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March is Kidney Awareness Month VOLUME 26, NUMBER 11, MARCH 2018

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Organizers of the 2017 Kamloops Kidney Walk chose Susan Duncan, a kidney donor, as that year’s honouree. Here, she introduces Lloyd Garner, who received her kidney, his wife, Gen, and their three children — Joshua, Josiah and Makayla — to the crowd prior to the walk at McDonald Park. By Gregg Drinnan Special to The Connector First . . . the bad news. There isn’t a cure for kidney disease, which affects one in 10 Canadians. Now . . . the good news. Targeted screening

is available for those with one of the main risk factors — diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, family history of kidney disease, kidney health issues, or an ancestry that is Asian, South Asian, Aboriginal,

African, South Pacific, Caribbean or Hispanic. Those three screenings are scheduled to be held at the Q’wemtsin Health Society, 130 Chilcotin Road, on March 15; the Brock Activity Centre, in the Brock Shopping Centre, on March 16;

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and the Sikh Temple, 700 Cambridge Cres., on March 17. There will be a registration table — it will be flagged Are You At Risk? — at the March 8 Health Fair at the Northills Shopping Centre, or you may register by calling Edna Humphreys at 250-3766361. Remember that knowing early on will allow you to make the lifestyle changes necessary to protect your kidney function. Meanwhile, the Kamloops Kidney Support Group is here for you, too. The group was cofounded by Humphreys, who is the executive member for the Kamloops chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC and Yukon Branch, and kidney transplant recipients Dorothy Drinnan and Margaret Thompson. It meets twice a month — on the second Saturday, at Romeo’s Kitchen, 1250 Rogers Way, and on the second Wednesday, at Denny’s, 898 Tranquille

Road. The next meetings, which are most informal, are set for March 10 and March 14, both starting at 10 a.m. Should you choose to attend, you won’t get any medical advice, but people and family members who have been impacted by kidney disease are there to exchange information, provide support and chat. In the meantime, March is Kidney Health Month, something that has been proclaimed by Kamloops City Council. • March Drive canvassers will be going door-todoor on behalf of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC and Yukon Branch. The March Drive

campaign is important for programs that support those with kidney disease. For example, transplant recipients must spend about two months living in Vancouver, and the March Drive helps provide funds for patients who need financial aid. • The Kamloops Blazers are scheduled to entertain the Vancouver Giants on March 2 at the Sandman Centre, and it will be Organ Donor Awareness Night. The first 1,000 fans through the doors will receive Don Cherry

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March events supporting kidney awareness Continued from page 1

bobbleheads, and Upper Deck trading cards and cherry lip balm will be handed out, compliments of RE/MAX. There also

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auction. There also will be representatives of the BC and Yukon Branch of the kidney foundation and the Kamloops Kidney Support Group on hand to chat and answer questions. Cherry and his family’s involvement with the Kidney Foundation goes back to 1979 when daughter Cindy, then 22, gave a kidney to her brother, Tim, who was 13. “It’s probably one of the most unselfish things you’re ever going to do in your life, and, to me, not to consider it is just absolutely ridiculous,” Cindy told Tori Stafford of the Kingston WhigStandard six years ago. • On March 8, the spotlight shifts to the Northills Shopping

Centre and World Kidney Day for a free health fair that will focus on kidney disease and women’s health. Arranged by nursing students from Thompson Rivers University, the fair will include health information booths, with numerous healthrelated agencies in attendance, as well as AED (automated external defibrillator) demonstrations and lots of door prizes. • The Kamloops Kidney Support Group also has been involved with the production of a few episodes of PLUGGED IN, the BC and Yukon Branch’s 30-minute TV show that is available via Shaw TV or YouTube. In recent months, the show

has featured the likes of Maggie Thompson; Susan Duncan, a local woman who donated a kidney; local broadcaster Hugh McLennan, a recent kidney recipient who is the host of The Spirit of the West Radio Show; Wes Vath of Acumen Machine Ltd., who has dealt with kidney cancer and is a long-time sponsor of the Kamloops Kidney Walk; and Dale Calibaba, whose cross-Canada cycling trip was interrupted by a transplant. As well, Murray Lane is scheduled to be on an upcoming episode. Gregg Drinnan was the last sports editor of the Kamloops Daily News. He continues to write at greggdrinnan.com.

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3 ways to co-create a thriving food system Editor’s note: As we are no longer able to publish recipes from our long-time contributor Shirley McCaffrey and her family cookbook, we invited the Kamloops Food Policy Council to offer a monthly column that will take a broader approach to discussing food in a local context.

By Michelle Tsutsumi, KFPC Staff The Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC), established in 1995, is an organization that brings together individuals, agencies, and governments to work towards a regenerative community food system. A regenerative community food system is one where regional food providers are supported through buying and eating locally, food is grown in a way that fosters healthy land and water, and knowledge and skills needed for growing food are shared from generation to generation. For over twenty years, the KFPC has been promoting public education on food security (helping to form eight community gardens and establish a gleaning program) and food literacy (through community kitchens and offering cooking and food preservation workshops). The KFPC also works to advance public policy on food security issues and was instrumental in providing public input into the development of

several food related plans and policies in Kamloops and beyond. Carole Hebden, Board Chair, sees her involvement with KFPC as one way she can “work towards ensuring future generations in Interior BC have a durable food system they can count on.”

does not go to waste. Fruit is picked and then the harvest is shared between the owners, volunteers and food security agencies. KFPC is also looking for volunteer support with the Seed Library and planning an Eat Local Challenge.

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Hebden feels that she is “continuously learning from KFPC staff, members and partners, so it’s easy to feel engaged and know that I am contributing back to the community I love.” There have been several workshops recently that have been collaboratively organized by KFPC and partner organizations

on topics such as growing microgreens, knife sharpening, and a range of world cuisine cooking workshops. Visit our website for workshop details and times: kamloopsfood policycouncil.com. Or perhaps you have foodrelated knowledge or skills you would like to share? If so, we would love to hear your ideas at kamloopsfoodpolicy@ gmail.com. There are so many ways to be a part of our food system, whether it be joining in a network potluck, volunteering with a food-related initiative, or attending a workshop. Engaging in the food system in these ways helps to make it vibrant and resilient.

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It was her 96-year-old step-father, Keith Moore of Barriere, that shared his story with me for the Remembrance Day edition and it was her most recent employer, Atish and Al Patel of Scott’s Inn & Restaurant that provided material for last month’s feature story about raising money for the Cardiac Care Unit at RIH. She, herself, became the subject of a story when she raised $6,300 for the BCSPCA in honour of her rescue dog Harry Ha Ha combined with (quite ironically) donating over 20 inches of her hair to cancer wigs. Proud SPONSOR to raise $500,000 to Shirley and I were friends for over 25 years and establish a CARDIAC CARE UNIT(CCU) our lives intersected through work and friends, at Royal Inland Hospital through thick and thin. I’m still trying to imagine Tickets available here for the 10th Anniversary includes soup Grand Gala Dinner at Colombo Hall on May 25 life without her, but I realize that as we get older we and dessert inevitably suffer more and more losses. 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Home Safety Assessment When Adele, who has a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, meets with Joan and Max, she conducts a Home Safety Assessment. She watches how Max and Joan get around in their home, looking for safety and comfort issues. In the end, she suggests transition strips on their stairs and a night light in the hallway and bathroom to help with vision. She recommends removal of scatter rugs, as these are the most common tripping hazard. She also suggests that, in keeping with barrierfree, universal design, a comfort height toilet (17 ½” high) be installed, along with aesthetic grab bars beside the toilet and in the bath. She agrees with Joan and Max about house cleaning twice monthly to reduce their fatigue, leaving them with energy for desired activities. Personal Assessment Adele also assesses Joan and Max for their physical status, and she reviews their medical histories. Based on her assessments, she suggests lower body exercises for Max, in order to keep up his hip, leg and ankle strength, and to improve his balance. Adele finds that, while Joan is still very strong,

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The real cost of distracted driving

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the number of accidents on the roads today. Fifteen years ago, drivers talking on cell phones caused distractions and increased crashes. Then ten years ago, drivers checking their text messages caused further distractions and increased crashes again. Five years ago smart phones came into existence and drivers can now check their email, surf the internet, take selfies and update their social media accounts.  The smart phones come equipped

