“King Con” by Duncan Morris

As Canada joins the escalating tension in the Ukraine, we should take a second look at the stats that led Mr. Putin, ever the opportunist, to call for “federalization” and bolster the ranks of the “anti-government terrorists”.

According to a recent survey commissioned by the International Republican Institute,90 per cent of those in western Ukraine want the country to enter an economic union with Europe, while 59 per cent of easterners want to join a Moscow-led customs union with Kazakhstan and Belarus. Only 7 per cent of easterners expressed strong support for the protests against (the pro-Russian) Yanukovych, compared with 66 per cent of westerners.

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Early Bird Registration deadline for the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival

Salmon Arm, BC May 16 – 18, 2014

The Early Bird Registration deadline of April 25 is fast approaching! Join us in the beautiful Shuswap May 16 – 18, 2014 for the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort in Salmon Arm, BC. Learn tricks of the trade, submit a sample of your writing for critiquing by an author or an editor, and enjoy networking with your fellow scribblers. This year’s presenters are:
Carmen Aguirre
Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Ann Erickson
David Essig
Diana Gabaldon
Gary Geddes
C.C. (Chris) Humphreys
Editor – Shelagh Jamieson
Ursula Maxwell-Lewis
Agent – Carolyn Swayze
Publisher – Howard White
For more information on the festival or for media interviews, please contact Kelly Hopkins at mandokelly@hotmail.com or call her at 250-832-4990. Details can also be found at www.saow.ca

That Is All … and Everything


Kids & Their Parents’ Tweets

Having kids is not for everyone, but if you like awesome science experiments that last decades, it’s kind of cool.

* From the Huffington Post’s Best Parenting Tweets of the Week

Salmon Arm Mail-In Ballots and Industrial Revitalization Tax Exemptions

mail in ballotToday’s Development & Planning Agenda had two interesting items on the slate.

One was a bylaw amendment to permit mail-in ballots in the local government elections this November.It’ll be a narrow window between the official finalization of the candidates’ list, time to actually print the ballot and then have them mailed out and returned before the close of the  General Voting Day.

This is a good idea given the size of our retirement population and the propensity  for a sizeable number of folks to be away in mid-November.

The  other key issue for consideration was that of the proposed Industrial Revitalization Tax Exemption Program – similar in intent to the Downtown exemption program – where businesses investing in new or reno construction in industrial areas are exempt from taxation on new improvements at a sliding rate over 5 years. For the Industrial Exemption, the improvements have to be over $500,000. See pages 39 – 76 of the agenda here.

Interesting to note the mention that “staff remain skeptical of the merits of such a program”.

Time will tell where these issues ended up. I’ll update when I find out.


Geiclone …

Windstorm followed 15 minutes later by a deluge of insurance claims

*from the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational where they asked readers  for some novel meteorological terms.

Maps improve after Moberly’s survey of the Shuswap by Jim Cooperman

Check out Jim’s follow-up post Maps improve after Moberly’s survey of the Shuswap (April 18 2014) over at shuswappassion.ca.

The fascinating 1915 Surveyor General’s map, which uses shading to show hills and mountains, provides a look at the Shuswap before most roads and bridges were built and when trails were still in use. There were only two wagon roads into Salmon Arm, one along the Salmon River and one from near Grindrod. And some routes that are only gravel roads today, were main thoroughfares, such as the Skimiken Road and the road from Falkland through Paxton Valley to Pritchard. One mystery is what happened to the well-marked “Shoot-non-hoot-looh Indian Village” located just east of the mouth of the Shuswap River on Mara Lake. In 1915, the road heading north from Grindrod ended there.

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Ray Spaxman: “Is anyone else concerned?”

Originally posted on Price Tags:

From Ray Spaxman, Director of Planning in Vancouver (1973-89):


Yesterday I visited a professional office on Seymour Street and one of the partners took me to an office on the east side of his building and said something like,

“You used to be the Director of Planning and Chair of the Development Permit Board so you can probably answer this questions. How is it that the new Telus building is projecting out over the street so that it seems that an enormous lump of it is now just a few feet from  our windows? “
Of course I had seen the projection occurring from the street and as it grew bigger and bigger I got more and more concerned about it, wondering what the rationale could be. What had happened to the numerous urban design guidelines that we had prepared over all those years that have contributed…

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FairTrade Canada by Duncan Morris


PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — With no one else on the ballot, state media reported Monday that supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100% turnout.


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Flawed Elections Act

The article Fair elections act: 7 things you may not know (CBC: Payton:April 15 2014) is a concise summary of the major things that are wrong with Harper’s Fair Elections Act.

Check it out. Some of the key points:

  • Increased loopholes for campaign spending
  • Gag order on Elections Canada
  • Voter Information cards not permitted as recognized ID
  • Federal parties don’t have to turn in receipts for election expenses claims
  • Inadequate control mechanisms for fully  investigating Robocalls

Student Pro-D Day Volunteer Trail Work at South Canoe

News Release

April 14, 2014

Student Pro-D Day Volunteer Trail Work at South Canoe

The Shuswap, British Columbia – This month and next students throughout the Shuswap are invited to join the Shuswap Trail Alliance team. Flex your trail building muscles for two special volunteer trail events – April 22 & May 16 – designed especially for students looking for something a little different to do during the upcoming Pro-D days.

Major improvements to the South Canoe trail system are underway this spring. New reroutes, bridges and culverts will open up more trails, protect streams, and improve shared use by horses, hikers, and cyclists. As well, watch for more trail signs to be installed later this spring.

