team and their success speaks for itself. “It’s one of the top programs in junior hockey, the winning this year and in years past, plus their track record for developing players stands out,” said Stepan. Henry, also 17, will be a key piece to the Vees defensive core. He brings a well-balanced mix of size and speed as well as offensive punch with 29 points in 49 games, third

best amongst Sabres defensemen. “Henry continues the long line of strong skating defenseman the Vees have had over the years,” said Harbinson, who mentioned Joey Laleggia, Mike Reilly and Troy Stecher. “He will be an integral part of our teams’ defensive depth next season.” Harbinson likes his speed and is impressed with Henry’s skating ability, noting the defenceman gets pucks to the net. For Henry, it’s about what the program offers. Find full story at www.pentictonwesternnews.com.


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Curling club sweeps to amazing season him, he calls it a soft year. As the curtains close and the credits roll on yet another amazing His soft year saw him win the curling season, it is a show we not South Okanagan Skins League (conwill soon forget. sisting of teams from Peachland to Penticton was the host of the Osoyoos). His mixed team won the Okanagan high school playdowns, A division in the Bush Spiel in Sumregions 3, 4 and 7, Dominion Club merland, and if that is not enough Challenge and the Eagles Western of an accomplishment, he was in Canadian Bonspiel. ʌIn November, the ¿nals in senior men’s, the men’s the Canadian Curling Association evening league and the competitive announced that the Penticton Curl- Kim Kirkham Wednesday mixed league. ing Club, partnering with the City Cy arrives at every game comOn The Button of Penticton, was awarded the 2013 plete with his own fan club; Babs Continental Cup to be held in JanuGladish (his wife) can be seen in ary 2013. This will be the ¿rst international the upstairs viewing area watching every game curling event that Penticton has hosted. from the season opener to the ¿nals in the men’s As we hang up our curling broom, and dust league. off the golf clubs, there are so many people to The past few years Cy can be found mentorthank for their contribution to the club’s suc- ing some very promising curlers. He is a role cess. model for many of us who strive to be better As they say, behind every great club there is curlers. He helps with the curling clinics at bea team of dedicated members. ginning of the year, as well as in the junior proI would like to introduce a Penticton curler, gram. director of the Penticton Curling Club board and It is both an honour and a privilege to be covice-chair of the 2013 Continental Cup Host director with Cy on the Penticton Curling Club Committee. For many, he needs no introduction; board and to work along side him on the 2013 Cy Gladish lives a very active lifestyle. He is a Continental Cup host committee. Thank you curler, hockey player and an avid golfer. Cy. But what you might not know about Cy is he In closing, “You Got to Be There,” refers to is also a great teacher and dedicated volunteer the catch phrase for the 2013 World Financial in the curling community. Cy is dedicated to the Group Continental Cup that will be in Penticton sport of curling and to achieving personal excelJan. 10 to 13. Tickets are on sale now at www. lence both on and off the ice. His curling career curling.ca/tickets. began in his 30s. His interest in curling began The Host Committee for the 2013 World Fiwith his father, Art Gladish, who played in Calnancial Group Continental Cup is accepting apgary’s Super League. plications from those who to want to be part of Among his many past achievements, he won one of curling’s most prestigious events www. men’s zones, and quali¿ed for the provincials a few times. He was also in the B.C. provincial curling.ca/championships/continentalcup/volmixed ¿nals in 1994. Cy played for many years unteer. in the Kelowna Super League with the likes of Rick Folk. Kim Kirkham is the spokesperson for the Penticton Curling Club. When asked how this year’s season went for

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Penticton Ball Hockey League is entering its ninth season. Registration is ongoing until April 1. Registration forms are available at Game Time Sports at 500 Railway St. They can also be printed off from website at www. pentictonballhockey.ca. Payments made by cash or cheque only. The 2012 season will begin between April 20 and April 25. Games will occur Sundays between 4 and 10 p.m. as well as Monday to Thursday between 6 to 10 p.m., with earliest times going to the youth leagues.

Naude makes world cup debut

Andi Naude of Okanagan Falls represented the Whistler Academy and Canada at the FIS World Cup in Megeve, France. Naude, 16, a NorAm Cup winner, placed 16th in her ¿rst World Cup performance. Canada maintained its reputation as a freestyle nation by capturing four medals.

