Tim Lavery Is Running for Salmon Arm Council

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I view our city like I view my own neighbourhood. 

We listen to, learn from and look out for each other.

* Please check out my campaign connections below for all sorts of election information.

Follows, Likes and passing on these links to others is the best way to help me out.

Thanks     Tim

Campaign Website including Ideas, Endorsements and My Action Plan: www.timlavery.ca

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/timlavery2014?ref=hl#!/home.php

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElectTimLavery                     @ElectTimLavery

Campaign Email: timlavery2014@shaw.ca

*Yes I’m referring to myself in the title but I wanted to work my name into the title for Google-iness!

Volunteers needed to finish upgrades on South Canoe trails – Shuswap Trails Alliance

News Release

September 22, 2014

Volunteers needed to finish upgrades on South Canoe trails

2014-04-26 Prudential Upgrades Voly Day (with horses) 009The Shuswap, British Columbia – Did you know the South Canoe Trail System is looked after by volunteer trail users just like you? Equestrian riders, hikers, and cyclists are working together to make the area safer, more enjoyable for all users, and more environmentally sustainable.

Three fall volunteer work parties are scheduled to continue working on upgrading the trails: starting this Sunday, Sept 28th, then Oct 5th, and Oct 19th. All work party days begin at 9:00 am, meeting at the parking lot on 10th Ave SE at 70th St SE. Bring gloves, weather-appropriate clothing, water and lunch. They are open to everyone – and always an enjoyable way to be outdoors and give back to the community.

An extraordinary effort of time and skill is being shared by dedicated individuals to gather stakeholders, facilitate planning, secure approvals, raise funds, assemble resources, coordinate volunteer days, haul rocks, repair trails, install culverts, build bridges, protect creeks, create signs, dig post holes, figure out maps, monitor environmental impacts, and work with City and Provincial land managers.

“We need healthy support from all users of the trail system during the volunteer days this fall to complete the current work,” says South Canoe Trail Advisory chairperson, Isabel Reinertson, adding that ongoing donations are welcomed.

The number one priority is to finish the Prudential multi-purpose trail upgrades begun in the spring. The upgrades target reducing environmental erosion and safer shared use for hikers, equestrian riders, and cyclists. Most of the work consists of labour as the material has been arranged.

Second priority is the completion of the new ‘Horsing Around’ trail that parallels the ‘Troll Bridge’ trail to give equestrians a safer connection to the Prudential trail. This alternate route for horses is almost complete. The final target for this season is completion of the Triangle Trail reroutes to reduce water issues on the bike trail.

Work this season was made possible through a $3000 donation from the EQ Trail Association combined with Shuswap Trail Alliance fund-raising totalling over $17,000, plus approximately $11,000 in additional in-kind contributions and $12,000 in volunteer labour contributed to date.

A public information session for friends of the South Canoe trail system is planned for November 27th in the evening to update on the 2014 progress and 2015 plans. Location TBA. For information on the info session check the South Canoe trail link and event calendar at www.shuswaptrails.com.

To find out more about trails throughout the Shuswap, check out www.shuswaptrails.com. And be sure to share trail maintenance needs through the trail report hotline email at trailreport@shuswaptrails.com

Photo: Shuswap Trail Alliance project leaders, Damon Kent and Jim Maybee, work with Equestrian riders, Donat Koller and Hugo Van Rooyien and a team of volunteers upgrading a section of the South Canoe Prudential Trail earlier this season. Improvements are making the trail system better for equestrian riders, cyclists, and hikers who are working together to plan fixes and new routes. More volunteer days swing into action this Sunday, Sept 28th, 9 am at the South Canoe trailhead. Also Oct. 5th and 19th, with a public information and planning gathering scheduled for November 27th. Check the events calendar at www.shuswaptrails.com for details.

“The Mores of Perception” by Duncan Morris

“There is no doubt throughout the Scientific community that we are globally facing the most profound changes ever to face mankind. Our leaders must first recognize and publicly acknowledge these changes before leading the discussion of what needs to be done.”
* For copyright purposes (of both the contributor and Aim High), Aim High Salmon Arm (salmonarm.wordpress.com) does not grant any rights for re-publication or re-use of its blog content material except in the manner described here.

Salmon Arm All Candidates Forum – Now Sunday Nov 2nd 2014

Sponsored by the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce at the Prestige 1 -4 pm

Questions are to be submitted in advance. Follow http://sachamber.bc.ca/events.php?id=1546 for more information.

In order to maximize our time with the candidates, we are collecting in advance questions from our members and the community which will be presented for response.  Advance questions will be reviewed for duplication and prioritized based on time available.