Upgrade sponsors include the South Canoe Trail Advisory who are coordinating the local stewardship efforts, EQ Trail Association who donated $3000 to purchase bridge materials, Canoe Forest Products who donated bridge stringers salvaged from the old mill, Rec Sites and Trails BC who funded trail signs, the City of Salmon Arm support for lower trails and trailhead, Freedom Framing who laminated the deck stringers, and Skookum Cycle and Ski hosting the April 27th trail blitz and BBQ lunch.

Add some weight to your resumes, get a little outside time, and lay down more sweet single track to the growing Shuswap Trail legacy. Every volunteer trail day includes supervised training with safety, tool use, and team work. And come out to three or more volunteer trail events to be eligible for your very own Shuswap Trail Stewards t-shirt.

Both Pro-D Day student volunteer trail events take place at the South Canoe Trail System. Meet at 8:45 am at the South Canoe Trailhead (10th Ave SE & 70th St. SE) Bring water, lunch, work gloves, safety glasses, and a big smile!  Everyone welcome! Bring your friends. (You can even bring your parents!) For info check in at your school office to pick up permission forms, contact the Shuswap Trail Alliance at admin@shuswaptrails.com, or leave a message at 250-832-0102.

Check out the Shuswap Trails event calendar for more volunteer days throughout the region at www.shuswaptrails.com, including April 22 (Pro-D), April 26 & 27 (South Canoe), April 27 (Skimikin), May 16 (Pro-D), May 25 (South Canoe)

Skip of the tongue …

Words_Snip…  An intentional omission

*from the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational  where they asked readers to take an actual word or term and replace one or more letters with K’s, or add K’s

A Good Way to Start Your Long Weekend

This Friday at the Salmon Arm Coffee House of course!



Submitted by Connie Proteau

Community Swap Meet:  SiT Swap!

Bring goods, services or ideas you would like to barter, trade, or give.April 23, 6:30 pm at 351 Hudson AveGive and get back for a more sustainable future!
For details, or to RSVP please email shuswapintransition@gmail.com or call Karen, 250-832-7264 after 5pm

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) – Shuswap Theatre

Poster - Complete Works Of William Shakespeare Proof06For IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Shuswap Theatre’s third and final mainstage production of the current season is ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)’ . This comedy was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield and is directed by Evelyn Birch. Evelyn has had her hand in many aspects of theatre including production and acting, this is her first time directing.

This much-produced, fast-paced, gag-a-second delight deconstructs all 37 of the Bard’s plays-plus the sonnets-into a single two-hour whirlwind. Come prepared to be part of the action as the audience becomes integral to this unique experience. Whether you love or hate Shakespeare, the boundless energy and enthusiasm on stage will be sure to please. As Director Evelyn Birch put it, ““A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22 KJV).  Laughter is a universal response – all cultures, all ages, throughout time – people respond to life and its quirks with varying degrees of mirth.  Whether it’s a little giggle or a belly-busting guffaw, we all enjoy and need a good laugh from time to time”

The show runs April 25 thru May 10 – no shows Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday’s.  Opening night on Friday, April 25 will be a bit of a gala affair with wonderful complimentary appetizers, cash bar serving beer and wine and an opportunity to meet the cast and crew. Tickets are on sale now at Intwined Fibre Arts on Hudson Ave, Salmon Arm BC or at the box office an hour before curtain time. Prices are $17 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students and $5 Children, Thrifty Thursdays tickets are not sold at Intwined Fibre Arts – just at the door, $10 each, general admission.  ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is rated PG with some swearing and suggestive language as well as adult themes.

This will be Shuswap Theatre’s entry into the 2014 OZone Festival to be hosted in Vernon in May. For more information go to www.shuswaptheatre.com or call 250-832-9283

BC Economic Business – By the Numbers

A wee snippet of BC’s Economic Performance Estimates

BC Real GDP (2014) estimates range between 2.0 -and 3.0%

BC Govt’s own estimate (2014) = 2.0%       (2015) =2.3%

Consumer Price Index (2014) estimates range between 1.3 – 1.7%

BC Govt’s own estimate (2014) = 1.5%       (2015) = 1.9%


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The rest of the 16 page BC Economic Indicators report is an interesting read as well.



Kids & Their Parents’ Tweets

3yo: Why’d you check on me last night?

Me: I thought you were having a nightmare.

3yo: I wasn’t crying. I was laughing about fish.

* From the Huffington Post’s Best Parenting Tweets of the Week

“Clues and mysteries in old maps” by Jim Cooperman

Jim’s post Clues and mysteries in old maps (April 4 2014) is in itself a delightful clue to further mapping and naming installments.

Check it out!

The 2012 book British Columbia, A New Historical Atlas by Derek Hayes provides an insightful look at the history of the province using old maps. Beginning with the first, hand drawn map of this region from 1814 by famed explorer David Thompson to the Surveyor’s General 1915 map, the shape of Shuswap Lake changed as cartographers became increasingly more accurate. These maps provide clues about our region’s history as they show the locations of old trails, wagon roads and communities and they show how well the geography was understood at that time. And there are mysteries surrounding some of the names and the spellings, and the sources of the mapmaker’s information.

Having Your Say – Spring 2014

Here is where you can submit your ideas on issues that are not linked to a specific article already posted online here. Sort of an “Open Mike” crossed with a “Letters to the Editor” section where you can raise your own ideas and questions for others to see and comment on …. right here … right now!

Scratch that itch on your burning issue! What’s your take that needs to be heard? Leave your thoughts in the Comment section.

If you have a full-fledged article to post, contact me using the Contact form and we’ll arrange to get your article online.

This spot is for your ideas…. submitted via the Comments section below.