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Students preserve legacy of elders W KATHERINE MORTIMER
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endy Morton is known for committing random acts of poetry, so when the renowned Canadian poet was in Vernon earlier this year, she came across a brochure for the aboriginal education department that had been prepared by principal Sandra Lynxleg. “I was charmed by the poetry of her name and I called her up,” she said. Morton was working with aboriginal children and their elders in the Cowichan School District and wanted to do the same for the Vernon district. In June, Morton and Lynxleg began to work on Together with the Children — The Elder Project, which paired aboriginal students in the Vernon School District with elders, who would tell their stories, and in turn the students would turn the stories into poems. The result is a small, colourful, glossy, photo-filled book filled with poems written by aboriginal students based on their interviews with elders in the community. Written in a style known as historic collage poetry, the poems are at times heartbreaking, heartwarming and intensely moving in their honesty. Grade 8 student Kaiden Ross interviewed Sandra Millar, his hoop dancing teacher at W.L. Seaton Secondary. “I didn’t know her story, but we sat down, I asked her questions and then wrote them down,” said Ross. He learned that Millar was raised by the Scottish side of her family, and not permitted to acknowledge her Cree heritage. “I didn’t go to residential school. I had my own residential school at home. I was locked in closets, put in the basement for hours, not allowed friends. I was abused physically, sexually, emotionally. I was kicked out of Grade 1 for writing with my left hand. For 10 years I was addicted to heroin.” For 14 years, Millar has been a counsellor for others who have been sexually abused and dealing with addictions. She also learned to hoop dance. “I am happiest when I see young people finding their culture, healing,” said Millar, in her poem. Lynxleg said every elder was presented with the same set of questions: where were you born, where did you work, what school did you go to, tell me about your family, what does respect mean to you, what are
Yetko Brooke Bearshirt-Robins, a Grade 7 student, and John (Wilkie) Louis, who teaches the Okanagan language, share their story at the launch of Together with the Children — The Elder Project. your memories of school? “Some of these kids had 10 pages of notes,” she said. “Part of what happened with this was the healing and we didn’t expect that to happen, we just wanted the experience of the kids meeting with the elders and the kids were so willing to meet them. “And if they said they had bad memories of residential school, we didn’t push the issue, but they just openly shared their memories.” For Grade 12 student Kristyn Schoenknecht, learning about elder Michelle Petruk was something of an eyeopener. “I was interested in their experience and to see how they’ve come through it,” she said.
“She has come a long way. I was shocked when I learned of some of the stuff that people had to go through, they went through such a hard time. “I love writing poetry, and this was interesting because we did an interview and then we interpreted the answers.” Petruk shared her story, explaining that her dad’s mom was Cree, but he denied being Métis. “In residential school, my dad said he had to kneel and pray and ask for forgiveness.” Lynxleg said six sessions were held in June throughout the district, with more than 55 students and elders/community members in attendance at workshops held at Alexis Park Elementary, Seaton and Charles Bloom Secondary schools and the
Okanagan Indian Band Cultural School. The project received a $5,000 grant from TD Bank Financial Group to assist with publishing the book. “We invited aboriginal students from Grades 4 to 12. We invited elders, families, anyone who wanted to become a published author,” said Lynxleg. “We held four sessions and with each new session we grew in numbers. Students, elders and community members came not only to share their stories but to share a good cup of tea and warm, fresh bannock served with a side of poetry.” For Schoenknecht, who teaches hoop dancing, elders are important and worthy of respect.
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Kokanee numbers on the rise RICHARD ROLKE Morning Star Staff
The once beleaguered kokanee population is making a resurgence. Almost 225,000 spawners of the landlocked salmon species were counted in Okanagan Lake in the fall of 2010 — a 38 per cent increase from 162,000 in 2009. “This is the second highest year in the last couple of decades,” said Paul Aske, a stock assessment biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations. The increase was primarily due to the strong return of shore-spawning kokanee, estimated at 197,000. The stream-spawning kokanee population in Okanagan Lake also increased in 2010 by about 9,000 fish to approximately 28,000. “Overall it was a really good year,” said Aske. Aske believes a number of factors have led to the current situation including changes to how water levels are managed on Okanagan Lake, the lack of a major die-off of kokanee and the ongoing harvest of mysis
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Provincial statistics show there were about 225,000 kokanee spawners in Okanagan Lake in the fall, a 38 per cent increase over 2009. shrimp, which competes with the kokanee for food. “Some of it is also what nature gives you,” he said. But while he is pleased with spawner returns, Aske admits work is still needed to ensure the stock is stable. “We are still in a recovery mode,” he said. No decision has been made on whether there will be a limited fishery in 2011. “Given the positive numbers, the fishery will likely reopen again but we are being conservative,” said Aske.
Limited fishing was introduced on Okanagan Lake in 2006 after it had been closed for 10 years because of extremely low kokanee stocks. Besides Okanagan Lake, the kokanee population is looking good elsewhere in the region. Wood Lake kokanee totalled 20,000 in 2010, which was the largest return in a decade. Counts in the lake tributary streams showed a return of 17,000 spawners and shoreline counts were about 3,000. “At Middle Vernon Creek (in Lake Country), tons of fish
came in there and they were a good size too,” said Aske. In Kalamalka Lake, kokanee numbers totalled 23,100. In Coldstream Creek, which feeds into Kal Lake, the tally was 7,000. That is below average, but counts along the shoreline were strong at 16,000. Aske isn’t surprised by the situation on Kalamalka Lake. “In lakes where there are mysis shrimp and lake trout, the kokanee gets held to low abundance,” he said of competition for food sources.
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Economy on the agenda RICHARD ROLKE Morning Star Staff
Lumby’s mayor insists that job creation and expanding the tax base must be priorities if the needs of residents are to be addressed. Kevin Acton says it’s increasingly difficult for the village to come up with the money for infrastructure projects and just hiking taxes isn’t the answer. “Residents of the village can’t absorb much more in terms of taxes,” he said. “We won’t be seeing any new capital projects in 2011 because we don’t have the money. We will spend our money on repairing the things we have.” Acton says there are some big-ticket items on the horizon that can’t be avoided, including replacing Pat Duke Arena, which has a 10-year lifespan left. “Even if we were to go to referendum and borrow the money for it, the interest rate would break our back,” he said. That’s why the village will spend much of the new year focused on economic development and trying to determine ways to bring new business to town. “This is the first time the village has put money in the budget for an economic development process in a long time,” said Acton, adding that a committee of council and residents will be formed.
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Vernon politicians will be getting down to work on hammering out a 2011 budget. A special committee of the whole meeting will be held Jan. 12 from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. so members of council can review the proposed financial plan. Council has set a goal of a zero per cent tax increase for this year but administration has recommended against such a move.
“Residents can’t absorb much more in terms of taxes.” — Kevin Acton Among the issues that will be considered is how to get businesses to move into the industrial park. “We have 100 acres out there and it’s paying little in taxes,” he said. Other possible options are seniors’ housing to draw new residents to Lumby and Acton believes the village should look at incinerating garbage. “I have a vision of turning waste into energy. The technology for burning has got a lot better,” he said. “It could become a source of revenue for the community.” The other issue that
residents will continue to debate is whether Lumby should become the site of a provincial correctional facility. Presently, the government is seeking input from all Okanagan municipalities on where a prison should be located. “We will put it to a referendum. The government wants input by April so we’d have to do it soon,” said Acton. Acton and council have promoted a prison as a way of creating jobs, but some residents have expressed concerns that such a facility will decrease public safety and negatively impact
Lumby’s image. “I believe it’s an incredible opportunity or I would just drop it,” said Acton, adding, though, that the final decision is up to residents. “If Lumby decides it doesn’t want it in a referendum, it will go away.” The village also wants provincial approval to develop a community forest so wood is available to local mills. “Even if it’s two or three jobs that come out of it, that’s a positive,” said Acton. Another issue that will be on the agenda is governance when Lumby residents head to the polls in November to elect a council. At this point, Acton says he is willing to seek another term as mayor. “The community deserves better than a mayor that just runs for one term and then goes away. It takes time to get things done,” he said.