Spence brothers shine

Noah and Connor Spence made an impact in their respective freestyle skiing events. Coming off overall combined gold medal wins at the

GOLDEN GRIN — Joseph Traynor, right, of the Penticton Kyokushin Karate Club won gold in the Newton Invitational tournament in late February. With coach Brent Parker not far, Traynor breezed through three fights in the 81 to 100-pound category. Submitted photo

B.C. Winter Games, Noah, 14, took bronze at the junior nationals at Le Relais, Que. His brother Connor, 15, won gold at junior nationals after competing on the NorAm circuit in February. Both are to compete at senior nationals and then will return to compete at B.C. Champs at Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island.

Flag football

Penticton Minor Football Association is running a Àag football program for kids aged eight to 12 from April 15 to May 6. Registrations are due by March 30. Forms are available online and registration based on ¿rst come, ¿rst serve basis. Forms can be mailed to box 21076, Penticton, V2A 5H0, or call 250-488-0778 for more info.

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sigh. We’re not quite there yet. But this dish will deÀnitely put you in the mood, and maybe you could always wear a sundress under your sweater for dinner? For those who think that they don’t like anchovies, please give it another go. You must buy the good quality ones found in a glass jar, and don’t forget to drain well. You will Ànd the combination of the Salsa Verde ingredients create a literal party in your mouth — which is totally addictive.

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cial earlier this year — sealed with some glittering proof on Diane’s left hand. The engagement news ushers in a new and exciting year for Bonitas Winery, where award-winning wine, locally inspired global cuisine and intriguing art by daughter Teira Hopper will be once again showcased in contemporary, Mediterranean-style surroundings. When Bonitas Bistro opens in early spring, chef Colin Rayner will serve up lunch and dinner for hungry patrons in the second Áoor dining room and two large, sun-drenched patios with Bonitas wines. After a lengthy approval process, the lakeside winery now

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is seeking carriers for routes. Contact Mark in the Circulation Dept. at 250-492-3636, EXT. 219 Licensed Autobody Repair person required for busy autobody repair shop. Windshield replacement & heavy truck experience an asset but not necessary. $25-$29./hr flat rate depending on experience. Fax resume to 250-265-4022 or e-mail to kimkus@telus.net or call Kim’s Kustoms Nakusp B.C. 250-265-4012. Permanent Full Time labourer positions at Coral Beach Farms Ltd. (Lake Country). No experience necessary. Must have own transportation. Applicant must be capable of physically demanding (incl. heavy lifting) work in all weather conditions. 5-6 days a week. 8-12 hours a day beginning approximately June 10th. 2012. Work includes but is not limited to tree planting, pruning & irrigation. Pay $10.25/hour. Apply by fax at 250-766-0813 or email at jobs@coralbeach.ca PROTECTING EMPLOYEES FOR THE FUTURE. Sutco is pleased to offer our drivers a PENSION PLAN, satellite dispatch, electronic logs, 1st rate equipment, direct deposit and extended benefits. Current open positions in our Chip Division. Okanagan, Chilliwack and the West Kootenays. Also new trucks delivering in our highway division. We require 2 yrs exp. acceptable abstract, positive attitude. Apply online www.sutco.ca or call recruiting 1-888-357-2612 Ext; 233 SOUTH ROCK has positions for road construction workers, BASE - heavy equipment operators (Finish Grader Op). Asphalt - (paver, roller, screed, raker). Heavy Duty Mechanic (service truck). General labourers. Forward resume to: careers@southrock.ca. Fax 403-568-1327; www.southrock.ca.

