“The Many Roads to Campong Cham” by Duncan Morris

Just completed the 3rd video from the many hours of Go Pro filming. Here’s part II of our “Cruising Cambodia Series”.


Interesting Graphic for Visualizing River/Stream Systems

Columbia River system

 Click on image for a larger view

Okanagan Regional Library Hosting Salmon Arm Town Hall


Okanagan Regional Library Hosting Salmon Arm Town Hall

Inviting Opinions for Future Services

May 18, 2015

For Immediate Release

The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) will be hosting a public town hall on the evening of Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Salmon Arm library Branch in Piccadilly Mall. Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on the services most important and vital in the Salmon Arm and Shuswap communities.

This consultation is a next step in a two-year planning process designed to align municipal revenues with library services and address imbalances between communities in the ORL’s vast BC Southern Interior region.

“The evening is meant to be a conversation, asking attendees how they see library services changing to remain relevant and meaningful in their lives,” says the ORL’s CEO Stephanie Hall, who will be at the town hall to answer questions and gather feedback.

“We know that the Salmon Arm branch is highly valued in the community and that discussions around service changes can be difficult. That’s why it’s important to hear from library members and the public so plans can be modified or created in line with the community’s needs,” she adds.

As a regional library system stretching from Golden to Osoyoos with over 750,000 items, the ORL periodically conducts targeted reviews of different aspects of library service. This meeting is one of three town halls being organized in the ORL region as a result of a 2013 review of expenditures vs revenues conducted by Grant Thornton. The report found that spending in some communities was out of alignment with tax revenue received and the ORL Board wants to address this.

At the Salmon Arm branch, adjustments to services suggested include a closure on Sundays and a revision to reference staffing levels, with most other services staying the same.

“Our goal is to provide the best service we can with the dollars we have,” explains Hall.

Everyone is invited and RSVPs are not required. The Salmon Arm branch is located in Picadilly Mall at 1151 – 10th Avenue SW.

Here’s How To Feed An Entire Town With Spare Change

Check out Here’s How To Feed An Entire Town With Spare Change (Froelich: May 12 2015) about a unique and discrete strategy to feed those who can’t afford it.

According to the coverage from CBC’s The National, Woodstock’s approach to caring for low-income families has been so successful, many other areas are inspired to introduce similar into their own towns.

“The Secwepemc use of wild plants” by Jim Cooperman

Jim’s latest interesting read: The Secwepemc use of wild plants  (May 14 2015)

Check out his full post!

With balsamroot sunflowers now blooming on hillsides throughout the Shuswap it is a good time to reflect on the use of these plants and others by the Secwepemc people for food, medicine, technology and ceremonies. The number of plant species utilized is estimated to be over 135 and these plants probably accounted for well over half of First Nations’ nutritional needs. Anecdotal evidence also points to the exceptional health benefits of diets that included native plants.



Salmon Arm Council Holds Next Session at the Library.

May 25th at 2:30 pm. Okanagan Regional Library- Salmon Arm branch

Here’s your chance to check out some books and check out a council session as well. Drop in, say hello and catch the goings-on.

The agenda for the afternoon session is here. The link for informational correspondence sent to council for this session is here.

Council will return to city hall for the 7 pm evening session.

It’s All Right Here

I’ve been a bit behind the times but check out Louise’s full post Art is at the Heart of the Shuswap this Summer (May 1 2015) over at her “the blahgg blog”.

So next time someone asks you “should I head to the Shuswap this summer?”, I’ve got an important answer for you to deliver. Say yes. There’s only one place in North America where you can see world renowned artists Cardiff and Miller, award winning performers at Roots and Blues and ground-breaking theatrical talent at Caravan Farm Theatre. It’s all right here.

Some people have painted the Sistine Chapel …

… Others built pyramids. I once moved a baby from the car to a crib without the baby waking up.

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

All Worked Out in the Backroom First?

Not at all!

I know that this has sometimes been an accusation of some city council tables by some folks … at some times.

In my recent experience, this is far from the case and I often find myself actually craving more time for a fuller discussion – all in a public session of course.