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Times are changing around the North Okanagan Regional District. Continuing with a process that began in 2010, many of the regional district’s 11 member jurisdictions are considering what services they want to financially contribute to. “I agree with all of the jurisdictions talking about it,” said Herman Halvorson, chairperson. “It (NORD’s mandate) could be downsized further. After all, it’s taxpayers’ dollars we’re talking about.” In Greater Vernon, there is uncertainty over the parks, recreation and culture function, and whether it will remain as is, undergo some form of restructuring or if participants will opt to go it alone. Similar discussions are revolving around the water service. “I’d like to see something resolved on parks and recreation, and water in Greater Vernon,” said Halvorson, who admits that the ongoing debate and friction has dominated a lot of NORD’s activities. “It takes a heck of a lot of time to deal with it.” No matter what form of administration occurs for parks and water, Halvorson is confident that the needs of Greater Vernon residents will continue to be served. “All of the parks will run. It will just depend on who administers them, and that’s the same for water. The pipes will keep flowing,” he said. Elsewhere, other jurisdictions are considering their future in services ranging from the fire training centre to funding Okanagan Symphony and St. John Ambulance. “Others are looking at Silver Star planning and whether they want to be in it,” said Halvorson. Halvorson believes changes in structure can be positive and he points to parks and recreation, dog control and cemeteries in Enderby and Area F. Administration has shifted from the NORD office to Enderby city hall. “People are happy with it because if there are issues,
“It’s taxpayers’ dollars we’re talking about.” — Halvorson they can deal with it right here,” said Halvorson, who is director for Area F (rural Enderby). “If you can do the services better in-house, that’s good.” Another governance change facing the regional district is the search for a new administrator. Greg Betts will officially retire from his duties May 16. “We will be doing interviews of prospective candidates in January,” said Halvorson. “Hopefully we will have somebody in place by the end of January but if they are working they will need to give notice so they may not be here until March or April. They will then work with Greg as part of a transition.” Betts was named administrator at NORD in 2009 and he was the general manager of electoral area services for three years before that. A new initiative for 2011 is the Shuswap River watershed sustainability plan. NORD’s five rural electoral areas have committed $250,000 to the watershed sustainability fund and that could climb to $300,000 once phase one is completed. The plan will cover from Cherryville to Mara, and include issues like development, traffic on the river, bank erosion and water quality. “The Shuswap River process is to deal with water,” said Halvorson of the need to protect a vital resource. “We need to take control of that or it will come back and bite us on the long run.”
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Aboriginal youth feel accepted Continued from A1 “They have gone through so much and are here to teach us,” she said. “I used to get teased for being native, my mom’s side is white and I was afraid to say I was native, but then when I came to Fulton I felt accepted because there was a room where aboriginal students could go and hang out, and then I was connected to the hoop dancing.” Denise Dobslaff was interviewed by her son, Patrick Dobslaff, a Grade 8 student at Seaton. “There is a saying that goes, ‘We are our parents’ children and our children’s elders,’” she said. “In this school district, there are more than 150 nations represented.” In the poem written by her son, Dobslaff shares that she was, “raised as a white kid...then started asking questions. Who am I? What am I? Where am I from? I’m still trying to learn.” The book was
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By Janice Mucalov, LL.B. If you have custody of your child or chil- before the Court of Appeal (she was grantdren, can you claim retroactive child sup- ed “indigent” or poor status). port (i.e., past support) from the other parent? How far back can your claim go, and The Court of Appeal upheld her claim for how much money can be claimed? These retroactive child support for 2003, 2004 questions often trouble the courts, which and 2005. Based on four previous Supreme must weigh many factors, such as hard- Court of Canada decisions, the Court of ship on the part of the payor to pay such Appeal noted that retroactive payments back-reaching support, the delay in mak- should normally only extend back to the ing the claim, the needs of the child, any three previous years, unless there was increases in the payor’s earnings, the right “blameworthy conduct” by the payor. The of the child to share in such increase, and earliest starting date for retroactive supnon-disclosure by the payor of earnings port should be the date that notice of the increases in the past. claim was effectively given (in this case, 2001, when Ms. H ﬁrst demanded an upA recent case decided by the BC Court dated ﬁnancial disclosure statement). of Appeal sheds some light on the issues involved. Here, Mr. H’s conduct was blameworthy because he Ms. H met Mr. H when they ignored Ms. H’s repeated were 16 and 18 years old, redemands for updated ﬁnanspectively. After a year, they cial documents and didn’t moved in together, and some boost his support payments six years later, they married as his income went up. But in 1990. A month later, their the support he paid in 2001 child was born. They separatand 2002 was about the same ed once in 1992 and again in as what he should have paid. 1996. During the second sepaIt was therefore only necesration, Ms. H obtained a child sary for the court to order support order of $181 month, retroactive support for the which Mr. H paid. They recprevious years of 2003 Nick Vlahos three onciled for a time, then sepato 2005, when Mr. H should rated for the last time in 2000. have paid monthly support In 2006, they got divorced. of $323, $397 and $507, respectively. In 2001, Ms. H demanded an updated ﬁnancial disclosure statement from Mr. H. He provided this at the time, but he underestimated his income and omitted an asset (a half-interest in a house in Vernon). In 2002 and 2003, Ms. H again demanded an updated disclosure statement, which Mr. H didn’t provide. In 2005, Mr. H increased the monthly support payments. Finally in 2006, Ms. H claimed, among other things, retroactive child support, based on the fact that Mr. H’s income had shot up signiﬁcantly over the past few years. She had a lawyer at trial, but she represented herself
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If a change in the other parent’s circumstances (e.g., an increase in their income) would allow a bump in child support, it’s critical that you don’t delay your claim for past child support too long. You’re expected to be vigilant and prompt. The courts note that it’s hard for the paying parent to pay a retroactive lump sum judgment. Also, you cannot claim retroactive child support once your child becomes an adult. Consult your family lawyer for speciﬁc advice.