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with sound notifications when anything new arrives on the device. Bad drivers have chosen to use smart phones while driving even though that causes nothing but distractions. The number of crashes has increased exponentially and now distracted driving is the second leading cause of crashes AHEAD of drunk driving. It is an epidemic and the cost to ICBC has increased right along with it. Add the costs to repair the complicated new vehicle systems and ICBC has even bigger expenses.  There are many things the government can do to readjust ICBC’s course besides drastically raising rates. Of course, that involves figuring out the best way to make the people who cause the accidents pay the price of their bad decisions.  Everyone agrees that the bad driver should be the one that pays the cost of the damage they cause. If a bad driver is busy checking their Instagram and drives through a red light, that is a reckless choice they made that endangers the other drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians on the road. Logic says that the bad driver should pay for the damage caused by that reckless

behavior. However, in the current insurance system, the bad driver does not pay more than their deductable until they have hurt someone with their third or fourth accident. They are not really paying for the damage they caused until they have continued to hurt people on several more occasions. The bad driver’s $300 deductible does not cover the vehicle damage and injuries of the people he chose to endanger with his distracted driving.  One of the proposals suggested has simply been labeled ‘caps.’ What does that mean? It means when a bad driver hurts someone, the amount the bad driver’s insurance company would have to pay the person they hurt would be capped at a nominal amount unless the injured person was injured for longer than a year. A victim would have to suffer for longer than one whole year for the bad driver to pay more to the person they hurt.  This doesn’t encourage them to stop their bad driving. Caps don’t do a thing to make bad drivers pay. It just punishes the person they hurt and keeps the bad driver’s insurance rates down. The only person who benefits

from caps is the bad driver and their insurance company – not much of a mystery to figure out who will be pushing for this change.  Any change to the system should not punish the innocent victims.  The changes should be causing consequences for the bad drivers. What if the bad driver knew that their reckless driving choice would cost them $1,000? What if the bad driver knew that the cost would double every time they caused an accident and their insurance rates would increase more quickly?  They may think twice about the importance of checking an Instagram update if they had to pay a real cost for their bad choice.  Encourage drivers to put their smart phones away and turn off their notifications while driving. Just as we did in the past to encourage seatbelt use and sober driving to save lives, now is the time for all of us to encourage good driving behavior and end distracted driving.  When you are SAFELY at home tonight and checking your social media, spread the word #distracteddrivingkills and #roadbc. Keep safe Kamloops!

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Making room where there was none When we transition people to smaller units during a move, space can be the biggest challenge. As space is such an issue it can be very hard to stay organized or to be able to bring all the treasures that people wish to take to their new smaller units. Due to this lack of space it’s common for us to recommend organizing systems to make the most of every room and storage space. What are organizing systems? Organizing systems can come in many forms from the shoe rack in your closet to the utensil tray in a kitchen drawer, but these are the ones everyone uses daily. In today’s market there are many different organizing systems because our lives and homes depend on them to stay organized. Many homes these days demand these systems as there is limited space for the way we live our lives as consumers and in homes that lack the storage space to hold our new and old treasures. A simple search online will show you many ways to get organized with organizing systems from “Do It Yourself” projects, simple stacking containers, to premade bedroom closet organizing systems or kitchen cupboard systems that can transform an existing space to make it more usable. For every room in your home there are organizing systems that can be used. The key to any system is to make the most of any given space or to make space where there was none before. The point

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Become a better investor by understanding risk

What does it take to be a successful investor? You need a variety of attributes, including patience, discipline and a long-term vision of what you want to achieve. But you also need to understand the role of risk in investing. When investors think about risk, they typically think of the various risks associated with different types of investments. For example, investments such as stocks carry market risk, which is the risk that you could lose money if you sell shares whose market price

has fallen below your purchase price. Other investments – for example, certificates of deposit – offer inflation risk, meaning the fixed return they provide may not keep pace with inflation. In addition to learning about the risks associated with various investments, it’s also important to understand the following three concepts: risk tolerance, risk capacity and required risk. Let’s consider each of them: Risk tolerance — It’s useful to know your own risk tolerance. If you are an aggressive investor by nature, you may be willing to take on a higher degree of risk in exchange for potentially higher returns. If you’re a conservative investor, you might lean toward sacrificing higher

returns for greater stability of principal. By understanding what level of risk you can comfortably tolerate, you’ll be in a better position to stick with your investment strategy through up and down markets. Risk capacity — While your risk tolerance defines how comfortable you are with risk, your risk capacity refers to how much risk you can handle based on your financial situation, goals and timeline. When you are young and have many years to invest, you have more time to overcome losses, and so you have a greater ability to handle volatility — a greater risk capacity — than someone who is retired. Also, the more discretionary income you have, the larger your risk capacity,

because you won’t be as dependent on your investment portfolio to help provide the income you’ll eventually need for your long-term goals, such as retirement. Required risk — The higher the return necessary to reach your goals, the more potential risk you’ll need to take on — in other words, the greater your “required risk.” For example, when it comes to retirement, the return you’ll need from your investments depends on several factors: your age, your retirement lifestyle, your available sources of income, your desired legacy and so on. To achieve your goals, you’ll need to find the right balance between the returns you need or anticipate and the amount of risk you are

Advanced Care Planning: The Power of Conversation Submitted by Pamela Young, Community Program Coordinator, Kamloops Hospice Association We will all die some time down Step two would be to discuss time, and should be revisited; the road and we hope that road with your family/friend(s) and when health changes, a birth of a is long and windy with many health care provider what health child, marriage/divorce etc, taking opportunities and experiences care treatment you would or into consideration that our level for living a full and beautiful life. wouldn’t accept. You can be of medical intervention may also However, that roadmap change overtime due to of life is uncertain and age, illness/health, and without initiating dialogue circumstances. Advanced Care Planning about what is important The third step would be Let’s start the conversation to us around healthcare to choose a person(s) you decisions, our families trust completely, who you and friends will be left not know could speak on your March 15th, 2018 10am-12:30pm knowing or guessing at behalf and will honour your Kamloops Alliance Church 200 Leigh Road what we would want if we wishes. This can be written were unable to speak for down, identifying the ourselves. person who would speak about your values, beliefs, Advanced Care Planning, for you with their contact and what’s important to you ACP, as defined by the information, put into a B.C. Centre for Palliative representation agreement, the conversation with family, friends and health care providers Care, as the process where video taped, etc. a capable adult talks over Start a conversation: & document your wishes for their beliefs, values and • I have heard about ACP, future health care decisions wishes for health care with what would be important to their close family/friend(s) you? and health care provider • I would really like to in advance of a time when share something I think we they may be incapable of could both really gain from. deciding for themselves. • I think this is so Talking about dying important for our family to can be a scary and talk about because… For more information and to register, contact: unimaginable concept Think about it as a gift to Kamloops Hospice Assocation for many of us, so why your loved ones. They will Phone: 250.372.1336 pamela@kamloopshospice.com don’t we shift that way of not need to guess or carry thinking to conversations guilt or regret if ever having about living well and to make a choice around focusing on what matters medical interventions which Kamloops Hospice Association www.kamloopshospice.com most and is meaningful could sustain or end life. ALLIANCE CHURCH to you. Normalizing these For more information or conversations can lead to registering for an upcoming some amazing opportunities to very specific depending on the ACP workshop, contact Kamloops open a door most of us are hesitant situation, remembering that we Hospice Association by calling to open. should all have an ACP regardless 250.372.1336 or visit the website The first step would be thinking of our current health status. We at www.kamloopshospice.com and about your own beliefs, values and could be living with a life limiting check out BC Centre for Palliative wishes and then sitting down with illness or we could have a sudden Care Or Speak up. your family/friend(s) and sharing health care crisis. These are fluid Its never too soon, but it could be this with them. discussions that may change over too late.

comfortable with. Ultimately, your challenge will be to balance your risk tolerance, risk capacity and required risk as factors in a comprehensive investment strategy. By creating this strategy and sticking with it over time, you’ll be able to make investment decisions based on your needs and goals rather than emotionally reacting to the constant changes in market conditions. Over time, of course,

your thoughts about risk may evolve to reflect changes in your life and objectives. As this happens, you will want to review your investment mix with your financial advisor, and make whatever changes are required to help you stay on track toward your long-term goals. Edward Jones, Member – Canadian Investor Protection Fund This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Advisor.