One aspect of council’s workflow may perhaps contribute to that initial impression though.

By the time that most agenda items are on our final agenda, they have been discussed previously (usually at full length)  at various committee and input sessions. Speaking for myself, I’ll often summarize my thoughts and positions at that final council session rather than go through my whole line of reasoning (and questions) that I’ve already discussed previously. I can see how someone sitting in the gallery might think this after an item is passed with not a huge amount of debate or discussion.

Development applications are a good example of this. There can be a much more comprehensive discussion at the development and planning committee stage. By the time the proposal in question arrives at the final council session, details, implications, positions and concerns are usually understood, have already been discussed and it’s usually the summarized positions that are given preceding a vote.

At least that’s the case for me.  It’s a balancing act requiring Continue reading

Everything Is Now Possible? by Duncan Morris

On Tuesday May 5, 2015 (Cinco de Mayo-the date observed in Mexico to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, ) Rachel Notley and her Notley crew of NDPers (some as young as 20 years old) did the unthinkable, sweeping into power with an unlikely victory to end 44 years of Conservative rule in Alberta. Everything is now possible. I will now be expecting to see Kijiji advertising passenger pigs.
* 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.

Taxidormy …

…  The unspoken dream of many a college student toward an annoying roommate.

*from the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational where they asked readers to make up a term incorporating the letter block T-A-X-I, in any order.

Announcing, the Fifth Annual Carlin Country Market!

Press Release, May 05, 2015

Carlin School in Tappen, BC (15 minutes west of Salmon Arm on Trans Canada Highway)

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10am-4pm.



Contact re: this press release:  Carmen Massey, Carlin School PAC Chair at 250-804-3466 or ctmassey@hotmail.com.

Come on out to the country and join Carlin School in celebrating the Fifth Annual Carlin Country Market.  The Carlin Country Market is where the community gathers at Carlin School for a day of old fashioned enjoyment for everyone, young and old.

“I can’t believe it’s already been five years that we’ve been hosting the Carlin Country Market,” says Heather O’Brien, one of the event organizers.  “The Market is Carlin School’s only fundraiser all year, but it’s so much more than a fundraiser.  The entire community comes together.  A major goal at Carlin School is to create a sense of community, and this event really speaks to that priority.”  She adds, “We welcome people from Salmon Arm and all the other Shuswap communities, too. Sometimes we even get people from Kamloops and Vernon, and out-of-province people have even stopped by to see what’s going on!”

PAC Co- Chair Carmen Massey comments, “It’s nice to see the kids from Carlin School enjoying time with their families and friends.  People who used to attend Carlin bring their kids to the Market to check out their old school.  Last year, one man came to the Carlin Market who attended the school seventy years ago!  Neighbours and locals who don’t even have kids at the school like to come for the day.  It makes people feel connected to the younger generation and to their community.  There’s a good vibe at the Market for sure.  And there is so much to do!  Entertainment, shopping, kids playing, adults playing with kids.  What’s not to enjoy about that?”

The Carlin Country Market includes:  a large Outdoor Market with over 40 vendors; a Kids’ Carnival; a giant Indoor Garage Sale and Book Sale; a Plant Sale; a Silent Auction with over 60 items, including a Waterway Houseboat Vacation; two Live Entertainment Stages; and the ever popular Class Basket Raffle.  Tappen Co-op ice cream cones, Tim Horton’s coffee, and several other food vendors keep the kids and the adults going.  Heritage displays, a photo booth, and a candy stand are features.  And the dunk tank always draws a crowd.

To celebrate our Fifth Anniversary, we’ve added more activities for the older kids: a massive Laser Tag game, Paintball target shooting, and Remote Control car racing.  

A Toddler Zone, Bouncy Houses, Face Painting, Carnival Games and Prizes continue to keep the younger set entertained.

Carlin School invites the public to come join the fun, for an hour or for the day.  You will be glad you made the trip out to the country!  Saturday, May 23 from 10am to 4pm.    A free parking shuttle is provided.  Admission is by donation.

For more details, see the Carlin School webpage at Car@sd83.bc.ca or check out the Carlin Country Market Facebook Page.