Employment Help Wanted Seasonal Crew Leaders wanted at Coral Beach Farms Ltd. (Lake Country). Previous experience required. Must have own transportation. Applicant must be capable of work in all weather conditions. 6-7 days a week. 10-12 hours a day beginning approximately June 15th. 2012. Work includes leading multiple cherry picking teams while maximizing quality and efficiency. Pay range $16$18/hour. Apply by fax at 250-766-0813 or email at jobs@coralbeach.ca Seasonal labourer positions at Coral Beach Farms Ltd. (Lake Country). No experience necessary. Must have own transportation. Applicant must be capable of physically demanding (incl. heavy lifting) work in all weather conditions. 6-7 days a week. 10-12 hours a day beginning approximately June 15th. 2012. Work includes but is not limited to cherry picking, sorting, tree planting, pruning & irrigation. Pay $10.25/hour. Apply by fax at 250-766-0813 or email at jobs@coralbeach.ca Seasonal Sorting Manager wanted at Coral Beach Farms Ltd. (Lake Country). Must have own transportation. Successful candidates must have in depth knowledge of cherries and cherry grading, as well as a minimum of 5 years experience managing a cherry sorting room, including quality control and phytosanitary systems. Experience with Unitec equipment preferred. Applicant must be capable of working in cool weather conditions. 6-7 days a week. 10-12 hours a day beginning approximately June 10th. 2012. Work includes but is not limited to managing 100+ sorting workers while maximizing efficiencies. Pay range $28$40/hour. Apply by fax at 250-766-0813 or email at jobs@coralbeach.ca Wanted, mature woman to care give an elderly woman, this is a live in position, call (250)492-3238 Wheatgrass Cafe has at P/T position for someone who is passionate about healthy cooking and great customer service, some restaurant or food service exp. is essential. Apply in person with resume at 1770 Main St.

Home Care/Support THE Individual Placement Program, a subsidiary of WJS Canada, is currently accepting applications for a two bed Youth Care Home in Penticton. In this position you will provide structured care in your home for 2 male at-risk teens. The successful applicant will have some youth care experience and will be subject to a criminal records check. To apply please send your resume and three current references to bc-hr@telus.net or fax to 250-492-5898. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. For more details phone 250-492-2787 and speak with the Program Manager.

Medical/Dental Dental Assistant required Reply to Dr. Harvey Thompson, #22-665 Front St., Quesnel, BC V2J5J5. 250-992-3771

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Employment Professional/ Management THE Assistant Director of Care at Haven Hill (Penticton, BC) works together with the Director of Care to help guide the care team towards achieving high quality resident care. Central responsibilities include the assessment of nursing care, the planning and implementation of programs to meet resident needs, and the coordination of ongoing care education at Haven Hill. In addition, specialty knowledge in the areas of Clinical Practice Support and/or MDS InterRAI will be required to provide team leadership in these key service areas. We currently have 2 opportunities available one full-time (30 hours/week); one part-time (22.5 hours/week). Qualifications: - Current registration as an RN, RPN or LPN and progressive nursing experience and education in which leadership and administrative skills have been demonstrated. Minimum of three years work experience in geriatrics with demonstrated leadership in the specialty areas; - OR a suitable combination of education and experience. - Must be able to work weekend hours. For more information about Haven Hill, please visit our website at www.havenhill.ca. We look forward to receiving your resume along with a cover letter to HHCareers@shawcable.com by no later than Friday, March 30, 2012. Please indicate your preference for either part-time or full-time employment. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Haven Hill values Residents First, Safety, Working Together, Learning and Results. If these are also your values, we hope you will consider joining our Team.

Trades, Technical DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Laborers and Foremen in Kitimat. BC, Canada. Red Seal Preferred. Laborers will possess competency in assisting on the installation of all types of formwork, performing general labor work and placing concrete. Have the ability to correctly rig and hoist material, ability to signal, rig and work safely with cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project Please forward resumes to patton@bakerconcrete.com DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Journeymen Carpenters and Foremen in Kitimat. BC, Canada. Red Seal Preferred. Carpenters must have experience with installation of footing forms, slab on grade forms, build and install wall, column and elevated horizontal forms. Ability to layout work, off supplied control lines. And the ability to correctly rig and hoist material, ability to signal, rig and work safely with cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project Please forward resumes to patton@bakerconcrete.com

WELDERS/FITTERS required for busy Edmonton structural steel shop. Top compensation, full benefits, indoor heated work, relocation assistance. Fax resume: 780-939-2181 or careers@garweld.com.

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Excavating & Drainage Kamatsu 27 mini excavator, rubber track, blade & thumb, with or w/o operator, low rates, daily, weekly, monthly, call (250)492-0640

Pets & Livestock

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Merchandise for Sale

Appliances

Cattle manure for sale, composted or fresh. Fir bark mulch.$20 per yard on orders over 30 yards. 250-838-6630.

For Sale, never been used, Kitchen Aide 30” s/s Range smooth top/conv., $1599, Kitchen Aide s/s DW, $1349, 30” s/s range hood, $249, Kenmore F/L washer w/base, blk, $799, Kenmore F/L dryer w/base, blk, $499, Kitchen Aide s/s fridge 24.8 cf., $1699, Kenmore white 12.2 cf upright freezer, $499, all prices firm, (250)497-8235 good fridge, 4x9’ tall, 2’ wide, combine freezer, 1’x6”x9”, comb. cooler, 2x2’, $50, call Linda, (250)493-2872 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.