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he year 2010 will find a place in B.C. history for several things, from the triumphant Olympics to the abrupt resignations of Premier Gordon Campbell and NDP leader Carole James. But it’s another development that could prove more significant. Not only were the province’s two main political leaders shaken loose, the whole structure of party politics has undergone what may be a permanent shift. Suddenly there are four independent MLAs in the Legislature. In 2009, Vicki Huntington was elected as such in Delta South, Tom Fletcher which could be written off as an oddity of an insular community. But this year, Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom quit the Liberal caucus over the HST. Then Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson was expelled from the NDP caucus for criticizing James and Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett was booted out of the Liberal caucus for breaking ranks over Campbell’s leadership. Simpson and Bennett were widely seen as being punished for saying what many were thinking – that their party leaders had become liabilities. Simpson has taken things a step further. He has given up his NDP membership, reasoning that a new leader won’t change the fundamental problem. And that is the party system itself. It’s no mystery why half of eligible voters didn’t bother to cast a ballot in 2009, Simpson says. Their disgust can be understood by anyone who knocks on doors to campaign. They all promise the same thing, he says: “… send me to Victoria. I will represent you. I will break that cycle of going down to Victoria, then coming back and telling you what’s good for you.” But then the two dominant parties, the NDP and the Liberals, impose their policies. MLAs
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are “whipped,” an unusually truthful bit of parliamentary jargon, to follow the party line. A majority means absolute power, held tightly in the premier’s office. Huntington proved that independents can get elected. Since then, she says she has seen the negative effects of party politics up close. She was appointed to the standing committee on Crown corporations. In a year and a half it has yet to meet. Committees that do meet are controlled by a government majority. Opposition MLAs ask only negative questions, turning the committee into the same kind of Punch-and-Judy show one sees in question period. It’s all about scoring partisan points, not solving problems. Why would the public take it seriously? Simpson has been pleasantly surprised about his sudden transition to independent MLA. The rules allow him two staffers at the legislature, instead of a share of opposition resources that mainly serve the leader’s priorities. Now when he takes a constituency problem to a cabinet minister, he is no longer viewed as a member of the enemy camp that is trying to unseat the government. They can actually talk about solutions. Lekstrom has been sitting in on a series of meetings with B.C. Liberal leadership hopefuls over the problems of the Agricultural Land Reserve in the Peace country. In short, the ALR makes no sense up there and is actually pushing people out of farming. As an independent, Lekstrom can work on that without worrying about an uninformed backlash from the populous south. Bennett, like Lekstrom, occupies a constituency on the Alberta border with an independent streak as wide as the main street. Both are seen as heroes at home, and if they ran as independents in 2013 they would probably do better without the party baggage. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
The past 12 months were as busy as ever, with countless changes occurring. With 2010 all but behind us, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2011, including the possibility of major changes with our elected officials. Much like a few years ago, when we had municipal, provincial and federal elections within a 12-month span, voters could be facing a tsunami of democratic opportunities. Provincially, card-carrying B.C. Liberal and NDP members have the chance to participate in choosing their respective leaders in the coming months. With the new Liberal leader also becoming B.C.’s next premier, there’s the possibility of a provincial election, should the new leader decide to seek a mandate from voters ahead of the next scheduled general election in 2013. There’s also the efforts to recall a number of Liberal MLAs over the imposition of the harmonized sales tax, and a provincewide referendum over the HST. Federally, there’s a strong chance of another election, as Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minority government is now into its third year and could go after the majority the PM so dearly covets. And voters region-wide will also head back to the ballot boxes in the fall for the regular round of local government elections. With voter apathy already trending toward atrophy, ‘voter fatigue’ is a very real possibility for 2011, but it’s also a great chance for the electorate to get excited and involved in democracy. — Nanaimo News Bulletin
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EDITOR: GLENN MITCHELL
HST hurts the working class
harles Wills stated that, “Premier Campbell should be made to suffer in some way for his arrogance, stupidity and foolishness as a result of how he introduced the HST – stealth and a scarcity of good information.” Well, perhaps Mr. Wills should know what Campbell did is typical of Conservative/Liberal tactics and has nothing to do with stupidity. It just more “class-war” being carried on by the Liberals and Conservatives against the general public – by ignoring them and serving the interests of the rich and powerful. This wealthy class has throughout history opposed democracy (the will of the people) and all regulations and taxes which hinder their making of profits. And with the HST – a regressive and unfair form of taxation – it shifts the burden of taxation onto the middle and lower taxes. The unfairness is that the high-income earners do not spend all of their money on consumer goods so they do not pay the HST on all their earnings. However, the lower income earners pay the HST on all of their income as they need it to survive, thus it is unfair (but for the moneyed class there is no sales taxes on stock
LIBERALS WRONG I find it hard to believe the Liberal opposition has the gall to accuse our MP Colin Mayes of wasting taxpayers' money for circulating a pamphlet opposing a private member's bill, C-248, on behalf of himself and the Conservative government. That is his job as the sitting member of Parliament to keep all members of the constituency informed. Now all and sundry can speculate on the motives of our MP as much as they wish, but it will be the conclusions of the electorate that count in the end. I believe that Colin Mayes was inundated with calls and e-mails of concerned constituents who also opposed Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla’s proposed bill, which would allow a 62-year-old senior who lived his entire life in a foreign country to move to Canada and get a free pension at the age of 65 at our expense. It is all very well to say that the Liberal leadership did not support the proposed bill either. Would it be beyond the realms of common sense to ask why that same leadership did not discuss
market transactions, and their capital gains are only taxed on 50 per cent of the gains). The unfair burden of the HST can be seen that if a person makes $100,000 a year and pays $12,000 in the HST, it is barely noticed and no burden at all. But a single parent making $8 an hour (or $16,000 per year) and then has to pay about $2,000 in sales tax, it’s a hell of a burden and completely unfair. When taxation was first being devised – and is still acknowledged by at least 90 per cent of political economists – it was concluded that the fairest form of taxation is “progressive taxation” (the more you make, the higher the rate)
the ramifications of such a bill in caucus, especially as Bob Rae was a supporter. If they did, are they, as I suspect, without discipline, preferring to imply racial overtones to the government's decision of fairness to all Canadians? It is this type of Liberal thinking that makes me so glad that we have a Conservative government. Ron Lovell HEY ABBOTT So George Abbott is running for leader of the Liberal Party of B.C. This is the man who promised to democratically represent his constituents, then betrayed our trust by deliberately siding with one man (Gordon Campbell) over the majority wishes of his constituents. Does he not realize more people signed the anti-HST petition than voted for him? If he believes we will reward him for his betrayal by re-electing him, he is sadly mistaken. People of his ilk refuse to understand this is not merely about whether or not the HST is good or bad.
It is, however, very much about politicians deliberately misleading the electorate to get elected. I voted for the Liberals, and hence, George Abbott, based on two very important points: (1) They told us British Columbia's economy was the best in Canada, and that we were the only province which didn't have a huge deficit, simply because of Liberal prudence and fiscal management during the height of the recession. (2) The Liberals told us the HST would be bad for B.C.'s economy and would hinder recovery from the recession, so they would absolutely not be instituting such a regressive tax measure. A couple of short months after they were re-elected, we all discovered that we had been defrauded of one of the most precious things Canada has to offer - our votes. We, the majority of citizens, will no longer tolerate this. We will no longer allow the few to thwart the will of the majority. If we, the majority, fail to decisively act now, we will forever be subject to autocratic rule. I put it to my fellow citizens that this is a matter of democracy! Robert Thibeau
for a just and civilized society. Unfortunately, the rich and powerful have pressured Conservative and Liberal politicians to initiate sales taxation (GST, HST etc.) rather than progressive taxation – to escape paying their fair share of the tax burden. The greedy politicians and the deluded go along with the “class-war” plans of the Fraser Institute, the C.D. Howe Institute and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation which are all funded by the corporations and the wealthy. Yes, Mr. Wills, the HST may save businesses $150 million in annual tax compliance, but it shifts the burden onto consumers even more costing them billions extra. The best way to save taxpayers and government millions in administration costs is to eliminate all types of sales taxes (GST, PST, HST) and re-institute the progressive form of taxation which we had in the 1950s. Lastly, taxation has normally been seventh on the list of priorities of what determines whether businesses will invest in a location or not, and Wills' claim that this will help B.C.'s recovery is again unfounded and just more gobbledegook by spokesmen for the rich and powerful and contrary to a just and civilized society. J.J. Rousso
PAYMENTS A CONCERN The latest misuse of Canadian tax dollars is the exorbitant salaries being paid to native on-reserve politicians. According to the latest figures from the Canadian Taxpayer Federation, last year, more than 80 aboriginal-reserve politicians were paid a tax-free equivalent that was higher than the salary of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. As well, 222 First Nations politicians were making more than their respective provincial premiers. One aboriginal-reserve politician in Atlantic Canada made $978,468 last year. Why do we as taxpayers constantly have to pay, then pay some more for the aboriginal leaders to live high off the hog, tax free? At the same time, provincial governments are giving away vast areas of the natural resources of the province to the local native bands. So again the average family is taxed some more to make up for this loss of provincial and federal revenues. It’s time that the Department of Indian Affairs and the provincial government get a hold of the on-
reserve payments to its native politicians and bands, and implement some accountability measures. Lee Fennell
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raise more than $76,000 in the annual North Okanagan Community Life Society Charity Golf Classic at the Vernon Golf and Country Club. The Vernon Vipers win their sixth national Junior A hockey championship in Dauphin, Man., thrashing the hometown Kings 8-1 in the Royal Bank Cup championship game. Close to 400 fans gathered at the Spirit Square complex to welcome home the Canadian champions. A Vancouver-based architectural firm has come up with two possible options for redevelopment of Kin Race Track. The North Okanagan’s first boating fatality of the year occurs on Kalamalka Lake. Police officers were called to a report of a body floating off Kekuli Bay in the provincial park. The victim was identified as a 47-year-old man from Lake Country. Greater Vernon’s water utility is being accused of hosing customers over rates. Director Gyula Kiss reviewed the utility’s finances, and says high water rates have led to $12 million being pumped into reserves. Vernon-based Kal Tire commits $100,000 over three years towards the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Building a Tower of Care campaign.