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9 choices to radically improve your health

Did you watch some of the Olympics this past month? Weren’t you inspired by the incredible feats of courage and nearly impossible skills the athletes demonstrated? What most impressed me were the stories of those athletes who suffered severe injuries within the past year, yet with determination and very intentional work, they healed themselves in time to make it to the Games in strong enough shape to vie for and even win the gold. Impressive also, was the demonstrably strong influence of the more experienced athletes challenging and inspiring the younger, up and coming competitors to meet their standards and go beyond. Aspiring athletes study and focus on success. They do not consider failure. What if our health care system was to adopt this attitude? Instead of putting our energy into

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“Only one who wanders finds new paths.” ~ Norwegian Proverb Of all the countries I’ve visited, Norway is unequalled for its scenic beauty. From trendy Oslo in the south, to the dramatic Atlantic Highway and the stark landscape of the northern tundra, Norway is otherworldly in its natural splendour. But this trippy tale takes place several years ago in a west coast village on Hardangerfjord called Rosendal. My time there was especially memorable as it was the home of my travelling companion’s grandparents. Rosendal, (or as my Viking friend refers to it, ‘the most beautiful place on earth’) holds a special place in his heart, as he spent many eternal summers there as a boy. His cousin still lives in the old family house and runs a local motel, in which we stayed. I could instantly see why Knut was so enamoured with this idyllic place. Despite its small size and location off the tourist track, Rosendal boasts many splendid features — a picturesque harbour, a baronial mansion dating back to 1665, a medieval church, hiking trails, majestic waterfalls and a geological park. Our stay began with a morning trek to relax by the waterfalls and crystal clear streams. We then followed the trails farther up into the hills to Steinparken,

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voice of women, how we hear authority. Perhaps touching on the Classics can help. Beard looks at the familiar story of Odysseus and his arduous and lengthy post-war journey to return home to his wife Penelope and son, Telemachus. Penelope is harassed by suitors who would marry her, absent husband or not. When Penelope enters a room where a bard is singing about the poor chances of Greek heroes returning home, she publicly requests a less sombre topic, but Telemachus tells her to go back to her quarters for “… [authoritative, public] speech will be the business of men, all men, and of me most of all; for mine is the power in this household.” Penelope leaves. Beard uses this and other examples to suggest “When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousands of years of practice.”

In the matter of voice, Beard compares how women’s voices are described, especially voices of women with power: they are shrill, barking and yapping. In fact, when Beard tweeted about being attacked on the internet with disgusting comments about her body parts, a British magazine said she was whining. Ignoring can also be a method of silencing: Beard refers to “the Miss Triggs treatment” (from a cartoon by Riana Duncan 30 years ago) which goes like this: a woman and a number of men sit at a large table as in a boardroom. At one end of the table a man says, “That’s an excellent suggestion, Miss Triggs. Perhaps one of the men here would like to make it.” Women everywhere “get” this cartoon. The second essay tackles the issues of redefining power (not

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A musical tour through several Scandinavian countries

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From L-R is Nick Anderson, horn; Katelin Coleman, bassoon; Jeff Pelletier, flute; Kristen Cooke, oboe; Mike Brown, clarinet. The Kamloops Symphony’s Berwick Chamber Music series concludes with Northern Lights, featuring the Ventos Wind Quintet, on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm in the Thompson Rivers University Alumni Theatre. Join this exciting wind quintet on a tour through the music of several Scandinavian countries. Rich harmonies, playful banter between the instruments, and wonderful melodic lines intersperse the repertoire to create a musical voyage to the Faroe Islands, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Ventos (which means “Wind” in Portuguese) is based in the Vancouver area but endeavours to bring quality chamber music to all parts of British Columbia and beyond. Ventos was

Kamloops Fiddlers Dance March 3, 7:30 - 10 pm, Brock Activity Centre. Members: $6 Non-members: $10. Everyone welcome. FMI 250-376-2330. Mark your calendar and put some “Green in your Life.” TRU Horticulture Department and Friends of the Garden will be hosting their Annual Plant Sale. Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. at the University Greenhouse and Gardens. “Let’s Dance” sponsored by the Kamloops Social Club. Information Line: 250-571-5111 Email: kamloopssocialclub2017@gmail.com or kamloopssocialclub.com Brock Activity Centre, 9B - 1800 Tranquille Rd. March 17, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Music by: BC Barn catz Tickets: $10 each. Contact for tickets: Francoise 778-220-8010 or Norma 250-299-7221 or Zonia 250372-0091 Barnhartvale Coffee House Saturday, March 17 @ 7 p.m. Barnhartvale Community Hall Feature act: Jeremy Kneeshaw, from Kamloops, B.C. “Open mic” for local musicians and small groups - sign up at the west, side door at 6:15 p.m.; first come, first served. Audience main doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:00 pm. Admission $5. Free for open mic performers and children under 12. FMI: Chrisy @ 250-573-0025 or www. barnhartvalecoffeehouse.com

born out of each member’s individual passion to share their artistry and inspire others while making great music as a group. The quintet aspires to engage audiences young and old with exciting performances of the classic wind quintet repertoire, transcriptions for wind quintet and commissioning new works for our genre. Ventos is Jeff Pelletier, flute; Kristen Cooke, oboe; Mike Brown, clarinet; Nick Anderson, horn; Katelin Coleman, bassoon. You can learn more about them at www. ventos.org. Tickets are $25, $10 Students (under 19), $15 TD Soundcheck members (under 35), and can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 250-3745483 or www.kamloopslive.ca.

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A tale of love and devotion By Kristi Coldwell

Reprinted with permission courtesy of the Transplant Research Foundation of BC What do purebred cattle, cross-country travel and nine grandchildren have in common? They are all part of Katrine and Ed Conroy’s unique love story. In the 37 years that Katrine and Ed have been married, they have weathered more adversity than most couples endure in a lifetime. Ed’s complicated health history began in 1991 when he lost a kidney to cancer. This was the same year he ran in the provincial election and became an MLA. Unfortunately, Ed’s health struggles intensified and in 1993 he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. This came as a shock, as Ed was unaware he was infected and did not know how he contracted the disease. By 1996 Ed’s liver was failing and he underwent his first liver transplant. Ed experienced many complications related to the anti-rejection drugs and it soon became evident he would need a second transplant. Ed was fortunate to receive his second liver transplant in the fall of 1997. For almost a decade, things were going okay. Ed and Katrine raised 4 children, saw 9 grandchildren arrive, worked on their purebred cattle farm, and continued in politics with Katrine being elected for the first time in 2005 and again in 2009. Ed however, was faced with many ongoing health challenges that in 2006 resulted in his remaining kidney failing and the start of dialysis. This was an incredibly challenging time for Ed and Katrine. Dialysis meant lengthy travel to and from the regional dialysis unit in Trail three times a week, which took on average seven hours each trip. Ed remembers staying alive literally felt “like having a part time job”. While dialysis kept Ed alive, it offered a very poor quality of life. He felt lousy and exhausted. Sometimes complications meant traveling to Kelowna. The reality was clear: Ed would not live much longer without a kidney transplant. However, his options were extremely limited. Due to his age and health he did not qualify for a deceased donor transplant. Any one

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traveled to Toronto for her surgery. It was not easy to be apart as they had always been at each other’s side. Katrine says, “I had always been his support person and suddenly we realized I wasn’t going to be there.” Their youngest daughter, Sasha, was able to travel to Toronto to be with her mom during the surgery and recovery. Meanwhile, Ed was sitting up in bed smiling and enjoying his new kidney just hours after his surgery! It wasn’t until he had a healthy kidney that Ed realized how sick he had been. Three weeks later Katrine was on a plane headed back to be with Ed and they slowly healed together. The change in Ed since receiving his new kidney is truly remarkable. He is back working on the farm and enjoying life. Ed is looking forward to seeing his two eldest granddaughters graduate this June. The couple is making the most of Ed’s gift of life. They recently traveled to Phoenix and saw the Grand Canyon, a trip they never dreamed would happen. Katrine may be one kidney less, but this has not slowed her down. In 2013 and 2017 she ran for provincial office and was appointed the Minister of Children and Family Development in July. Katrine has watched her beloved husband come close to death far too many times and understands better than anyone what organ donation means “The three transplants he has had have enabled him to see all our kids grow up, three of them married and the birth of nine grandkids.” However, Katrine and Ed are all too aware that transplantation is not a cure. The anti-rejection medication transplant recipients are required to take comes with numerous and deadly side effects, including an increased risk of cancer. Ed has had three bouts of cancer during his transplant journey. He has overcome each battle, while maintaining a positive attitude and outlook. Katrine wishes recipients did not have to take this toxic medication to survive. Ultimately, the Conroys would like to see Canada adopt a Presumed Consent model of organ donation. Presumed consent is an opt out approach where everyone is considered a potential donor, unless they have explicitly decided to opt out. Until this happens, Ed and Katrine hope more people will register their decision to be an organ donor with BC Transplant. It is something so simple but has the potential to one day save many lives. Katrine sees nothing miraculous about what she did to save Ed, “People tell me what an amazing gift of love I have given to my husband. But I think the person who donated their kidney to Ed is the amazing person. Someone who donated out of the goodness of their heart decided for no reason, other than to be an organ donor, to give their kidney to a complete stranger. That person, whoever he or she might be, is in our families’ eyes, the true hero.” One thing is certain – there is a great deal of love that surrounds Ed and Katrine. The Transplant Research Foundation of BC is the only charitable foundation in Canada dedicated solely to funding peer-reviewed organ donation and transplant research.