See you there!

Big Trees Saved and Other Feats

After a successful book launch of the story of the Shuswap Environmental Action Society , you can purchase the book at the Observer office. Kudos!

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“Return to Humamilt Lake” by Jim Cooperman

Check out Jim’s Oct 3 2014 full post Humamilt Lake here at his Shuswap Passsion blog.


Located about one and half-hours east of the Adams River bridge, the 12-kilometre long Humamilt Lake is by far the best small lake in the Shuswap for paddling. We canoed the east half of the lake in 2006 and on September 21st we returned to paddle the west half and enjoy what was a warm and sunny end of summer. The diversity of the shoreline amazed us, with its towering rock bluffs, wetlands, beaver dams and lodges, and massive old growth Douglas fir trees.

* image from Jim’s site and used with standing permission.

Help the new Shuswap Performing Arts Centre

Dear patron of the Arts and Culture,

 Things are progressing well with respect to our goal to build a Shuswap Performing Arts Centre. The city has purchased some land and said it would be a good place for the new facility. We will be spending the next 6-8 months working with some advisors to update our business plan. The city has said they will not give us any operating funds, so we will have to be financially self sufficent. We need some funds to get things rolling …. and here is where you fit in my friends !

Let’s get started! Help the Shuswap Performing Arts Centre happen. Aviva Insurance gives a total of $1 million to community projects.  You just have to vote once a day starting Monday, October 20 to November 3 and again November 20 to December 4. We will be eligible for up to $100,000 if we get enough votes.

Not much for you to do, just go to https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/2015/acf21051 and register to vote,

You can go there every day and cast one vote. The group with the most votes get the money !

Pretty simple. Check us out at …..  www.s-sac.com

Shuswap Trail News – Oct 7



At this time of Thanksgiving celebration our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation.

The STA TEAM would like to say THANK YOU to everyone for all your hard work and the countless volunteer hours that everyone so graciously donates. YOU are making a difference – one trail at a time.


TEACHERS / INSTRUCTORS – Want to give your students an amazing opportunity?

Shuswap Trail Alliance (STA) still has open spots with our trained trail crew to book a class or afternoon out with Mother Nature building trail.  This is a perfect way to give our youth some ownership of the trails and take a legacy into adulthood.

For more information please call Lori 250-833-6131


Here are the highlights:

  • Important Bulletins
  • SEAS – ‘Big Trees Saved’ book launch – Oct 15
  • South Canoe Logging update and Voly Day – Oct 19
  • Enderby Cliffs Voly Day – Oct 25
  • Shuswap Outdoor Club – Oct 25/26 to Nov 22
  • Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride – Nov 14
  • The Banff Mountain Film Fest – November 22 and 23
  • Shuswap Bicycle Club’s – weekly and recurring rides
  • Book a TrailRider for accessibility on trails
  • Summer trail reports to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com

Here are the details: Continue reading

Book Launch -Big Trees Saved and Other Feats – The Story of the Shuswap Environmental Action Society

The book launch for Big Trees Saved and Other Feats – The story of the Shuswap Environmental Action Society is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the hall at First United Church at 450 Okanagan Ave. SE.

The Big Trees Saved book launch will be a celebratory affair with live music, a multi-media presentation, speakers, refreshments, and books for sale.

The musical entertainment will be provided by singer/songwriter and recording artist Sylvain Vallee on keyboards. He will perform a number of songs with an environmental message, including Pipeline, the reggae protest song about the proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline.

Speakers include the author, Deanna Kawatski and Salmon Arm Mayor Nancy Cooper and Shuswap Trail Alliance Executive Director Phil McIntyre-Paul

Two More Days to Register – Not Going to Be in Town for Salmon Arm’s Local Election – Nov 15 2014?

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Mail-In Balloting is new for this election although you’re going to have to meet some tight timelines in order to use this option … and you’re going to have to register before October 15th if you want to be eligible.


Here’s the skinny:

- Salmon Arm Council has approved a Mail In Ballot for this election – that’s a good thing

- The application to be eligible for the Mail In Ballot is pretty straight-forward and is available via the link below or from city hall.

- The only way for anyone who wants to vote but who will be away before the first advance poll on Wed. Nov 5th 2014 is to register for a Mail In Ballot and you have to do this before October 15th.

That’s the start of the tight timeline but it gets even tighter.

- The actual printed Mail In Ballots won’t be available until late October (whether they are picked up (by you or a designee) or are mailed to your travelling address.