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Feral cat, 5 months old, need barn home, loves other cats, just doesn’t like to be handled, (250)488-7619

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Landscaping

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

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Feed & Hay Dairy quality 2nd & 3rd cut alfalfa 3x3x8 bales,test avail, Delivery avail. Shavings & sawdust available as well. 250-838-6630. 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, Armstrong. Alfalfa/Alfalfa Grass small squares, exc hay $6. Haylage $40., Dry Rounds $50.; 1250-546-0420, 250-503-8184

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

Furniture 2 china cabinets, 78”h x 30”w x 18”d, excellent condition, $75 each, (250)494-1095 beige loveseat, new cond., $125, 2 wood barstools w/backs, $30, (250)496-4031

Garage Sales GARAGE Sale!! Sat & Sun March 17-18. Great prices, clean, everything works, lots of clothes, toys, some furniture, a fridge and more. 543 Edna Ave Penticton. Just down from IGA Giant garage sale fundraiser. Sat., Mar. 24, 8-2 at Summerland Baptist Church. Antiques, toys, books, furniture, household goods, dishes, tools, etc. All proceeds to Mercy Tech Mission’s work in Mozambique

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Shavings

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40 YEARS Carpentry & Home

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

Evolution Mobile walker, tall, aluminum, weight cap., 350lbs, mint cond., cost $410, $275, (250)492-3594

Garage Sales

Garage Sales

Garden & Lawn HERBARIA Garden and Lawn. Quality landscape maintenance. Nine years experience. Call Paul at 250-4933362.

Home Improvements

RENOVATIONS Improvement Experience Decks - Siding - Fences - Sheds All Interior & Exterior Renos

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

Painting, re-paint, ceilings, finishing. Free estimates. Ref’s.Call Ed at 250-488-0414.

Garage Sale Items Wanted for S.O.R.C.O.’s Annual Open House April 29th

If you’re Spring Cleaning and would like to make a donation, please call 250-498-4251 or email: sorco@telus.net Please donate items by April 25th

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Real Estate

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Houses For Sale

Inogen One portable concentrator, $2000, nearly new 4 wheel scooter, $1800, (250)490-0349

Grand piano, upright, Bell, Guelph, ONT, 1910 Vintage, old honky tonk, good shape, $600 obo, (250)499-5337

Sporting Goods

Misc. for Sale 4 wheel shoprider scooter, big wheels, $500, (250)493-0729 CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991. entertainment cabinet with 1500W Electric FP, $1699, (4) Designer chairs, red/chrome adjustable, $400, ornate wall clock sculpture, all prices firm, (250)497-8235 Landscape Equipment Exmark mowers 21” & 26” $100 rebate Navigators $1,000 rebate. Used start up package of Bluebird aerator, dethatcher, JD mowers, Stihl trimmers, blowers etc. Call Toll Free 877-533-1010 SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info and DVD: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT. www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT

STEEL BUILDINGS For all uses! Spring deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands now! Call for free Brochure - 1-800668-5111 ext. 170.

Misc. Wanted LOCAL Coin Collector, looking to buy collections, Mint & Proof sets, Accumulations, Olympic, Gold, Silver Coins Etc. Any amount. Please Call Chad at 250-863-3082. Local Coin Collector Looking to Buy Collections, Mint & Proof Sets, Accumulations, Olympic, Gold, Silver Coins etc. Any amount. Please call 250-499-0251 PRIVATE Collector buying coins from Royal Canadian Mint. I can buy big coin collections too! Todd 250-864-3521

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Real Estate For Sale By Owner Beautiful street appeal, great location, wonderful floor plan, awesome landscaping... this property has it all. Close to schools & downtown, this home shows like new with open main floor plan featuring 9 & 12 foot ceilings, hardwood floors, spacious new kitchen with over-sized island, silgranite sink and slow close drawers. New powder room with granite counter top, tasteful window treatments, & a warm colour scheme throughout. Second level has 3 large bedrooms including private master suite with huge walk-in closet, 4 pc en-suite and french door to cozy deck. Full basement has self-contained in-law suite with separate entrance. Back yard has privacy plus a detached garage with alley access. Gorgeous low maintenance landscapin g, U/G irrigation and a covered front veranda add character & charm to this unique home. $469,900 250-4601387. www.518nelson.com

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Country living, farm friendly pets welcome, sunny Cawston, easy commute to Osoyoos & Penticton. Charming house suitable for couple, 1200 sf., Loft bdrm on 7 acres w/one other occupied house. wood stove/elec. backup, f/s, w/d. $850/mo water incl. Avail April/May 1, 250-499-5883.