World Kidney Day at Northills - March 8 Kamloops celebrates its 11th annual World Kidney Day on Thursday, March 8. This international event is hosted by more than 150 countries worldwide, this year with a focus on Women’s Health. A free health fair will take place at Northills Shopping Centre from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Several health vendors will be there to offer information and there will be a chance to win free door prizes. Free blood pressure and blood sugar readings will also be offered in an effort to screen for possible indicators of kidney disease as high blood pressure and diabetes are the main risk factors for kidney disease. The BC & Yukon Branch of the KFoC has received funding from the provincial government to implement some Targeted Screening. This event is a joint initiative between Thompson Submitted Rivers University’s School of Nursing and the Left to right: Kiana Moore, Elizabeth Amaraizu, Kamloops Chapter of the Kidney Foundation. Join Alex Bryenton and Erika Byrne. the cause to keep kidneys healthy in Kamloops!


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Seniors Community Centre Update Submitted by Penny Ouchi As I write this article severe storm warnings are again in effect - just when it seemed Spring was around the corner! We would like to thank our caretaker, Ian, for keeping the sidewalks clean and free of ice for the safety of all the residents, clients and guests at our Centre. Since the flood at SCC things are now dry and awaiting the commencement of renovations so that we can open up and welcome back all our members and guests. We truly appreciate your patience in having to make alternate arrangements for meetings and programs as well as waiting until our café is back in operation. We anxiously look forward to our grand re-opening. At this time, we would like to send a heartfelt thanks to Frieda McAmmond, Vista Community Services, Pizza Pi (on behalf of Flo Smith) and our Charlie for baking and supplying goodies to our hard

working Thompson Valley Restoration crew. They truly appreciated being spoiled, and I might add, totally deserved it. The Seniors’ Community Centre AGM will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m. Sign-in will begin at 1 p.m. Memberships: Due to our closure since January 12, we realize folks have not been able to renew their memberships or purchase new ones. Hopefully, we are back in business soon; if not, we will have someone on the front desk available for taking memberships the week of March 19 and also allow memberships to be taken the day of the AGM. We apologize for this inconvenience. We do welcome all folks to become a member of our beautiful downtown Seniors’ Centre. The only activities proceeding at this time are Weightwatchers (Cactus Room), AA, GA and NA groups which are able to meet in our unscathed

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locations) has set up an account for Dominique and you are welcome to drop off your bottles and mention that you would like to donate the funds to Dominique. Lets all work together to make this happen for her. If you are interested in other fundraisers or would like to purchase a wine bag(s) please feel free to call Karen at 250-314-0511. The SCC gift shop will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spring and Easter is just around the corner. Please drop by to see what we have! We will endeavour to keep you updated but do feel free to call us anytime to find out what stage we are at.Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to invite you down to have a cuppa and meet new friends and socialize. But, we can certainly wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Until next time think about Spring and Happy March. Hope to see you soon.

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North Shore Community Centre News

“Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'” ~ Robin Williams

Submitted by Debbie Poitras It’s hard to believe that spring is almost here. The days are getting longer and soon the sun will be getting warmer. This winter was a bit different than those of the past. At some points it looked as if spring had sprung, only for us to be hit by another snow storm. Hopefully most of the shovelling is over! Coming up this month is one of our biggest events ever. From this point forward the North Shore Community Centre will only be holding this event once a year in the spring, so don’t miss it! The tables have been booked for months and people keep asking when is it happening. March 16 & 17 brings the Annual Spring Antique and Collectibles Sale. If you

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are a collector of sorts you will not want to miss this occasion. Everything from cups and saucers to jewellery, old books, furniture, coins and spectacles can be found at this sale and all under one roof. Admission to this event is $3– a small price to pay to find that special treasure you may have been searching for. There is no admission charge for children under 12. This event is a fundraiser for the North Shore Community Centre and all the proceeds go towards keeping the centre activities open and available to everyone at an affordable cost. This month we will being holding our Easter Purdy’s Fundraiser. Please place your

orders at the front desk. Payment to be in the office by March 8 for delivery on March 16. We will also be starting a 50/50 draw with a prize of up to $500 to be drawn at the end of May. Good luck! There are several exercise classes in progress and all are available on a drop in basis. You can choose from Zumba, Gentle Nia, Fitness Fun for Seniors, Yoga, Pattern Dance, Dance with Me and Tai Chi. Please check the calendar for the latest schedule of our ongoing classes. You can do some relaxing and pampering with Foreverfeet Footcare on Wednesdays and have your feet ready for some springtime walking and

hiking. This is a great way to take care of you! You can reach Suzanne at 250.554.4500 or go to www.foreverfeetfootcare.ca for more information. The coffee is always on in the Maple Room where you will find great friends, great conversation and great crafts for sale. The Centre will be closed Good Friday, March 30, 2018. Happy Easter! Cottonwood Community Spring Cleaning Sale will take place in April. We would love to take your donations of gently used items and books for this fundraiser for the Community Centre. Thank you for all you give!

holding the severed head of Hilary Clinton as Medusa, snakes writhing about her face. Mary Beard’s belief is that society as a whole has much to gain by supporting gender equity. She is not content to

wait patiently for such

redefining women), with an excellent analysis of modern use of ancient myths. Particularly striking is the analysis of the much publicized image of the face of Donald Trump on the body of Perseus,

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8 Bridge 9 am Diabetic Clinic 9 am Chair Yoga 11:30 am Cribbage 1 pm Dance With Me 7 pm Bridge 7 pm

Hair by Loreen 9 am 9 Yoga 9 am Fitness Fun for Seniors 10:30 am Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Karate 6 pm

12 Beginner Yoga 9 am Tai Chi 9 am Art Class 9:30 am Chair Yoga 10:30 am Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Zumba 6:15 pm Gentle NIA 6 pm

Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Cotton Pickers 1 pm Weightwatchers 5 pm Zumba 6:15 pm Ukulele 7 pm

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NSCCS Board 9 am20 Tai Chi 9 am 19 21 Bridge 9 am Easy Yoga 9 am Pattern Dancing 10 am Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Art Class 9:30 am Fitness Fun Weightwatchers 5 pm for Seniors 1:15 pm Chair Yoga 10:30 am Zumba 6:15 pm Ukulele 1:30 pm Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Wood Carvers 6:30 pm Ukulele 7 pm Gentle Nia 6 pm Zumba 6:30 pm Zumba 6:15 pm Snowmobile Assoc. 7 pm

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Hair by Loreen 9 am23 Yoga 9 am BCTRA 10 am Fitness Fun for Seniors 10:30 am Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Karate 6 pm

Easy Yoga 9 am26 Tai Chi 9 am Art Class 9 am Chair Yoga 10:30 am Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Gentle NIA 6 pm Zumba 6:15 pm

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Why choose hardwood? With an abundance of flooring options in the market, choosing the one right for you requires a bit of thought. Carpet over vinyl, laminate vs hardwood; sometimes all the choices can blend together. This month we’ll put the spotlight on hardwood to examine why this choice could be best for you: With a quality, hardwood comes longevity. If you’ve happened to catch an episode of any one of today’s remodelling shows on tv you have surely seen people swoon over finding old hardwood under a layer of carpet. Generally, this excitement is because of two things. One, if in decent condition that wood can be refinished to

look brand new meaning a huge budget saver and two, hardwood gives a home a lot of character and adds some serious value. When choosing a flooring type, longevity may be something you want to consider. If you are in your “forever” home then the higher upfront cost of hardwood can be offset with not having to replace your flooring in the future. And if styles and your design taste change over time you always have the option to give the hardwood a sand and refinish for a fraction of the cost it is to replace. 

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About six years ago I talked myself into writing this column, and after that I had to talk the editor of this paper into publishing it. Almost all of the ideas for columns come from what I see, do or hear in my work. Although there are always unique problems in houses, I often see the same ones over and over. This is probably why I have written about waterrelated problems, simple but effective maintenance issues and safety so often. By now I have written 72 columns on home maintenance and although I have barely scratched the surface of the topic, it is time to bring this to an end. This is my last column, so here are the a few of the most common home maintenance issues I encounter. In my opinion, water is the number one threat to most houses over time. Water can enter your

home from above through failing roofing, penetrate the walls due to improper window, door and exterior finish installation and seep through the foundation walls and basement floors because of improper drainage around the home and cracks in the concrete. Don’t forget about the water that can slowly leak out of dripping taps and shut-off valves, cracked or improperly installed waste pipes, unreliable shower door seals, cracked toilet tanks, and the list goes on. While water makes your house soggy and unpleasant and causes drywall and particle board to irreversibly swell, the big concern is what water invites into your home, namely fungus, also known as mold and rot. Don’t forget that termites need moisture too. Filters are a critical part of your furnace. They are on the side of the furnace that the circulating air enters, and are there to prevent foreign objects from being sucked into the furnace. The foreign objects most often

stopped by the filter are dust, lint and hair, and after a while, these materials form a dense mat on the filter that restricts the movement of air through the furnace. This is bad for the expensive furnace so replace the inexpensive filters often. Some people say the filter is there to clean the air for you to breathe, but this is just a side effect of protecting the furnace. Smoke detectors save lives, but only if they are working! This means they need a reliable power source, and must be less than 10 years old. There should be a manufacturing date or a expiry date on the smoke detector, and if yours does not have one, it is too old. If you have battery-powered smoke detectors, change the battery spring and fall when you change the clock for daylight savings time. May your home reliably keep you safe, warm and dry. Thanks for reading.