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Continued from A10 A powerful electrical storm sparked a fire in a landmark Vernon home. Lighting was determined to be the cause of a blaze that caused extensive damage to a 112-year-old house on 30th Avenue at the top of Suicide Hill. Village officials have been lobbying the provincial government since the fall to possibly bring a new regional correctional facility to Lumby. Attempts to address concerns about water restrictions have triggered a flood of complaints. The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee and the North Okanagan Regional District met to consider a new water restrictions bylaw for Greater Vernon, which has been on stage three restrictions for a month because of low snowpack and water reservoir levels. Mary Kay senior director and former RCMP member Shelly Haslett is named 2010 Vernon Woman of the Year. The only disappointing thing about the Aggression Trilogy mixed martial arts event at the Wesbild Centre was the lack of a crowd. Approximately 400 fans turned out for the 10-fight card. A former Vernon lawyer pleads guilty to theft and fraud charges at the beginning of his Supreme
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The Falkland Stampede draws a packed crowd as the top rodeo stars impress. Court trial. Edward Frederick Kenny pleaded guilty to four counts of theft over $5,000 and two counts of fraud over $5,000. The grandstands again were packed for North America’s top rodeo athletes at the 92nd annual Falkland Stampede. A landscape architect working for the North Okanagan Regional District and the City of Vernon has unveiled two draft proposals for long-term upgrades to Polson Park. Powerhouse Theatre’s presentation of Colleen Wagner’s The Monument picked up the coveted Bill Allum Cup after winning best production at the Okanagan Zone (O-Zone) Drama Festival in Salmon Arm.
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Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper christens the new Armstrong-Spallumcheen Aquatic Centre with a cannonball. declines to follow a former colleague’s lead and quit over the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). A steady flow of people tour through the classes and hallways of the old Coldstream Elementary School one last time. A new school, being built on the same site, is slated to open in the fall. Vernon politician Bob Spiers fears taxpayers could go broke paying staff at city hall. The city’s new annual report dictates that $18.8 million was paid out in earnings, expenses and allowances to employees in 2009. Investigators are looking into a fire in Enderby at an office building that was housing the Enderby Evangelical Chapel. An agency that assists special needs adults is one step closer to owning its home of
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almost 50 years. The Ministry of Education has reversed its previous decision and will now allow the Vernon School District to sell the Dorothy Alexander Centre to the Vernon and District Association for Community Living. The Kindale D e v e l o p m e n t Association announces it’s facing a projected shortfall of $350,000 for this fiscal year, the result of a 10 per cent cut in funding from Community Living BC, decreased revenue from other sources and increased costs for providing services. More than 300 people attend the Do It For Dad event at Coldstream Ranch, raising more than $25,000 for prostate cancer research. MLAs Eric Foster ( Vernon-Monashee) and George Abbott (Shuswap) are among
A plan to have lowspeed vehicles operating on city streets is nixed by Vernon council. Thousands of sunseeking visitors arrive to play in the 26th annual Funtastic slopitch tournament. Legendary Scottish rockers Nazareth headline the music festival. A single-vehicle accident on the west side of Okanagan Lake claims the life of a
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Conservation officers say a Vernon youth bitten by a coyote is a rare occurrence. The youth was bitten in a small greenbelt area near 35th Ave. and Alexis Park Dr. while walking with an adult. In a 4-2 vote, North Okanagan Regional District board agrees to a four per cent overall increase for parks and recreation operational costs. Greater Vernon’s water supply is slowly increasing, but the fear of drought persists. The Duteau Creek reservoirs are presently 94 per cent of the previous low and 75 per cent of the average, still the lowest numbers ever. C i n e p l e x Entertainment hosts a reception to unveil its renovated and re-branded Galaxy Cinemas at the Shops at Polson Park. The $3 million in renovations resulted in the seven auditoriums having all-stadium seating. The sod is turned at the site of what will be the new Vernon Secondary School. The project has been six years in the making to replace the original VSS, which opened in the late 1960s. Hundreds gather at Polson Park to take part in the annual Relay For Life, an event that honours all who have to had deal with cancer, and raise funds for cancer research. The Ministry of Transportation will review a Highway 97 intersection following a fatal accident. A Kelowna woman was killed when her vehicle was struck at Bailey Road by a southbound minivan as she tried to pull out on the highway. Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster
24 Liberal MLAs targeted in a recall campaign launched by anti-HST protesters. Spallumcheen Mayor Will Hansma is cleared of conflict of interest charges by the B.C. Court of Appeal, who dismissed an application by 39 residents seeking to have Hansma found guilty of a conflict of interest. Close to 400 people jam the White Valley Community Centre in Lumby to debate the merits of housing a new regional correctional facility in the village. Mayors Chris Pieper (Armstrong) and Will Hansma (Spallumcheen) are joined by Shuswap MLA George Abbott and Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes in doing cannonballs off the diving board to officially christen the new ArmstrongSpallumcheen Aquatic Centre. The No r t h Okanagan sports scene loses an icon with the passing of legendary boxing coach Don MacDonald at the age of 90. Vernon Vipers name Vernon native David Robinson as the team’s new captain. A day on the water appears to have turned tragic near Enderby. RCMP and Search and Rescue are called to the Shuswap River near the Mabel Lake Resort for a report of a missing rafter. The missing man is in his 20s and believed to be from Salmon Arm. The a n nu a l Funtastic Mixed SloPitch Tournament and Music Festival kicks off with an exhibition celebrity game at the Vernon Army Camp. More than 200 teams will compete in games in Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby.
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July 2010 Continued from A14 Viper veteran goal judge Martin Vandeleest is dealt a 29-point crib hand at the Army Navy Airforce Club. A chip pile fire at the Tolko mill in Armstrong sparks evacuation of 300 residents of three nearby trailer parks. Predator Ridge pro Scott Allan carded a 1-under-par 71 to claim $1,500 in the Rotary Pro-Am Tournament at the Vernon Golf & Country Club. Officials announce
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the creation of a North Okanagan rural policing unit which will cover the west side of Okanagan Lake down to LaCasa Resort, Spallumcheen, Armstrong, Falkland, Enderby and the North Okanagan Regional District areas. B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell visits the new Sparkling Hills Resort at Predator Ridge, and tells the media he is up for political challenges such as opposition to the Harmonized Sales Tax. Vernon RCMP are searching for two suspects following an armed robbery at the Safeway gas bar on 32nd Street. The B.C. Coroners Service confirms that the body pulled from the Shuswap River near Enderby is that of missing Salmon Arm rafter Bradley Paul Foubert, 20. Hundreds attend the 24th annual Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts gala at the beautiful gardens of the Caetini Cultural Centre. A beer fermenter at Okanagan Spring Brewery is blown wide open, releasing 32,000 litres of cream ale into a downtown street.
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At least four homes burn to the ground in an afternoon blaze at the Coyote Crossing Villas Mobile Home Park on Westside Road. The Kamloops Venom clip the Vernon Re/Max Tigers 5-4 to claim the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League playoff title. Vernon actress Mariel Belanger talks about her role in the Hollywood blockbuster The Twilight Saga;Eclipse. She played the role of “Third Wife.” A veteran Vernon pilot is being praised for his actions after a helicopter crashed over Lillooet. Jeff Brown, 61, was bucketing water on the Jade Mountain wildfire, in the rugged Yalakom Valley when the Transwest Helicopters Bell 214B chopper he was flying suddenly went down.