RV & Boat Storage, $40/mo., fenced & secured, Penticton, call (250)492-0640

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent

Commercial/ Industrial APPLE Plaza 770sq.ft, suited for food related retail business, also 2300 sq.ft. available. Call Barbara 250-492-6319

Motels,Hotels $480 up Motel suites and RV pads . located at Penticton and Pleasantview Motel & RV park Summerland. 250-4870268

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

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PENT central, ground level, 2bdrm, 6appl., ns, no pets, 2 parking spots, storage, patio, garden, avail. April 1 $925+util. (incl. water) 250493-3141 Spotless 3bdrm, 1200sqft, 1717 Quebec $1000, Ref. Req., 250-494-5816 or 250486-3480

Homes for Rent 667 Birch Ave, 3-bdrm, workshop, $1300/mo. #119-3004 South Main, 4-bdrm, $1200/mo. #116-1458 Penticton Ave, 3-bdrm , 1800sqft, $1250/mo.Vijay 250-490-1530

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2 Bedroom + Den townhome for Rent in Penticton close to golf course and events centre. Recently Renovated, comes with 5 appliances with 1 1/2 baths. No Smoking, and 1 small pet allowed. 1200.00 Available April 1 2012 - Call 250-219-9740

Want to Rent RECENTLY retired couple want long term rental. Have 2 5yr old, small dogs, & 10yr old declawed, indoor cat. Call Ann @250-498-3861

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(250) 770-1948 101-3547 SKAHA LAKE RD. Bassett. 2 Bdrm, f/s, w/d, f/p, lrg yard with Pent. Ave. 1 & 2 bdrm, F/S, W/D, A/C, storage, carport pkg. $72500 & $77500 incl. garage. Some pets ok. $90000 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

1994 Isuzu Trooper, 4x4, auto, air, loaded, A-1 cond. $3975.; 2007 Toyota Yaris 2dr, Hatchback, 5spd, $5975.; 2006 Harley Sportster, leather bags ready to go $5,475. obo; Government Inspected Rebuilt Vehicles, Lego Auto Sales Vernon (250)260-4415 PRICE REDUCED! 2009 black Hyundai Sonata. Excellent condition. Loaded with options! Extended warranty and financing available. 111k km, $15,000 obo. MUST SELL! 250-4975191

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TOWNHOUSE: BRAND NEW 2.5 Bdrm Naramata townhouses 2.5 bath, unfin bsmt, garage, near school. Avail. NOW (Th496-1)

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Across from Columbia School, 1 bdrm lower portion of duplex, f,s, shared washer/dryer, 1 year lease req’d. Avail. April 1(OT447) Large 3 bdrm house, with in-law suite, single garage, 2.5 bathroom, f,s, d/w, w.d. Avail. NOW (H656) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

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2005 Harley Road Glide, 125K, new 95” 1550CC, upper black/grey, offers to $9300obo (250)503-5462, 250-306-3164 Honda 350 4 Tracs ATV, $1600, 2011 Honda CBR 250. Very low kms. Brand new, black. $5000, (778)476-0111 or 250-487-0373

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Cars - Sports & Imports

Townhouses

ROOM, good location, strict rules-ND, NA, NS, no guests, $395, (250)493-5087

1994 Mustang GT, auto, 5L, 1 owner, convertible, black on black on black, all leather, loaded, power everything, new tires, new rims, new brakes, new roof, new alarm system, this car looks like it did new, $9800 firm, (250)488-6093

Scrap car pick up, highest price paid for scrap cars, batteries & other metals, call (250)492-0640

Repairers Lien Act of BC Skaha Ford Inc., 198 Parkway Pl., Penticton, BC claims a Repairer’s Lien against George Toma of Penticton, BC for unpaid authorized repairs in the amount of $420.90 plus any additional costs incurred. We will be selling or disposing of a 1990 Lincoln Town Car Vin# 1LNCM81F4LY744415 and its contents at Skaha Ford on April 9, 2012 if debt is not paid in full by April 6, 2012