Downsize belongings first Continued from page 6

is there is an organizing system for any price range or design requirements. I recommend prior to making or buying any organizing system to first look at downsizing to see if you are hanging onto items you don’t truly need as this is our first task when doing any organizing job. This can free up space you didn’t know you had and perhaps you won’t need to have as many systems as you may have first thought. Do keep in mind that for many smaller homes it can be advantageous to use the height of a room to make the most of each space. Having shelving

and items that go up allow for normal usage for books, decor, storage and such. On the higher areas that are harder to reach you can now display decor or items you won’t be using often. Do some research and have fun finding creative ways to be more organized in any unused areas or give us a call to give you some help. Do you have a topic that you would like Shawn to write about? Please email him at Shawn@ everythingorganized.net

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Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts Submitted by Sherry Bennett, KFPA Historian A continuation of a spring ritual launched during the early days of

the Great Depression, from Feb. 25 through Mar. 18, local stages will

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heave under the weight of 1,426 musicians, dancers and actors as the

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12 13 14 Bingo 1 pm Carpet Bowling Billiards 9 am Bridge 7 pm Senior Exercise 9 am Darts 7 pm 10 am

15 16 Carpet Bowling 9 am Senior Exercise Coffee Drop In 10 am 9:30 am Crib 1 pm

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18 Genealogy Workshop 1 - 4 pm

19 20 Bingo 1 pm Carpet Bowling Bridge 7 pm 9 am Darts 7 pm

22 23 Carpet Bowling 9 am Senior Exercise Coffee Drop In 10 am 9:30 am Crib 1 pm

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26 27 Bingo 1 pm Carpet Bowling Bridge 7 pm 9 am Darts 7 pm

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Chair Fitness 10 am Euchre 1:30 pm Ostomy Group 1:30 pm Pound Fitness 7 pm

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Wood Carving 10 am BINGO 6 pm

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14 Stitchers Club 9 15 am

Line Dancing 9:30 am Lunch 11:30 am - 1 pm Cribbage 1 pm Chair Fitness 1:30 pm

Bridge 1 pm Whist 1 pm Your Retirement 1 pm St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

3 Old Time Fiddler’s Dance 6:30 - 11:30 pm

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resurrected the festival in the spring of 1948. Since then the festival has steadily grown. Much has changed since the festival’s modest beginnings. While most festivals of the early years were affairs of music, the YCMF was quick to complement music with elocution and dance. And keep things contemporary by continually adding new classes like bagpipes, accordion, mouth organ, pop organ and highland dancing. To more accurately reflect the nonmusical categories, the festival was renamed the Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts in 1982. Since its creation almost nine decades ago, 200,000 aspiring artists have used the festival as a platform to nurture their craft—a platform that would not

exist without the support of a herculean team of volunteers, teachers, merchants, service clubs and civic leaders. As articulated by school inspector McArthur at the 1950 festival: “Although Kamloops has many organizations which do a great deal for the community and district, there are not any with an influence so widespread as the festival.” The not-for-profit KFPA has played a pivotal role in the region’s cultural development and looks forward to supporting the next generation of artists. Nothing inspires an artist like a big audience, so come out and support the performers, Feb. 25 to Mar. 18. For more information on the festival, visit kfpa.ca.

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Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts hosts its 85th official festival. A look back to the birth of the city’s longestrunning performing arts festival takes us to Feb. 26, 1930, when a public meeting was called to discuss the feasibility of hosting a musical festival in Kamloops. Fifty people representing most societies/associations of Kamloops attended the meeting and so fruitful was the discussion that by the meeting’s end a motion had passed to establish a musical festival association and a 14-member waysand-means committee formed to start planning a 1931 festival. Hosting its inaugural festival on May 12, 1931 in the Kamloops High School auditorium, the YCMF drew 300 musicians from seven communities within the Yale-Cariboo district, confirming the region’s hearty appetite for an annual music festival to call its own. Securing official society status in 1932, the YCMF’s first official Festival was held in the spring of 1933, drawing 900 amateur performers. Financial struggles encountered with the 1938 festival forced organizers to suspend the festival for a year. Unbeknownst to all, a world war would thrust the festival into a decadelong dormancy. In 1947, the Local Council of Women took on the arduous task of reviving the festival and with tireless efforts,

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Zone 8 55+ BC Games gears up for spring Submitted by Linda Haas The 55+ BC Games take place September 11-15, 2018 in Kimberly/ Cranbrook area with 22 sports/ activities to enjoy. To find out if the event you are interested in requires a playoff, contact the sport event coordinator on the Zone 8 website accessed through 55plus bcgames.org or contact the Registrar, Heather Sinclair heather55plus@ gmail.com or 250-6824121. Try out for more than one, but you can enter only one sport or recreational activity at the Games. If you are not sure what a particular event is all about, contact the sport coordinator, and as soon as possible if you are interested to determine if a playoff is necessary. Ice curling would be the first, as playoffs would have to occur in March before the ice is removed. For 55-64 and 65+, ladies and men, contact by end of February Paul or Janet Quesnel at 250-453-9665

or jpq@coppervalley. bc.ca Please note there is an addition to the contact list published in February. Spencer Colman will look after slo-pitch. Contact him at 250-828-1952 or smecolman@gmail.com. You must be a member of the BC Seniors Games Society in order to take part in playoffs and/ or the Games. Annual membership is $20, with a one-time $5 zone 8 registration fee for anyone trying out or participating. If no playoff is required or if you qualify for the Games during a playoff, the participant fee is $50 and must be paid to Zone 8 by July 6. Zone 8 pays the sport fees from a B.C. government lottery grant

gratefully received for 2018. Normally, you submit your registration and waiver forms and fees through your sport event coordinator or at a monthly meeting. To help keep us operationally afloat, we invite folks of all ages to our fundraising lunch on April 19. The $15 tickets will be available at the March 15 meeting, from members, or contact Linda at 250-679-3557 or lindahaas@xplornet. com to reserve them. Besides a delicious buffet lunch at the Lotus Inn, there will be a shared pot draw, bucket auction, and a candy guess. This fun event promotes social interaction while supporting Zone 8 seniors. The next meeting is March 15, 10:00 a.m. at the Chief Louis Centre, Tk’emlups Indian Band, on Shuswap Road. Everyone is welcome. Join us and have fun while you keep active and stay healthy!

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Exercise 9 am2 Mini Crib Register at 10:30 am Start 11 am

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Guys & Gals 7 8 Exercise 9 am Wood Carving 9 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Drop In Carpet Canasta 1 pm Bowling 10 am Jam Session 7 pm

Exercise 9 am Crib 1 pm

12 Guys & Gals Exercise 8:30 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Canasta 1 pm

13 Guys & Gals14 15 Wood Carving Bells & Bows Exercise 9 am 9 am 10 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Drop In Carpet Bingo 1 pm Canasta 1 pm Bowling 10 am Jam Session 7 pm

Exercise 9 am Crib 1 pm

19 Guys & Gals Exercise 8:30 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Canasta 1 pm

20 Guys & Gals21 Wood Carving 22 Bells & Bows Exercise 9 am 9 am 10 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Drop In Carpet Bingo 1 pm Canasta 1 pm Bowling 10 am Jam Session 7 pm

Exercise 9 am Crib 1 pm

26 Guys & Gals Exercise 8:30 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Canasta 1 pm

27 Guys & Gals28 Wood Carving 29 Bells & Bows Exercise 9 am 9 am 10 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Drop In Carpet Bingo 1 pm Canasta 1 pm Bowling 10 am Jam Session 7 pm

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Church Group 9 am

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13 Wheels to Meals noon Pool 1 pm Crib 1:30 pm

14 Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

15 16 17 Scottish Dance Quilting Core Tight 9:30 am 9:30 am Exercise 10 am Pool 1 pm Ladies Pool 1 pm Farmers’ Market 1 - 4 pm

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Pool 1 pm Crib 1:30 pm

21 Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

22 23 24 Quilting Core Tight Scottish Dance 9:30 am Exercise 10 am 9:30 am Pool 1 pm Ladies Pool 1 pm

27 Wheels to Meals noon Pool 1 pm Crib 1:30 pm

28 Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

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Glee Club 9:30 am AA 8 pm

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NIA Class Arts Group 10 am 10:30 - 11:45 am Bring lunch! A/E Chorus Practice General Meeting 1 -2:30 pm 2:30 pm Bridge 7 pm

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NIA Class 10:30 - 11:45 am Arts Group 10 am A/E Chorus Practice Bring lunch! 1 -2:30 pm Bridge 7 pm