August 2010 A North Okanagan woman who got separated from two friends while floating on the Shuswap River was found. The 42-year-old woman from the Armstrong/Enderby area was cold, but safe and sound. Cramped quarters at the Greater Vernon Museum are putting stored items at risk of being damaged, according to curator Ron Candy. Canadian legendary rockers Loverboy thrill a good-sized crowd at the MotoPlex Speedway. Scott Steckly of Milverton, Ont. drives his #22 Canadian Tire Moto/Master Dodge to victory in the $95,000 A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 at the MotoPlex Speedway. Sultan, a four-yearold German shepherd
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August 2010 Continued from A15 Vernon RCMP take a 31-year-old male suspect into custody following the city’s first murder of 2010 at a downtown apartment complex. Three people are in custody in connection with an armed robbery at the downtown Scotiabank. David Dickson, 29, of Vernon, wanted on an outstanding warrant, faces eight charges after being caught by RCMP following a short foot chase near the Kekuli Bay turnoff on Highway 97. B.C. rock veteran Barney Bentall and Vernon’s star-in-waiting Andrew Allen join an amazing array of talent at the Rarearth Music Festival at Kin Race Track. Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil and partner Milos Raonic stun Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – the No. 1and No. 2-ranked tennis players in the world – in their first-round doubles match of the $2.4 million Rogers Cup in Toronto. Nathan Mayrhofer, 32, of Lumby, is identified by police as the victim of an Aug. 5 murder at a downtown city apartment classic. The accused, Kenneth Barterm, 37, is undergoing a 30-day psychiatric remand. Retiring B.C. Ambassador and former Queen Silver Star Miranda Stankiewicz is headed to France to study at the Paris Graduate School of Management.
A 25-year-old man Kelowna man drowns in Kalamalka Lake near Oyama while boating with friends. Vernon well-known guitarist Chris Madsen announces plans for a concert to raise money for the local homeless. Two weeks after winning a million-dollar Lotto Max jackpot, Della Mattson and Robert Jewitt publicly celebrate. Their good fortune was kept a secret because Mattson sells lottery tickets at Squires Four Liquor Store, prompting a B.C. Lottery Corporation review. Lumby’s Brandon Beday, 33, dies after being electrocuted while working at a B.C. Hydro substation near Cranbrook. Vernon tennis sensation Hailey Crampton secures a scholarship with the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals, an NCAA Division II school in Michigan. Federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff concedes that winning over the support of Okanagan-Shuswap voters won’t be easy. Ignatieff meets with about 150 party faithful at Vernon’s Turtle Mountain Estate Wintery. The Ministry of Transportation is moving ahead with some immediate changes to a dangerous stretch at Highway 97 and Bailey Road, south of Vernon. The body of a man is found in the Shuswap River, near the Bawtree bridge on Cliff Avenue in Enderby. He had gone missing after he jumped off the bridge.
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The Seniors Information Resource Bureau moved to a new office in the People Place in July and staff and volunteers are working to keep it a comprehensive referral centre for seniors. Manager Dayle Drury and more than 100 volunteers in the office, and the Seniors Assisting Seniors program, are always ready to do the best they can with any question. The questions might range from how to do paperwork to receiving some help getting a storage box out from under the bed. “There have been a lot of calls lately about help with shovelling snow and we hope that neighbours are helping neighbours with shoveling,” said Drury. “We work closely with all service organizations in the community so we know who can help. Many of our calls are about supporting seniors who are alone and isolated and just need a little help to maintain independence. Some people need help while they recover from a health crisis or when they have to move. Other times, it’s a letter from a government agency that seems a little intimidating. We also get calls about volunteer drivers and support with meals.” When people come into the office, Drury or one of the volunteers will talk with them and make calls to government agencies for them. “We’ve been noticing a lot more hardship,” she said. “People are actually looking for food. They don’t have enough money to pay all of their expenses because pension rates have not gone up in relation to the cost of living. More people over age 65 are needing to go back to
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investigation and have to pay for it. Many who have been long time volunteers in other organizations just don’t like the idea. Drury said that the office sees seniors who have not prepared for retirement financially or personally and many don’t have access to computers or know how to use them so can’t get the information that is now sometimes available only online. The office also provides information
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EDITOR: KEVIN MITCHELL
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mates) scored backdoor. My first foot was just getting off the ice so it was a cheesy plus.” Lazar, who turns 16 on Feb. 2 and will likely be recalled by Edmonton late in the WHL season, had one assist as Team BC grounded the major midget Valley West Hawks in exhibition play just days before Christmas in Richmond. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder says the speedy team is blessed with a nice mix of scorers and checkers and everybody gets the green light to be creative. Sanford leads POE with 45 goals and 74 points, playing alongside Mark Letourneau and Brandon Potomak. “I set the goal to make Team BC earlier and I want to be a leader on my team and get faster and stronger,” said Sanford, when asked about his preseason goals. The 5-foot-8, 145-pound forward who turns 16 in July, attended the Medicine Hat Tigers’ rookie and main camps, playing one exhibition game against the Prince George Cougars in St. Albert. He’s in Medicine Hat until Jan. 3. “It’s a lot faster and they players are a lot bigger,” said Sanford, in his third year with POE, coached by former Vernon Viper coach Troy Mick. Sanford and POE – who also have Vernon forward Michael Roberts and Armstrong d-man Dylan Chanter in their lineup – will play in the upcoming Tim Hortons Tournament in Kelowna and then head to Grand Forks, N.D. for the Little Caesar’s North American Showcase, Jan. 20-23. Bowen, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound defenceman, has registered 7-9-16 in 22 games with POE. “It’s been a good season so far,” he said. “We have
Ever wonder what happens when the home team fails to score on its Teddy Bear Toss Night? Vernon’s Curtis Lazar found out it wasn’t a pleasant experience when playing for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. The Oil Kings lost 1-0 to the Chilliwack Bruins before 5,800 bewildered fans at Rexall Place on Dec. 17. “The fans threw Teddy Bears on the ice after the game,” chuckled Lazar. “I think they were trying to hit us. We were pretty mad when we went back to the dressing room, and then they made us go clean them all up off the ice.” Lazar, a 15-year-old Vernon product who got in four games with the Oil Kings before the Christmas break, will use the major junior experience as he prepares to play for Team BC at the Canada Winter Games, Feb. 11-18, in Halifax. A centre with the Okanagan Hockey Academy prep midget team in Penticton, Lazar will join Cole Sanford of Vernon and Dylan Bowen of Lumby on the provincial Under 16 roster. “The first two games, I got four shifts, and then I got 10 shifts in the next two games,” said Lazar, taken second overall in the WHL Bantam Draft last spring. “I got a taste of the league. There are big bodies and the speed is the big difference; I was surprised. My instincts kind of took over.” Lazar, who has 13 goals and 32 points in 24 games with the OHA, even played some minutes on Edmonton’s top line with Jordan Hickmott and Dylan Wruck, getting one plus rating. “It was a two-on-one in Calgary and they (line-
a great team, a good group of guys and Sanford’s leading our team offensively. Troy (Mick) knows what he’s doing. He coaches like we’re in junior so I’m learning a lot.” Bowen, whose WHL rights have been dropped by the Portland Winterhawks, describes himself as a puck-moving defenceman. “With Team BC, I’ll probably be a fourth or fifth defenceman. It should be a lot of fun. We have lots of talent. I’ll just try and make a good first pass, keep it simple.” Team BC’s quest for gold will begin on the first day of the Games when they take on Team Quebec. Joining B.C. and Quebec in Pool A will be Ontario and Nova Scotia. Team BC hopes to improve on their fourth-place finish at the 2007 Canada Winter Games. “The opportunity to coach this talent, skilled and diverse group of players is an exciting opportunity for the staff of Team BC,” said head coach Russ Weber. “Evaluating, assessing and watching the 33 shortlisted players compete with each other and develop as high performance athletes over the past three months was a tasking job and led to some very hard decisions at all positions. The way the players competed is a compliment and all the players should be proud, selected or not.” The U16 Program is designed as an introduction to BC Hockey’s High Performance program, exposing players, coaches and officials to short-term competition. It also acts as a precursor to the BC Hockey High Performance U17 Program, which is used to identify and train players and team personnel for provincial, regional and national teams.