- To be counted, the ballots have to be received before the close of voting on General Voting Day (November 15, 2014). That gives 2-3 weeks max to receive the ballot and get it back into the hands of the electoral officer.

This will provide a further voting option for some folks but the ability to receive and return the ballots from international locations – exotic or not – may very well be tight.

That important Mail In Ballot registration information is at the city link here .

Don’t tarry!

More general election information for Salmon Arm is here.

The Advance Polls are:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 and Wednesday, November 12, 2014
WHERE: City of Salmon Arm Council Chambers (500 – 2nd Avenue NE)
TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m


Federal Parties’ Nominations Firmed Up (Updated)

… for the North Okanagan Shuswap – in preparation for the October 19th 2015 federal election. Originally posted on Sept 29th.

This brief snapshot will be has been clarified in the next few weeks.

NDP Jacqui Gingras
Liberals Cindy Derkaz
Green Party Dave Smith
Conservatives Mel Arnold

* As a side-note , while news of the nominations is now ‘old news’, posts on Aim High show up high in Google searches. I’ll add the candidates’ web pages as they become available so this post can serve as a launching pad.

“Rattlesnake Gulch Missoula -Lost”  by Duncan Morris

I know you’ve all been waiting for this (like a trip to the dentist) but here is the final (I promise) video of our Vivian and Duncan’s “Summer Sizzler” excellent adventure.

Malala Yousafzai Interview with Jon Stewart

A Girl with a Book

Image from Amnesty international

Canada will  award Malala with an honorary Canadian citizenship in a short while.

She will be the sixth person to receive an honorary Canadian citizenship. The previous five are:

  • Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.
  • Nelson Mandela.
  • The Dalai Lama.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • The Aga Khan.

A School of Salmon by Duncan Morris

You can easily get a full screen view of the ‘Toon by clicking on this symbol fullscreenin the Scribd controls just above.

* For copyright purposes (of both the contributor and Aim High), Aim High Salmon Arm (salmonarm.wordpress.com) does not grant any rights for re-publication or re-use of its blog content material except in the manner describedhere.

Future Tat …

An app that … will analyze a picture of that tattoo you are about to get for how deformed it will become over time after expanding, sagging, etc. Prevents that cute little butterfly from metamorphosing into an attacking pterodactyl.

*from the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational where they asked readers to suggest a humorously useful — or counterproductive — phone app.

“Route of the Hiawatha” by Duncan Morris

This is the latest (Part 3) video from our “Summer Sizzler” series. This one is called the “Route of the Hiawatha”- a rail to trail from Lookout Pass on the Idaho/Montana border in the Bitterroot Mountain range down to Pearson trail head, a total of seventeen miles with a 1,000 ft. drop through ten tunnels (including the 1.7 mile long Taft Tunnel at the start) and seven trestles’. We had to bust a move on this one again as the dogs had to be locked in the car. The iron ore and silver from the mines in Mullen were relied upon heavily to aid the war effort and the Hiawatha line was of prime interest. Hope you like it.

Shuswap Community Champion – Shuswap Community Foundation

*Click on image for a larger view

As part of the ‘Smart & Caring Communities’ initiative being spearheaded by Community Foundations of Canada, the 191 Awareness Campaign is introducing Canadians from coast to coast to the 191 community foundations that criss-cross our country, uniting our biggest cities and smallest towns, and helping communities where they need it the most. And part of that campaign is the Community Champions program.

Reminder: The Foundation’s Annual Community Meeting is being held at the Prestige on Thursday, October 2 @ 7:00 pm. Grants will be disbursed to their recipients, followed by refreshments.
Thank you.

Ineke Hughes

PS. Jennifer’s story is on the CFC’s website atwww.communityfoundations.ca under “View all Ads” at the bottom. You have to scroll down a bit to find her.

More input sought for Solid Waste Planning – CSRD

SWMP paper display ad 2014

The CSRD is still looking for residents and business owners to take a few moments to complete the Solid Waste Management Plan Survey.  We kindly ask that you forward this information to your contacts.  Changes to garbage fees and collection services are being investigated, and now is your opportunity to provide feedback.

Those who take the survey have the chance to enter to win a $250 pre paid Visa card!


Carmen Fennell | Waste Reduction Facilitator

Environmental Health Services

Operations Management

Columbia Shuswap Regional District

T: 250.833.5936 | F: 250.832.1083 | TF: 1.888.248.2773

E: cfennell@csrd.bc.ca | W: www.csrd.bc.ca


Shuswap Family Resource Centre – Fundraiser Friday October 3 2014