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT, Sedan, auto, 29,000km, grey V6, $9500 (250)545-8604

1bdrm private entrance across PCC, avail. now, $630+util., np, ns, (250)494-8741

Rooms for Rent

AVAIL APRIL 1st. $1200 mo. Steps to Lake Ok. Clean, bright 2 bdrm Rancher. Lge lot, new flooring, laundry/mud room. All appls, gas F/P, air cond, sunroom/dining or den, garage. Located in beautiful Fintry, a serene lakeside community approx. 40 min to Kelowna or Vernon. N/S, pet neg. refs req’d. Prefer long term. Call Leeann at 250-769-3065 or Kristi at 1-604-862-8039.

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Avail. April 1, 1bdrm, bath, sitting rm, meals incl., $800/mo., prefer male, (250)493-2381

Duplex / 4 Plex 2BDRM, fenced yard, 1blk to beach, 302 Churchill, Ref. Req. $985. 250-494-5816 or 250-486-3480

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1 & 2 bdrm Apt. in clean, quiet NS bldg. near Cherry Lane, Elev., 4appl., insuite storage, coin laundry, NP, $650+util., 250-492-4265 1 & 2 bdrm at 1353 Penticton Ave, updated, $650 & $750, Call Dennis @ Realty Exec (250)493-4372 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 & Apr. 1, newly reno’d, $650$800, central Penticton, water incl., (250)493-4903 to view 1 bdrm loft $750/mo, . Tiffany Gardens, 3140 Wilson. Jim 250-492-0413 1 BDRM - New RENOS Clean - on bus route, near Cherry Ln Mall - Pets OK Move in Incentives! Call Chris 250-809-0015 FURNISHED or un-furnished apt for rent in Princeton, Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets., rent starts at $525/mo., Call 250-295-1006 leave a message. LARGE 1 & 2bdrm apt. for rent. +40 bldg, $750 & $850 +util, ref’s req. 250-487-1136 large, quiet, grnd fl, 2bdrm, Pent. Ave, refurb’d in 4plex, ns, np, hydro, 40+ (250)4922006, 250-809-8952 PENT. 1bdrm, new reno 2nd flr, quiet loc, full k/b balcony lckd storage, prkg, ac elevator, $725, np, ns, 780-474-0901 Summerland studio unit, 6appl., wall bed, quiet, reliable, ns tenant, $720 (util incl.), (250)494-7488

Very cute antique mobile home for rent, 55+ park in Olalla, $750 (incl. util), 250499-9738, or for sale, can supply realtor’s viewing number

Suites, Lower 1BDRM on Wiltse, utilities incl, avail. now, n/s, n/p, ref req’d. $700/mo, avail now 250-4922908 or 250-490-1025 2bdrm, $800/mo, very spacious basement, Avail. now. 250-490-8398 2bdrm main fl suite, Wiltse area, nice quiet area, all appl., $750 incl. util., (250)493-2220 A must see, spacious 2bdrm w/view, private entrance, laundry, close to all amenities, $900+util., 250-462-2472 Brand new 2bdrm suite, private entrance, np, ns, fe Wiltse area, avail. immed., (250)486-7974 after 4pm Wiltse area, 2bdrm ground level, w/d/dw, close to school, util. incl., a/c, np, ns, ref’s req, $850, (250)493-2109 WINFIELD spac 3 bdrm gas f/p ldry beautiful country setting lakeview. NS/NP, school bus rte $1070. 250-766-0499

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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

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How much interference is too much?

Over geologic time many species have gone extinct and new ones have evolved. That is the way nature works. Right now, however, many species are in serious trouble and close to going extinct because of man’s activities. While some people argue that man is part of nature and therefore any species that we cause to go extinct is just a result of nature at work, most people take a different view and argue we should do what we can to minimize our impact on other species. Many go further and argue that we should not only minimize our impact but rather we should actively try to undo the harm that has already taken place. One local example of such

a project is the program to re-establish burrowing owls in the Southern Interior. Burrowing owls used to be common in the grasslands of the Okanagan Valley and the Merritt and Kamloops area. As a result of human disruption of their habitat, the owls declined in numbers over the years and became extinct in B.C. by 1980. A program to re-establish them in the South Okanagan was undertaken during the 1980s by capturing owls in the U.S. and bringing them to the Okanagan. Despite the signi¿cant effort and money put into this project, a breeding population was never established. More recently, a new program to reintroduce burrow-