Vernon’s Jonathan Gardner had a second shot at a gold medal at a Tim Hortons B.C. Junior Curling Championship banner Friday morning. Gardner, the silver medallist at last year’s event, faced the winner of Thursday’s semifinal between Justin Nillson of Kelowna and Josh Hozack of Victoria in the championship game at the North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver (scores unavailable due to early deadline). The Vernon Super League skip, supported by third Michael Longworth, second Michael Hiram and lead Jonathan Hatten, finished the roundrobin first overall at 6-1 by stuffing Nillson 10-3 Thursday morning. Up by a point after five ends, Gardner cracked a four-ender in six to take a commanding lead. “We just waited for our opportunities,” said Gardner, who was left for a draw for four after Nillson (5-2) missed a hit in the sixth end. “We came out and controlled the game.” With Nillson pushing for a steal, the Gardner rink, coached by Mark Longworth, booked its passage to the finals, with three more points in the ninth end.
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hink we can top 2010 sports fans? Going to be tough after the Saints stopped the Colts in the Super Bowl, the Blackhawks finally won a Stanley Cup, Spain ruled the World Cup and Canada claimed a record 14 gold medals at the Vancouver Olympics. Oh, and the Vernon Vipers took a second straight Royal Bank Cup, giving our fair city a record sixth national junior A hockey championship. Don’t forget Henrik Sedin, who I used to call a Sedin Sister. I’m so ashamed. He collected the Hart and Art Ross Trophies, and every night, makes Kevin Mitchell the Canucks worth watching. Wouldn’t it be cool if the Vipers and Canucks both won titles in the same year? Could happen. Perhaps the most fitting quote from the Vancouver Winter Games, considering all the instant technology out there these days, came from Canadian bobsledder Helen Upperton. Asked how she focussed for competition, Upperton replied: “My sister locked me out of my Facebook.” I’m coaching a Bantam House hockey team again this year with Steve Cousins and Rob Maxwell. As the players prepared for a recent game, talk centered around “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and “Halo: Reach.” I looked at Rob and asked him if he knew what the kids were talking about. “I believe it’s a video game,” he laughed. Forget the old mental imagery we used to teach athletes. Even the pro athletes are using video games, iPod Touch, 3D movies, MP3s and Androids to get pumped for the big game. My mother and I have debated the art of boxing for decades. She says it’s barbaric. I say it’s a sweet science with willing fighters, and
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Speed skater Denny Morrison (left) and teammates Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux (lower right) celebrate skating to a gold medal in the Men’s Team Pursuit. watching Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines throw a combination is pure poetry. Too bad Pacquiao wasn’t around in the 1980s when Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler were drawing sellout arenas for closed-circuit viewing in places like Nanaimo and Victoria. Let’s hope Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather meet in what would be a classic sometime in 2011. Anyway, here is my 20th annual wishes for the new year, from this corner often called the Toy Box in journalism circles. Things I’d like to see happen in ‘11.... ■ Lindsey Vonn and Hannah (Sweet Cheeks) Teter start poking me on Facebook. ■ Colton Sparrow of the Vipers register his first BCHL snipe. ■ Tom Kowal referee an NHL playoff game. ■ Nick Turik buy another round. ■ Golf pro Jesse Crowe caddie for Chris Baryla in the Canadian Open. ■ Baryla win two PGA Tour events. ■ Sandra Bullock connect with Bob Powls on E-Harmony.
■ More re-runs of According to Jim and ■ Colton Yellowhorn of the CHL Allen Americans get a one-game trial with the Two-And-A-Half Men. ■ Brad Hanson outscore Gordie Howard. Columbus Blue Jackets. ■ Music diva Pink marry outfielder Cliff ■ Apolo Anton Ohno, Denny Morrison and Shani Davis sign with the New York Floyd and tour as Pink Floyd. ■ The Wilson sisters and Heart play Islanders. Funtastic. ■ Sidney Crosby score 87 goals. ■ Maddie Kaneda light it up for the UBC ■ Eric Godard speedbag Jody Shelley. ■ Roberto Luongo’s wife Gina deliver Okanagan Heat. ■ The Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills go their next child in a Vancouver hospital. Seems only fitting since the city pays his 10-6. ■ The Oilers draft Dylan Walchuk. humongous wages. ■ Connor and Kellen Jones take batting ■ Odie Lowe teach me how to score more practice with the Red Sox. goals on Tuesday nights. ■ Jody and Sherryl Lambert throw a ■ Jonathan Toews hang out with Jeff classic summer pool bash with Trooper and Finger. ■ My son Nick, 10.8 years, get noticed by April Wine. ■ Roger Knox win the Lotto Max. the Oilers and Whitecaps. ■ My daughter Kristi, 22.4 years, start ■ The WBC, WBA, IBF and UFC merge hanging out with the Oilers again...just so I with HBO, ESPN, A&W and KFC. ■ Don Cherry interview Shonn Greene, can score some free tickets in the golds. ■ Clean bill of health for Reni Dolcetti Daryl Strawberry, the waitresses from the No. 5 Orange and the cast of The Colour Purple. and both my extraordinary parents. ■ Joey Votto bat .400. ■ Alex Ovechkin host Saturday Night ■ LeBron James and the Heat lose in Live. ■ Former Viper colour analyst Shawn round one of the playoffs. Scott propose to Rene Malowany at halftime of the Super Bowl. ■ Kellie Pickler, Sean Avery and Gilbert Arenas appear on Championship Jeopardy. • Headaches • Neck Pain Now ■ Jeff Parker caddy for Christina • Low Back Pain • Tendonitis Accepting • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Lecuyer. • Frozen Shoulder • Muscle Strains New Patients ■ The Hanson Brothers crash Jason Including Williamson’s wedding. Children, ■ My son Max, 14.4 years, score the ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft Pregnant and winner from the point as the Denny’s tissue system / movement based post-pregnancy massage technique that treats Saints beat Norm Day’s DCT Trucking welcome problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves Red Bulls. th ■ Ben Lovejoy of the Penguins find 3105 - 34 Avenue, Vernon • 250-545-2468 www.activerelease.com peace. ■ Model Brooklyn Decker marry former Canadian national soccer coach Ian Bridge. ■ Jay Onrait of TSN and actor Will Ferrell host Monday Night Football. ■ Justin Bieber date Miley Cyrus.
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Aidan Demetrick ((left) and Marlon Wilson enjoy playing with the Vernon Scoregasms hockey team.
The Vernon Scoregasms are not your ordinary hockey team. For starters, there are five Toews brothers on the roster. And many of the players have developmental delays like Down Syndrome or autism which does not slow down their energy or love of the game. Their brothers and sisters join them on the ice. The Scoregasms, with Rob Morris as head coach of a staff including Craig Demetrick, Mike Pitura, Tony Sammartino, Alyson Lypchuck, Arlen Maguire, Rick Toews and Troy Sawada, played the Kelowna Wildcats before the Christmas break. Marlon Wilson enjoyed a good two-way game with several scoring chances, while Carson Maguire won several face-offs and Shelby Maguire was solid defensively. The coaches also noted that Wyatt Reimer was a buzzsaw, working hard at both ends of the rink, and Coltan Boomer scored once with an assist by Aidan Demetrick. Jace Toews was a tenacious
checker, while Kade Toews was stellar defensively, preventing several goals. Landon Toews was good on the forecheck, causing the Wildcats to turn the puck over several times, while 2-foot-6 Marek Toews was huge, earning game with two goals and an assist. Sterling Bryant took several good shots and scored once, while being a fan favorite with his own cheering section. Amy Demetrick connected after several breakaways, while Aidan Demetrick converted a pass by Marek Toews. “Aidan showed spirit by celebrating his goal by doing the bench skateby high five to his teammates like he sees the players do at the junior games,” said coach Morris. James Bridger was good in his own end and generated a couple of nice scoring opportunities. Missing were Solomon Wilson and Naden Toews. The Scoregasms practise Saturdays from noon until 1 p.m. at Priest Valley Arena. New players are welcome. Call Craig at 550-5996.