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Loneliness: A silent thief Submitted by D. Martin

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SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY Bingo Manager, Wendy Bond ..................250-253-3506 Carvers, Olena Bramble ..........................250-803-9688 Computer Class, Darcy Calkins...............250-463-4555 Hall Rentals, David Didow .......................250-833-0902 Mount Ida Painters, Olena Bramble ........250-803-9688 Spiritualist Church, Gloria Makey ............250-832-8058 Monday through Friday 10 am - 2 pm Tuesday Painting, Ross Chester .............250-832-3579

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a technique called therapeutic touch to assist in healing those with various illnesses. Many people shy away from either being touched or touching someone else for fear of rejection or disapproval of their peers. A simple hug is very powerful and can do so much. A walk down any of our city streets is a revealing look at the amount of loneliness, seen in the homeless, the addicts, the elderly and yes even some young children. Loneliness is often more prevalent at times like Christmas or special occasions when family and friends normally gather together. At these times depression and suicide rates are often higher also - an indication of the extent of loneliness in society. Reaching out to others in a non-judgemental way and accepting them can be at least a start in easing the pain of loneliness that haunts so many. Think how much we can brighten our own lives by at least making an attempt to enrich the lives of others. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “it is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

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Loneliness lurks among us like a silent thief. Sometimes it is not recognized, or we just don’t want to admit its presence. It’s a pain that doesn’t easily go away. In part the dictionary describes loneliness as “unfrequented by human beings, sad from lack of companionship, uneasy because of being alone.” It’s a known fact that loneliness is a leading problem in society today. As the late Mother Theresa noted. the majority of North Americans were lonely. Loneliness is a part of many lives and affects people in many ways. Some people assume the life of a recluse, shutting themselves away from everyone and the world in general. Often you can tell it in the eyes and faces of people around you. A haunting sadness. Others try to hide their loneliness. They may partake in activities and some social life, but they are still lonely. Loneliness is caused by many factors. The loss of a loved one or the break up of a significant relationship. The empty nest syndrome, when grown children leave home, often leaving a parent or parents with a sense of loneliness until they readjust their lifestyle. Perhaps one of the most significant and prevalent types of loneliness is when a person feels they are alone in life, no one seems to care about them, there is no significant relationship or companionship to give meaning to their life. This is a very common type of loneliness in society that carries a pain all of its own. As human beings, we all need to be accepted, to be touched and loved by someone. It’s long been known that a caring gentle touch is therapeutic. Some health practitioners are using

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Big thinking required once more My grandfather, Henry Grube was a big thinker. He was a school board politician who did not balk in the face of obstacle or challenge. He had vision and was dedicated to improving educational opportunities throughout our region. One story goes that Henry, with his own money, bought the first computer for the school district. Apparently the board of education would not approve the computer purchase thinking perhaps that computers were just a short term trend that wouldn’t catch on. Grandpa, seeing the folly of the decision and with somewhat longerrange foresight, pulled out his cheque book and bought the first computer himself. That was over 40 years ago.

Though not as societally altering as the advent of the computer, a big vision project with long term implications has been chugging it’s way along at City Hall for a number of years and it’s now finally about to pull in to the station... The renewal of our city’s OCP is nearly complete. For those wondering what I’m talking about, the OCP (Official Community Plan) is the city’s overarching plan that sets high-level policy priorities and an overall vision for the community. Every B.C. municipality is required, by provincial law, to complete an OCP renewal on a semiregular basis to ensure municipal infrastructure and community growth patterns occur in an organized way. To illustrate a bit better what an OCP is I’ve quoted this definition from the online website Wikipedia: “In Canada, an official community plan is a comprehensive plan...

which dictates public policy in terms of transportation, utilities, land use, recreation and housing. OCPs typically encompass large geographical areas, a broad range of topics and cover a long-term time horizon. The process of creating an OCP is today often referred to as a “Community Visioning.” To develop a renewed community vision, an OCP committee was created in 2013 with members selected to represent a cross section of the community. The committee was made up of representatives from business, housing development, the social realm, environment and sustainability, indigenous community, as well as three at-large community members and two city councillors. I was honoured to serve on this committee for two years as a city council liaison especially as the all important terms of reference and committee composition were being established.

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As many of you may know, the Trans Mountain pipeline project is under serious threat as the dispute between B.C. and Alberta continues to escalate. This situation threatens jobs across the country and an opportunity for Canada to gain access to global markets. Because the project is not moving ahead, oil is being sold at up to 50 percent discount to the United States as we do not have anywhere else to sell it. The U.S. sells it back to Canada through New Brunswick refineries at the full market price. It is like building a car in Ontario for $30,000 and the only market is the U.S. The U.S. takes it for $15,000 and sells it back to us for $30,000. It is a ridiculous situation. The project needs to be moved along and

Muriel Scallon, President

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Pipeline impasse prosperity. It is valued at just under $7-billion and will create 15,000 new jobs during construction. This pipeline will also generate $4.5 billion in federal and provincial government revenues. I would also like to note that this project replaces the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system between Edmonton, AB, and Burnaby, B.C., which is now over 50 years old. While the Prime Minister continually voices strong support for the Trans Mountain pipeline project, he has provided no further explanation on what actions his Government is prepared to invoke in order to see the pipeline project constructed without political interference from the B.C. NDP Government. This issue is pressing and needs to be resolved today. I would appreciate your feedback on this issue. Please e-mail or call my office and share your thoughts.

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Share your thoughts: our Conservative party attempted to prioritize this issue with a motion we tabled in the House of Commons. The motion was as follows: That, given the Trans Mountain Expansion Project is in the national interest, will create jobs and provide provinces with access to global markets, the House call on the Prime Minister to prioritize the construction of the federally-approved Trans Mountain Expansion Project by taking immediate action, using all tools available; to establish certainty for the project, and to mitigate damage from the current interprovincial trade dispute, tabling his plan in the House no later than noon on Thursday, February 15, 2018. I had the pleasure of participating in this debate and also voted in support of the motion. Unfortunately, this request was denied. We must recognize the value of this project to our economy and future

exciting to know that ratification of the plan is only months away! As we near the

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10,000 steps! We are encouraged to get 10,000 steps each day to move toward better health. I was given a Fitbit for my birthday so I know the days that I make it because my Fitbit throws a little party on my wrist – vibrating and lighting up! It always makes me smile. In this case success is about practice, motivation and, yes, a bit about reward! Imagine if we could measure other practices: kindness, gratitude, generosity, peace, care for the environment – actions that will impact our homes, our community, our world. In his letter to the

10,000 Steps Philippians, Paul encourages this very thing when he writes: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy— think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” There is a YouTube video currently making the social media rounds. In it, Ali Sherazi, a young boy, asks the question “what do you practice?” He is paraphrasing a teaching of Prem Rawat, an inspirational American speaker. With earnest eyes and a serious expression young Ali asks this:

“What do you practice? Because what you practice you will get good at. Do you practice joy in your life? Do you practice peace? Do you practice happiness? Or do you practice a lot of complaining? Because if you complain you will get very good at it. So good at it that you will find fault with everything. Do you practice anger? Because if you do you will get very good at it. So good at it that the most trivial thing will make you angry. Do you practice being worried? Because if you do you will get very good at it. And you will get so good at it that everything will worry you. So I propose that if it is true that it is a question of practice, I propose that you practice joy.” 10,000 steps. Imagine if we daily counted those

times we complain, get angry, worry, emit negative energy in some way, while also counting those times we practice joy, kindness, gratitude, generosity, peace, care for the environment. My confession (which I understand is good for the soul) is that I need more practice on the positive side of that list. So this month I will continue working toward walking 10,000 steps each day. And I will begin paying attention to those practices which will make a positive difference in me and in this world. God asks us to be life-givers. What a great practice to renew as spring begins its unveiling of new life! My Fitbit may not throw a wrist party for me when I reach 10,000 steps toward joy or generosity or gratitude, but I suspect my soul will! And I will smile.