Bob Handfield Nature-wise ing owls in B.C. began, ¿rst in the grasslands between Kamloops and Merritt and now also in the South Okanagan. Unlike the ¿rst attempt, this program breeds captive owls and then releases those into the environment rather than “importing” foreign

owls. While it is still too early to declare this program a complete success, some owls have returned after migrating south for the winters, so it seems to be working. A much more controversial program to undo a past wrong has been proposed in the U.S. in an attempt to save the spotted owl from extinction. Much has been written about spotted owls over the past 30 years or so and their need for mature old-growth forests. But, of course, oldgrowth forests are in big demand by timber companies so spotted owls have been in signi¿cant decline over their entire western range. It is estimated there are only about 10 spotted owls remaining

in B.C. although it is thought there is suf¿cient old growth habitat to support perhaps 25 to 30 pairs. Compounding the problem for spotted owls is increasing competition from barred owls, an eastern species that has been spreading west and increasing in number as forest cover has changed. Barred owls, while closely related to spotted owls, are more aggressive and do not require the same degree of old growth forest habitat. Studies have shown that when barred owls move into an area, Spotted Owls decline or disappear altogether. Conversely, if barred owls are removed from an area of suitable habitat, spot-

ted owls make a comeback. It is this latter fact that leads to the controversy — an experimental program has been proposed to cull barred owls in areas where spotted owls have been known to be present in the recent past. So it seems we have come to the point where we are culling one native species to save another (more) endangered native species. While some think this is an acceptable short-term solution to save spotted owls, others think we are going too far. It seems that no matter what humans do, one species or another suffers. Bob Handfield is the pastpresident of the South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club.

FUNDING FOR STUDENTS, NOT FOR WAGE HIKES. The BCTF is demanding a 15 per cent wage hike and other benefits that would cost $2 billion and raise taxes for BC families. Virtually all other public sector unions have settled for no wage increases. It’s unacceptable that schools are disrupted and that students and their families are inconvenienced over an unreasonable salary demand in difficult economic times. The union is making claims and demands that simply don’t add up.

BCTF CLAIMS AND DEMANDS

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The union wants more paid time outside the classroom – sick leave for teachers on call, expanded bereavement and discretionary leave.

The government wants more time for teacher training and to ensure that Pro-D days really are for professional development.

The union says all teaching positions should be selected on the basis of seniority.

The government supports seniority but qualifications must also count so that math teachers teach math, and science teachers teach science.

The union says that teachers who perform poorly in evaluations will be dismissed – ‘one strike and you’re out’.

The government wants to support teacher improvement through a standardized evaluation process.

The union says that government refuses to negotiate.

There has been over a year of negotiations and 78 full bargaining sessions.

The union says that class size limits have been eliminated.

Class size limits will remain in place on all grades across BC.

The union says that BC has 700 fewer special needs teachers.

2100 new teaching assistants have been hired since 2001. And, with a new $165 million Learning Improvement Fund, we will hire more.

It’s time to focus on what matters most in education – BC’s students. That’s why we are focused on per-student funding which is at an all time high, not on wage increases. We all want to do more to make BC’s education system even better. It’s the driving force behind BC’s Education Plan that teachers, parents and students are helping to shape. Teachers care about their students. Parents care about their children’s future.

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B.C. PEE WEE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE COMING TO PENTICTON!

Sherwood Trophy Pee Wee Tier 2 This March 17th to 20th the Sherwood Trophies Pee Wee Vees will be hosting the BC Championships at Memorial arena. The Pee Wee team has had a very successful year. They have reached the final of four tournaments, claiming the championship twice. The team is comprised of seventeen hard working and committed young men with the common goal of playing in Friday’s Provincial championship game. The tournament will feature the top nine Tier II teams in the Province.

Our city will be host to over 500 parents, players, officials and fans of great hockey. The Sherwood Trophies Pee Wee Vees are excited to be a part of this event and look forward to representing the fantastic city of Penticton. The team would like to acknowledge and thank the local businesses for joining our team in this endeavour, without your continued support this event would not be possible. We encourage all hockey fans to come on out and catch some of the great action.

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