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Vipers bank first win over ‘Backs Morning Star Staff
Kyle Murphy was nearly a no-show for the Vernon Vipers’ return to B.C. Hockey League action Wednesday night against the Salmon Arm SilverBacks at the Sunwave Centre. He and fellow east coasters John Knisley and Mike Zalewski had to contend with a blizzard which delayed and re-routed flights after Christmas. Murphy, who spent the holiday with his family in Fair Haven, N.J., spent all day Tuesday travelling to B.C. via Philadelphia, Toronto and Vancouver. The Vipers are thankful he did because he collected two goals and an assist to earn first star and help Vernon double the ‘Backs 6-3 before 1,400 fans. It was the Snakes’ first win against the SilverBacks in five meetings this season. The two teams played again Thursday night at Wesbild Centre, and Vernon hosted the Penticton Vees, first in the Interior at 25-11-21, Saturday (visit www.vernonmorningstar.com for game recaps). “It was a big game for us. We haven’t had a lot of success against them, so to get a win on the road was huge,” said Murphy, who joined the Vipers from the NCAA Division 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. “We definitely felt there were games where we deserved a better fate. That’s why (Wednesday) night was so big for us.” Wednesday’s win came at a hefty price, as Viper captain Dave Robinson left the game with a suspected concussion at the end of the second period after he was run into the end boards by Clinton Atkinson. The Salmon Arm defenceman reacted when Robinson sprayed netminder Kris Moore as he covered a puck. Referee Matt Thurston handed Atkinson a game misconduct for a blow to the head (major), which will be reviewed by the league. Robinson received an unsportsmanlike, and will join d-man Philip Patenaude (concussion) on the Vipers’ injured list. “Dave knows he shouldn’t have
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Viper defenceman Stevie Weinstein (#24) and netminder Kirby Halcrow collapse on a loose puck while David Robinson (#10) boxes out the SilverBacks’ Bryce Gervais in B.C. Hockey League play Wednesday night at the Sunwave Centre. done what he did. They took a liberty on him and ran him over,” said Vipers’ head coach Mark Ferner. The SilverBacks, fourth in the Interior at 23-14-1, opened the scoring on the powerplay with Brett Knowels’ 19th goal at 3:28. The Vipers, who have points in 13 straight games and are in second place at 21-8-4-6, responded with goals 28 seconds apart later in the first period. John Knisley (7th goal), with his first goal in 15 games, got Vernon on the board with a shot from the circle at 15:47. Knisley’s dip in production doesn’t concern Ferner one bit. “He’s so good in other areas, and he’s going to get his opportunities. He doesn’t change the way he plays,” said Ferner. Todd Skirving (4th) made it 2-1
Vernon at 16:15 with a wraparound goal on Moore (24 saves). The SilverBacks equalized two minutes into the second period with Kevin Mills’ first of the season, but Bryce Kakoske (13th), with a shot from the slot, restored Vernon’s lead at 4:31. Pat McGillis made it a twogoal cushion with his sixth of the season at 6:32. Jarryd Ten Vaanholt collected Salmon Arm’s second powerplay goal of the game at 16:15 to close the second period scoring. Murphy completed the Viper offence with two goals in the third period, one at 4-on-4 and the other a shorthanded empty-netter with 10 seconds to play. Vipers’ netminder Kirby Halcrow recorded 16 saves for the win. With Patenaude on the shelf, the Vipers went with five defencemen
Wednesday night. They were left further shorthanded when forward Aaron Hadley earned a game misconduct for a hit from behind early in the first period. “Our guys played pretty hard for being off 11 days,” said Ferner. “There’s three 20-year-olds (Malcolm Lyles, Adam Thomson and Stevie Weinstein) back there, so they can handle it. That said, we’re still looking for another guy. We need seven d-men.” SNAKE BITES: Forward Marcus Basara missed Wednesday’s game as he served a one-game suspension for being the second Viper to earn a goalie interference call in a game against the Penticton Vees on Dec. 17... Former Viper Bryton Udy recorded 33 saves to backstop the Quesnel Millionaires to a 3-2 overtime victory against the host Prince George Spruce Kings
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The Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers wrapped up the round-robin portion of the 30th annual Richmond International Midget Tournament with a 4-0 loss to the Langley Eagles, Wednesday. The Vipers finished at 1-2-1. The Tier 1 crew, coached by Jim Armstrong, had several quality scoring chances but couldn’t convert, falling behind 1-0 after 20 minutes. Colton Thibault hustled all game and was a physical force,
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earning game MVP honours. The Vipers will wrap up the 28-team tourney with a consolation contest in a cross-over game. In the 10-team Major Midget portion of the tournament, Vernon’s Curtis Lazar scored once unassisted in the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s 4-3 loss to the Vancouver NE Chiefs. The OHA, whose leading scorer Matt Needham is up with the Western League Kamloops Blazers, faced the Wenatchee Wild in their last round-robin
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game Thursday afternoon. At the 33rd Mac’s Midget Tournament in Calgary, the Okanagan Rockets ended preliminary play by falling 8-3 to the St. Albert Sports Raiders. Jedd Soleway scored once, from fellow Vernon products Alex Gillies and Jordan Burns. The Rockets got other goals from game MVP Josh Ellis and Luke Harrison. Vernon’s Alex Jewell and Nathan Browne each had one assist for the 0-4 Rockets.
Wednesday night, Gardner stopped Erik Leisinger of Prince George 10-5. Down a point after three ends, he exploded for four in the fourth end to jump in front. After three ends of backand-forth play, Gardner collected three points in the eighth end to force handshakes. In the women’s draw, Jenn Gerow ended the round-robin in a three-way tie for second at 5-2 with Corryn Brown of Kamloops and Falcon Burkitt of Prince George. Defending champion Dailene Sivertson of Victoria earned a berth in the final by finishing first at 6-1. Gerow advanced to the Thursday night semifinal based on cumulative statistics for the pre-game draw to the button. She faced the winner of a Thursday afternoon tiebreaker between Brown and Burkitt. Gerow, backed by third Kayte Gyles, second Melissa Moen and lead Vanessa Samborsky, ended preliminary play Thursday morning with a 7-0 shellacking of Brown. After surrendering a deuce to Gerow in the first end, Brown blanked the second and third, only to watch Gerow burgle five points over the next four ends to force handshakes. Gerow, whose rink also plays in the Vernon Super League, needed just four ends to dispatch Trail’s Megan MacKay 9-1 Wednesday night. She opened by pocketing four points in the first end, and followed that with steals of three and two in the next two ends. MacKay (0-6) earned a single in four before calling it a day. The men’s and women’s winners will represent B.C. at the Canadian championships next month in Calgary.
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Vernon Centre Open Houses To announce the Winter Season of classes at the Taoist Tai Chi Hall, we will hold two Open Houses:
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Thursday, January 6, 2011 7:30 - 8:30 PM
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Classes commence the week of January 10, 2011.
NOTEBOOK BADMINTON - Drop-in badminton sessions go Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. for women and Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10:15 -11:45 a.m. Fridays for co-ed. Cost if $5. BASKETBALL - Drop-in basketball goes Sundays from 12:30-2 p.m. at Priest Valley Gym. $5 fee. BOXING - The CounterPunch Boxing Club (member club of Boxing B.C.) is operating at BreakAway Fitness. Competitive and recreational boxing offered for men, women and children. Head coach is Tony Stamboulieh (260-1082). BOXING - The Vernon Boxing Club trains from 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturdays from noon-2 p.m. in the basement of Priest Valley Gym. Kickboxing sessions go Wednesday and Friday nights from 7-9 and open
training Saturdays at 1 p.m. The club welcomes new members male and female 11 years and older. BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU - Classes Mon-Sat with adult, women’s and kids programs available at Gracie Barra Vernon Jiu Jitsu & MMA. 5 – 740 Waddington Drive. Call Mario Deveault at (250) 804-9262. LACROSSE - The North Okanagan Minor Lacrosse Association will hold its annual general meeting Sunday, Jan. 16 at the Halina Centre inside the Vernon Rec Centre from 3:15-5:15 p.m. Registration forms for the 2011 season are available at Sun Valley Source For Sports and Intstant Replay Sports in Vernon, and Diana’s Monogramming in Armstrong. SKATING - Vernon Skating Club is registering for
learn to skate programs beginning Jan. 4. Log on to www.vernonskatingclub.ca or call Heather Stranks at 260-6632. SOCCER - Men’s 45+ indoor soccer session goes Sunday nights from 7:30-9 at the VantageOne Soccer Centre. Call Tim Penaluna at 250-379-6870. SOCCER - There are two men’s soccer teams looking for players to compete at the 2013 Worlds Masters Games in Torino, Italy. 50+ and 40+ players should contact Kerry Zubot at (250) 549-5111. VOLLEYBALL - Adult drop-in volleyball sessions go Tuesdays from 7:30-9 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. (Tier 1 players), Thursdays from 8:15-10 p.m. and Sundays from 2-3:45 p.m. at Priest Valley Gym. $5 fee.