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Weekday Masses Monday 7 pm Tuesday 7 am Wednesday 9 am Thursday 7 am Friday 9 am Saturday 8 am

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Washing Away the Dust of our Lives “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton

Right after Christmas I went to Seattle. I was blue; I usually am at Christmas. My Christmas is not reflected in the media and advertising of the way Christmas is supposed to be, I was aware of what was no longer, tired of how long the hype seemed to have been last year, lost my mother and a dear friend and had a medical emergency that made me are of my

mortality. Pablo Picasso said “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” I thought I could run away from its impact on me by attending the Andrew Wyeth exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. I was not disappointed. 110 of his works were all in one place, taking me out of myself and banishing some of the sadness. I studied Wyeth at University and was inspired by him especially in my watercolour phase. Andrew Wyeth is one of the most famous

artists of the United States. Perhaps you recognize the painting “Wind from the Sea” that accompanies this column. March in Kamloops is art month for me; it is the month of Art Exposed, an annual juried art show sponsored by the Kamloops Arts Council and is accompanied by the Arnica Artist-Run Gallery hosting their annual member show and sale, both held in the beautiful heritage Old Courthouse Cultural Centre; every nook and cranny

will be filled with art. And while you’re at it visit the Old Courthouse Gallery, a wonderful place to buy unique art and craft all year round. I’m very grateful Kamloops has this art expansiveness which is complimented year long by numerous open mics of music and poetry at cafes and pubs almost any day of the week, house concerts, a stunning abundance of festivals, on-going theatre productions, local and imported concerts and choral groups and orchestras including our very own

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symphony; it comes to a crescendo with the giant Canada Day Art in the Park attended by thirty thousand people each year. On March 9 until the 17th artists will be participating in Art Exposed with a minimum of $1150 in cash prizes awarded by three jurors on Opening Night on Friday, March 9th. I’ve been part of this event every year since I moved to Kamloops as a spectator, an artist and a juror. I’ve been proud to be part of it. Since its inception in 2008

it has become a very high quality show. The opening is full of vitality and excitement; it’s a place where viewers can meet the artists, argue about what is art, talk about their emotional responses, discuss what the work that will not hang above the couch and what the artist might be saying, contemplate how craft differs from art, and finally to soak in the beauty that fills the soul as it celebrates life, love and the magic of the world away from the anxiety of living in a very fast culture.


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Murray prepaid his funeral. Key questions to He wanted ‘peace of mind’ ponder for OCP for his family. What could possibly go wrong? Continued from page 22

More than 20 years ago Murray went to a funeral home to prepay his final expenses. Back then, he wanted to be buried in a casket, not cremated. He paid about $3,000 cash and the money went to an insurance company; it didn’t stay with the funeral home, and that’s a good thing. About ten years ago, Murray called his chosen funeral service provider. He wanted to assign (transfer) his arrangements specifically to this provider. Because his money was in the hands of the insurance company (not the funeral home) it was easy for Murray to transfer his arrangements. It didn’t cost him a penny, and he lost none of the interest his policy had gained during the first ten years. And the interest continued to grow. Fast forward to today. Murray’s policy is now worth over $9,000, but

times have changed: Murray has decided he doesn’t want a big funeral -- he just wants to be cremated. Cremation is only going to cost him about $2,100. Discovering this, Murray got very excited. “Cash in my policy, so I can spend the extra $7,000 on some FUN!” cried Murray. Upon calling the insurance company, they quickly threw a wet blanket on Murray’s plan. They said “If Murray cancels his policy, we’ll send him a cheque for $5,000, not $9,000.” Murray’s not happy and I don’t blame him. Think of it: if Murray dies tomorrow his kids get $9,000, but if he lives and cashes in his policy he only gets $5,000! I’m guessing Murray had no idea this might happen when he signed up over 20 years ago. As Rafe Mair used to say on his radio talk show “The devil’s in the details!”

If you’re thinking of prepaying, it isn’t just the funeral homes and insurance companies that you have to watch. I’ve heard many stories over the years from people who paid $100 for a full burial cemetery plot, but who don’t want them now. With cremation rates of nearly 90 percent in our area, and a lot of people scattering the ashes at places like Murray’s favourite haunt, most people no longer want the big cemetery plot. The plot may now be worth thousands of dollars, but when you try to sell it back to the cemetery you’ll probably just get the original amount (e.g. $100)! But you can imagine what the cemetery will charge when they re-sell the plot. Prepaying your plot is good for business. Cemeteries, funeral homes and pre-need ‘counsellors’ make a lot of money by taking your

cash in exchange for ‘peace of mind.’ Don’t get me wrong, some people really do feel that peace of mind. But a lot of people feel regret. Most of the clients I serve are opting for cremation, and the CPP Death Benefit (maximum $2,500) more than covers the cost. So, when I point that out to people, many of them put their cheque book away, or they decide to set aside the money in a bank account that they can control. Everyone’s situation is slightly different (e.g. you may not be eligible to receive the maximum CPP Death Benefit), so you might want to come by for a chat. But, in my opinion, you should never be manipulated by the ‘peace of mind’ argument, and – with few exceptions – it probably isn’t in your best interests to prepay.

• What aspects of the community make our lives most enjoyable and fulfilling? How can we ensure these amenities are maintained or enhanced? • What do we need to stay abreast of as a community over the next 10 years? 20 years? Or even 100 years? • Should we continue focused investment on high caliber recreational facilities or should that investment shift to other priorities like cultural or artistic facilities and pursuits? • Is the Tournament Capital slogan still the best way to define who we are? • How do we ensure plans, like the OCP, do not just end up gathering dust on a shelf but are actually implemented? I’d love to hear from you on this or any other idea you have to make our community an even better place to live, work and play! Donovan Grube Cavers is a Kamloops city councillor. He can be reached by email via dcavers@kamloops.ca

Kamloops Thompson Retired Teachers (KTRTA) Update Thank you to all those who contributed items for Christmas Amalgamated and the Food Bank at our November luncheon. January’s meeting was well attended with a presentation on a whole food plant-based diet. March’s meeting will

be held earlier as the 30th is Good Friday. We are expecting the TRU students who received bursaries will be joining us. We will also be holding our silent auction. Plan to be there as its always an enjoyable time.


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Groups Kamloops Parkinson Awareness Group: We meet at 1 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday from September through June at Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour Street. Contact Rendy at 250-374-0798 FMI. Excelsior Rebekah Lodge No.23: General meeting second Tuesday of every month 7:30 p.m. Regular meeting fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. 423 Tranquille Rd. If you have kidney-related issues and questions, and would like to chat with someone who has been there, the Kamloops Kidney Support Group is here for you. We meet on the second Saturday of each month at Romeo’s Kitchen in the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way and on the second Wednesday of each month at Denny’s, 898 Tranquille Rd. at 10 a.m. You won’t get any medical advice from us, but we are here to share our experiences, whether you may be pre-dialysis or on dialysis, a kidney donor or a recipient, a family member, or anything in between. FMI call Edna Humphreys at 250-376-6361, Dorothy Drinnan at 250-573-2988, or Margaret Thompson at 250-819-3135. Kamloops Antiques, Collectibles and Heritage Club meets on the second Thursday of every month. September – June at Heritage House on Lorne Street, Riverside

Park 7 p.m. Guests and new members welcome. FMI call: 250-372-0468 Bernice or 250-377-8364 Joyce. The Kamloops Family History Society meetings take place at Heritage House on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. (September to May, except December) Next meeting Thursday, Feb. 22. FMI contact Connie at 250-852-3218. Mutliple Myeloma Support Group for Kamloops and Region. Meetings will be scheduled at the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre once an agenda is in place for a meeting and/ or a speaker have been arranged. If you are interested, please contact one of the following people and provide us with your email address (or phone number) and we will notify you of future meetings. Bob T.: ridgerunner@telus. net 250-376-3292; Anne E. akevenrude@shaw. ca 250-372-8077; Bob H. rhamaguchi@shaw.ca 250-374-6754. St. Paul’s Cathedral Thrift Shop 360 Nicola Street is open Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. to June. Handicapped access from the alley between Nicola and St. Paul. Ukulele fun every Monday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Plura Hills United Church, 2090 Pacific Way or every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Centre, 730 Cottonwood Ave. All levels of experience are welcome at both venues. FMI visit our website at ukuleleorchestra

ofkamloops.com or phone 250-376-5502. Aberdeen Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at noon. Meetings are held at 9-A 1800 Tranquille Rd. New members welcome. Call 250-828-1765. The Afternoon Auxiliary to RIH Thrift Seller is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 146 Victoria St. We welcome you to come shop, donate or volunteer. Alzheimer Caregiver and Early Support Stage groups meets the second Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the fourth Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 405, 235 – 1st Ave. For more information please contact Tara Hildebrand, support and education coordinator Alzheimer Society of B.C. at 250-377-8200. Army Navy & Airforce Veterans in Canada - Unit 290. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and the community. We are located at #9-177 Tranquille Rd. Contact information: 250554-2455. We still have our Tuesday night free bingo starting at 4:30 p.m. and our Wednesday darts starting at 1:30 p.m. We have our karaoke on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. and on the weekends we have our meat draws on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Brock Central Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at the Centre for Seniors, 9-A 1800 Tranquille Rd. Call 250-371-0115. Council of Canadians meets at 5.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 - 7th Ave. Please join us. Call Anita or Dalton at 250-377-0055 or 250377-0055. You can also visit kamloopscanadians.ca. Chronic Pain Association of Kamloops meets the last Wednesday of each month at noon at People In Motion, 182B Tranquille Rd., for resources, support and fellowship. There is parking in the back.Call Ashley at 778-257-1986 or email: ash. westen@gmail.com. Tuesday afternoon cribbage takes place at 1:30 p.m. at McArthur Park Lawn Bowling clubhouse, next to Norbrock Stadium. Come for crib, coffee and goodcompany. Free parking. Call 250-579-0228, 250-5798259 or 250-376-0917. Diabetes Support: There are two support groups in Kamloops. RiverBend (760 Mayfair St), last Tuesday/ mo., ph: 778-470-8316 for details; and, Hamlets (3255 Overlander Dr.), first Monday/mo. (except July & Aug.), ph: 250-579-5707 for details. Open to all and features monthly speakers. Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3453 & Ladies Auxiliary Welcomes you, 755 Tranquille Rd. Join us.

