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%


You can easily get a full screen view of the chart by clicking on this symbol fullscreen in the Scribd controls just above.

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.

Peoria …

Words_Snip… The ecstatic feeling one gets from relieving a full bladder

*from the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational  where they asked readers to “Use a real place name, from anywhere in the world, as a new term” .

Some Thoughtful and Timely Advice

The Internet has offered us many facile ways of expressing approval (like, favorite, share) but few ways of being kind. It might be that the greatest act of kindness on the Internet is to be quiet. Not to be forever silent, but at least listen and learn before expressing outrage or anger, and to realize that kindness will not always take the form of approval.

A beautiful meditation on kindness by Casey N. Cep.

As I’ve written before, it’s more important to understand than to be right – and we often forget that, online and off.

* From Explore here 

CSRD – Free Yard and Garden Waste Event

Please remember that the FREE YARD AND GARDEN WASTE EVENT starts this Saturday for Revelstoke and the Shuswap, and on the 19th in Golden.

Also check when the nearest Hazardous Waste Round up will be to dispose of your flammable, corrosive, toxic and poisonous materials free!


Carmen Fennell-Waste Reduction Facilitator

What Rhymes with Contentious?

From the Twitterverse today

While lay folk and folk scientific
Nearby and across the Pacific
Have called Pierre’s bill
Contemptible swill
To him it is simply terrific.

Tempest in a Teapot – Take Two

The second hubbub seems also to be misplaced. That’s the one involving the city’s decision to go ahead with the purchase of a work truck from a Kamloops’ dealer rather than a higher price one from a local dealer.

Now, I’m not party to the inner goings on here. Furthermore, like many of you, we go out of our way to keep as many of our purchases in Salmon Arm as possible. An ironic truth though is that it’s been a hard slog for me to reach any automobile deal here in town.

It seems to me that vehicles are a fairly common commodity. Internet quotes will yield some pretty comparative pricing for even the  average consumer.

While there have been other instances where the city could/should have been giving more priority to purchasing locally (services especially), I feel that they shouldn’t be raked over the coals on this one.

To me, it looks more like a situation where local auto dealers may have missed an opportunity by not sharpening their pencils enough when quoting on a run-of-the-mill commodity.

Also, on the surface of it all, it seems reasonable to factor in upfront mileage costs in a final determination. I think that most careful consumers look at repair cost and mileage data in their decision-making.

Check out the Observer article Council picks lowest cost over shopping local (Labere: March 25 2014).

While I think that the local politicos are getting an unfair rap on this one, be sure to leave your own quotes in the Comment section.

Kids & Their Parents’ Tweets

My son just referred to asparagus as “Spartacus” and I never want to correct him.

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

Tempest in a Teapot- Take One

The hubbub over our MLA’s use of sanctioned travelling expenses for accompanying people (often spouses/family members), given the data at hand,  is misdirected imo.

The legislation permitting these expenses is reasonable and so too is Greg Kyllo’s claiming of it.

See the Observer article  Kyllo defends spousal trips (Labere: April 1 2014) for the discussion.

Magnificent Mt Ida

There’s been a wonderful weather combo of fresh snow, swirling clouds and clear skies lately.

Here’s Mt Ida in all of its glory.

Thanks to Brad Calkins for permission to use his images (first two photos) and one of certainly lesser quality from me that same day via my smartphone.


Mt Ida rising through the mist! Mist all burned off in 5 mins, now the sun is shining …


Jet trail climbing Mt Ida at sunset

Mt Ida_Clear

Monday March 31st

Amazing Image: An Afternoon on Mars


Mosaic panorama of MSL Mastcam images acquired on mission Sol 582 (March 27, 2014). Post-processing included bad pixel cleanup, HDR toning and some image cloning along lower right edge.

Featured in a Wired.com article by Adam Mann here www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/03/curiosity-chimra-thwac…

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Composite by Jason Major.

An Afternoon on Mars