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After the holidays are done, Lake Country residents can get rid of their Christmas tree in an ecofriendly manner. TheCentralOkanagan Regional District will have a tree drop-off site at Swalwell Park (located on Bottom Wood Lake Road) until Jan. 31. “Your tree can have another life after the holidays,” said Rae Stewart, waste reduction facilitator. “By dropping it off, your tree will then be chipped and composted into GlenGrow. This wonderful nutrient-rich soil amendment is excellent for top dressing your lawn, ideal for use in landscaping, vegetable gardens, and even potting soil.” Before dropping your tree off for recycling, remove all decorations and tinsel, as well as the plastic bags used for transporting the tree. For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com. In Vernon, Christmas
trees can be dropped off at 47th Ave. and 20th St. in the vacant lot next to St. John’s Ambulance, up to Jan. 10.
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Lake Country residents can look for their 2011 Living Greener recycling and waste collection calendar in their mailbox in early January. The calendar contains information on garbage, recycling and yard waste collection dates; dropoff locations; community events and useful phone numbers. “Keep this one handy, it’s great for easy reference all year long,” said Rae Stewart, waste reduction facilitator with the Central Okanagan Regional District. “It showcases where to take your hazardous
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waste, who to call about pesticides, and a recycling directory so you can find out where to recycle almost everything in the Central Okanagan, from batteries to used books.” If you miss your copy of the Living Greener calendar, it is available online at regionaldistrict.com. You can also pick up a free copy at the Lake Country municipal office or at the Glenmore landfill. North Okanagan Regional District recycling calendars have already been mailed out. Visit rdno.ca for more information.
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DISTRICT OF COLDSTREAM PILE DRIVING IN JANUARY 2011 DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLDSTREAM’S GRID ROAD As construction of the Grid Road (extension of College Way) continues, the contractor will start driving steel piling for the railway bridge abutments near the Kalamalka Road/Husband Road intersection. They will be using an impact hammer that will produce moderate vibrations in the immediate area and signi¿cant noise. During this time, there will be no impact to general traf¿c patterns and/or movements. Dates: Hours:
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UBC professor has been named to research chair Black Press
Barbara Pesut, assistant professor of nursing at UBC Okanagan, has been named Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity. Pesut’s research involves developing treatment approaches for quality end-of-life health care, specifically for people who are at
risk for health disparities due to geographic, cultural, or social differences. One of 15 new Canada Research Chairs at UBC, Pesut is among 310 new research chairs named across Canada in celebration of the national research program’s 10th anniversary. As a Tier Two Canada Research Chair,
Pesut will receive $500,000 over five years. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has awarded Pesut $38,521 from its Leaders Opportunity Fund for research infrastructure associated with the new Canada Research Chair award. Pesut is part of a research team at UBC focused on helping families provide care for
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NOTICE OF LEASE
City of Vernon CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL
Notice is hereby given that City council will hold a Public Hearing to hear representations of interested persons or persons who deem their interest in property affected by the below-mentioned bylaws at 5:30 pm on Monday, January 10, 2011, in council Chambers at City Hall, 3400 - 30th Street, Vernon, BC: BYLAW #5295 (ZON00170 - REZONING BYLAW) Location:
Until January 10, 2011
1540 Kalamalka Lake Road (see map at right)
Christmas Tree drop off site: 20th Street and 47th Avenue St. John Ambulance Lot.
Legal Description: Lot 1, Plan 26791, Sec. 34, Twp. 9, ODYD Applicant:
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Residents of the City of Vernon, District of Coldstream, and B.X. are invited to take their Christmas trees to the drop-off site located at 47th Avenue and 20th Street in the vacant lot next to St. John Ambulance, up to January 10, 2011.
C11 — Service Commercial
I4 — Business Park
To rezone the property to allow for the construction of an ofﬁce and staff training centre.
Christmas Trees will not be picked up with your residential refuse. No plastic bags or other debris is to be left at the site. This no cost service is provided to residential customers by the City of Vernon, District of Coldstream and the Regional District of North Okanagan. Christmas trees can also be taken to Regional landﬁlls free of charge until the end of January 2011.
BYLAW #5296 (ZON00171 - REZONING BYLAW) Location:
1714 Kalamalka Lake Road (see map at right)
The program is advertised in the local paper to make the citizens of Vernon aware of the location and dates of this service.
Legal Description: Lot 2, Plan KAP84037, Sec. 34, Twp. 9, ODYD
For further information, please call (250) 54-WORKS or 250-549-6757.
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C11 — Service Commercial
CD5 — Comprehensive Development Area 5
To rezone the property to allow for the land to be redeveloped as a neighbourhood centre as per the applicable Ofﬁcial Community Plan policies.
SISTER CITIES COMMITTEES — TWO (2) VACANCIES TO FILL The Council of the Corporation of the City of Vernon is seeking to ﬁll two (2) vacancies on the Sister Cities Committee. The Committee’s purpose is to facilitate the exchange of information and cultural experiences between the City of Vernon and its Sister Cities and other municipalities as directed by the Mayor. The appointments are for a two (2) year term. If you are interested in serving the community on this committee, you may pick up a copy of the Terms of Reference and a volunteer application form at Reception at City Hall or on the City’s website at www.vernon.ca. Applications will be accepted at City Hall no later than Friday, January 7, 2011
NOTICE OF LEASE FIRE STATION HOSE TOWER In accordance with Section 26 of the Community Charter, notice is hereby given that the Council of the City of Vernon intends to lease 288 square feet, more or less, at 3401 – 30th Street (Fire Station Hose Tower), for the purpose of an emergency response facility to accommodate on an interim or permanent basis the communication hub equipment required to receive and transmit emergency response radio and telecommunications signals, to the Regional District of North Okanagan. The Agreement is for a term of 5 years. The annual base rent is $12.50 per square foot of Rentable Area X 288 square feet = $3,600.00 annually. Inquiries with respect to this matter may be directed to the Fire Chief, at 250-5503561, or in writing to 3400 30th Street, Vernon, BC, V1T 5E6.
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Enquiries relative to the above proposed bylaws should be directed to the Planning Department, located at City Hall, 3400 - 30th Street, Vernon, B.C. or by calling 250-550-3634. A copy of the bylaws and relevant background documents are available for inspection during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), Monday to Friday inclusive (excluding Statutory Holidays) from January 3 to January 10, 2011. Any correspondence relating to these applications can be delivered to the Corporate Ofﬁcer, City of Vernon, 3400 - 30th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5E6 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All correspondence and petitions received between January 2, 2011 (the date of notiﬁcation) and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2011 shall be copied and circulated to the members of City Council for consideration before the Public Hearing. Any submissions received after 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2011 will not be accepted. Correspondence and emails must include your name and civic address. You may present your verbal submissions and speaking notes at the Public Hearing. If you are unable to attend, you may appoint an agent to act on your behalf. NO REPRESENTATION WILL BE RECEIVED BY COUNCIL AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC HEARING.
City Calendar DATE Mon., Jan. 10, 8:40 am Mon., Jan. 10, 1:30 pm Wed., Jan. 12 8:30 am Fri., Jan. 14 8:30 am
MEETING Committee of the Whole of Council Regular (Open) Meeting of Council Special Committee of the Whole BUDGET Special Committee of the Whole BUDGET
VENUE Council Chambers Council Chambers Council Chamber
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