Big Jim Horse Races Wednesday at 4 p.m., Darts Thursday at 7 p.m. Wii League Bowling Friday at 6 p.m. Meat Draws Saturday & Sunday at 3 p.m. Karaoke w/Michelle Sunday at 7 p.m. FMI 250-376-4633. Do you enjoy singing in harmony and a great variety of songs? Kamloops Happy Choristers invites new members who are 55 and over for a social atmosphere and a chance to sing for senior residences and public concerts. We meet every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Heritage House. For more information call Sharon at 250-579-9505. Kamloops Duplicate Bridge Club meets at Heritage House every Monday at 7 p.m. Beginner and open games. Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for intermediate games. Friday 12:30 p.m. open game. Thursday at 7 p.m., at Cottonwood, intermediate and open games. FMI visit website kamloopsduplicate bridgeclub.ca Kamloops Elks Lodge #44 meets at 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of each month at 784-B Victoria St. We have served the community since 1920. You are invited to come and meet the members. New members are welcome. The hall is also available for gatherings, meetings, etc. For any inquiries please call 250-3722737 or 250-573-4632. Kamloops Floor Curlers meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Heritage House, top floor, Riverside Park. New

members always welcome. Free parking for members. No special equipment needed. New teams are drawn each day. There are two games and coffee each day. The group runs all year. Call Kay at 250-3760917, Kay at 250-828-0819 or Liz at 250-372-5493. Kamloops Heritage Model Railroad Club meets on the first Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Come and investigate a great hobby. Call 250-554-3233 FMI. Kamloops Prostate Cancer Support Group meet at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at The Seniors Activity Centre, 9A-1800 Tranquille Rd. Phone 250-376-4011 or email larubekam1947@ gmail.com Kamloops Stamp Club meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Mt. Paul United Church, 140 Laburnum. Contact 250-314-1021. The world famous Kamloops Rube Band practices on Monday evenings (except holidays), 7:30 p.m. at the Kamloops Yacht Club, 1140 River St. New members with playing experience are invited to drop by and join the band, having fun with music. FMI, please call Jordan Amon at 250-572-6271. Kamloops Stroke Recovery Branch meets at Riverbend Seniors Community at 10:30-1 p.m. on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Email: kmshelton@ hotmail.com or phone: 250-377-1961.

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Groups Kamloops United Church Thrift Store has come home to 421 St. Paul Street. Contact number: 250-372-3020. We are located in a brand new addition to the church. North Kamloops Elks Lodge #469, #102-1121 12th St., 250-376-2924 (leave message). Meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. New members welcome. Crib tournaments every Wednesday, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Kamloops Breast Cancer Support Group meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m. We currently meet at the Yoga Loft on Seymour Street at 4th Avenue. The support group is for all women at any stage of their breast cancer journey whether newly diagnosed or years out of treatment. Kamloops Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Hal Rogers Center, 2025 Summit Drive. Contact number 250 320-3038. Anyone with an interest in vintage vehicles is welcome to attend. The Kamloops Tai Chi Club is a member-driven non profit group. We meet Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1136 6th Ave. Experience the benefits of tai chi & qigong: increased flexibility, balance and agility. To join our class, email: info@kamloops taichiclub.com. Interior Authors Group Interested in writing? We’re people who love to write in all styles, forms, and genres. We’re aspiring authors, veteran authors, and everything in between. If you want to learn more about the craft of writing, or about publishing and self-publishing, or anything else related to writing, come check us out. Meetings are the second Thursday of every month except July and August, 6:30 p.m. at Chartwell Ridgepointe (Pineview), 1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops, BC, V1S 0B7. FMI visit interiorauthorsgroup. wordpress.com/about/ or look for Interior Authors Group on Facebook or contact Elma 250 374-1750, elmams@shaw.ca. Municipal Pension Retirees Assoc.The meetings for 2018 will be on Mar 20, Jun 19, Sept 18 and Nov 20 at 9:30 a.m. at Activity Center, Brock shopping center. Mark your calendar. Join us to talk to other retirees, meet former co-workers and have a voice about your MPP Pension. FMI: call Jean at 250-374-1191.

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KAMLOOPS FILM FESTIVAL 2018 FILMS

SHUT UP AND SAY SOMETHING Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m. Canada, Directed by Melanie Wood In English, Documentary 82 min. Not Yet Rated.

ENTANGLEMENT Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m. Canada, Directed by Jason James In English Comedy, Drama, Romance 85 min. Rated PG: coarse language; violence; sexual content. RAVENOUS (DARKFEST) Les Affamés, Friday, March 2 at 9 p.m. Canada. Directed by Robin Aubert In French with English subtitles Horror, Drama 100 min. Not Yet Rated. THE BREADWINNER Saturday, March 3 at Noon, Canada | Ireland | Luxembourg Directed by Nora Twomey. In English Animation |Drama 94 min. Rated PG: violence.

German and Hebrew with English subtitles. Drama | Romance 132 min. Rated 14A: sexually suggestive scenes; sexual content THE INSULT L’insulte. Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. Lebanon | Belgium | Cyprus | France | USA Directed by Ziad Doueiri In Arabic Drama 112 min. Not Yet Rated

DIM THE FLUORESCENTS Tuesday, March 6 at 9 p.m. Canada. Directed by Daniel Warth In English Comedy, Drama 128 min. Not Yet Rated THELMA Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. Norway | France | Denmark | Sweden Directed by Joachim Trier. In

Norwegian with English subtitles Drama | Fantasy | Mystery | Romance | Thriller 116 min. Rated PG: sexually suggestive scenes; coarse language; violence; nudity THE PARTY Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. UK Directed by Sally Potter In English. Comedy | Drama 71 min. Not Yet Rated.

IN THE FADE Aus dem Nichts, Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. Germany | France Directed by Fatih Akin. In English and in German and Greek with English subtitles Crime, Drama 106 min. Rated 14A: violence; drug use. THE DIVINE ORDER Die Göttliche Ordnung Thursday, March 8 at 9

p.m. Switzerland Directed by Petra Biondina Volpe. In English, and in German, Italian and Swiss German with English subtitles. Comedy/ Drama 96 min.. Rated PG: sexually suggestive scene; sexual content; nudity.

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL Saturday, March 10 at noon UK. Directed by Paul McGuigan In English Biography, Drama, Romance 105 min. Rated PG: coarse language; violence; nudity.

MEDITATION PARK Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. Canada. Directed by Mina Shum. In English, and in Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles Drama. 94 min. Rated G

ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL Saturday, March 10 at 3 p.m. Canada | USA Directed by Kyle Rideout In English Comedy 86 min. Not Yet Rated.

LOVELESS Nelyubov. Friday, March 9 at 9 p.m. Russia | France | Germany| Belgium. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. In Russian with English subtitles Drama. 127 min. Not Yet Rated

INDIAN HORSE Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m. Canada. Directed by Stephen S. Campanelli In English and in Ojibwe with English subtitles Drama, 100 min. Rated 14A: sexual violence.

TULIPANI: LOVE, HONOUR AND A BICYCLE Tulipani: Liefde, Eer en een Fiets. Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. Netherlands, 112 min. Not Yet Rated. TOMATO RED Saturday, March 3 at 6 p.m. Canada/ Ireland. Directed by Juanita Wilson In English, Drama, Thriller WOLFCOP (DARKFEST) Saturday, March 3 at 9 p.m. Canada Directed by Lowell Dean in English. Comedy, Horror 79 min. Rated 14A: violence; coarse language ANOTHER WOLFCOP (DARKFEST) Saturday, March 3 at 11 p.m. Canada. Directed by Lowell Dean in English Comedy, Horror 82 min. Rated 18A: explicit violence HAPPY END Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. France | Austria | Germany Directed by Michael Haneke In English and in French with English subtitles Drama 107 min. Rated PG: coarse & sexual language; violence. A FANTASTIC WOMAN Una Mujer Fantástica Monday, March 5 at 6 p.m. Chile | Germany | Spain | USA Directed by Sebastián Lelio. In Spanish with English subtitles Drama 104 min. Rated PG: nudity; coarse language; violence CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Monday, March 5 at 9 p.m. Italy | France | Brazil | USA Directed by Luca Guadagnino. In English, and in Italian, French,

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