Cruising Cambodia Series- Siem Reap to Angkor Wat

Angkor, in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. It extends over approximately 400 square kilometers and consists of scores of temples

and the best way is to see them is by bike. This is day one of our Cambodian Cycle.

More Shuswap Trail Love. . .

STA logo with blaze (horizontal) 72dpiLove-Your-Trails Month continues in the Shuswap – this Weekend!

Any of you who regret that you missed an opportunity or would like another opportunity to do some volunteer work on the South Canoe trails have another chance!

An additional volunteer day will happen tomorrow, Saturday, May 1.  Be at the parking lot at 8:45 with gloves, water, snacks and a happy attitude J  Those who signed a waiver over the past days do not need to do so, but the log sheet does need to be done.

This work party was only decided last night by the South Canoe Trail Advisory, so we regret the short notice, but are pleased with the work done this far.  The 4 volunteer days this spring have amassed over 800 work hours on these trails!  Along with donated materials and some purchases from donated cash we have put a value of just under $20,000 into the South Canoe trail system.

Also note: May 4, 11, 25 – Rubberhead Trail Clean-up Evenings (6:30 pm)

Or grab some friends for a walk and help stick flick, conduct a trail inspection (see inspection forms online), and move blow down from the trails.

There is a useful link to obtain information about how to brush and clear trails online.  Technique is important and safety for users a must.  For a short slide set, go to www.shuswaptrailalliance.com/volunteer.php

And don’t forget to send trail issues and reports to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com.


Hike for Hospice – Enderby Cliffs – Sunday, May 3, 2015. Meet 8 am in the Parking Lot of Enderby IGA. Time of Departure 8:30 am. More info at http://www.shuswaphospice.ca/hike-the-enderby-cliffs/

Plus – 2nd Annual Teedy Bear Hospital & Community Health Fair – May 2, 11 – 3 pm, at Save-On-Foods at Picadilly Mall, Salmon Arm. Info at www.shuswaphospice.ca


Love-Your-Trails and Build-a-Metre – support 2015 trail projects – $10, $20, $50, $100. . .every little bit helps. Please donate by May 30th. Help build more trails, become a Trail Blazer. Donate online at www.shuswaptrails.com, or drop off contrubtions at G-Force (Chase), Sutherlands Bakery (Enderby), Skookum Cycle & Ski (Salmon Arm), Eagle Valley IDA (Sicamous), Sorrento Prescription IDA (Sorrento). All donations are tax deductible and go directly to building and maintaining trails throughout the Shuswap. Check out the campaign poster here.


Trail Orientation Days:  Guided hikes by Carmen Massey. The Hike series is a partnership of the Shuswap Trail Alliance and the NSSCRA (North and South Shuswap Children’s Recreation Association). This three day hiking series is for families and individuals in the South Shuswap area. Learn the basics of hiking with a group, learn more about the trail system throughout the Shuswap, find out how to get more involved in trail care as a volunteer, enjoy a day out with friends and neighbours on our world-class trail system.

Next Up: 2)  McArthur Heights to Balmoral: Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 am. 4 hour hike

Meet at the Balmoral Parking area, 3 km north of Hwy 1 at Balmoral store, on Blind Bay road.  We will shuttle up to the McArthur Heights parking area from there.

Be sure to bring a large lunch!  This hike will extend well over the mid-day, including shuttling vehicles at both ends.

3)  White Lake Lookout: Saturday, May 30 at 10:00 am. 2 hour hike

Meet at the John Evdokimoff Bike Park in White Lake

People are encouraged to pre-register by emailing Carmen at ctmassey@hotmail.com or calling 250-804-3466.


Wild Soles fun spring trail races are back (Monday evenings) featuring Shuswap Trails:  NEXT UP. . .

  • May 4 at South Canoe
  • May 11 at Eagle River nature trails

Registration is open on zone4.ca Limited on-site registration will take place at each event between 5 and 5:30 pm. The 2 kilometre race starts at 5:45 pm and the 5 km starts at 6 pm.


May is Shuswap Bike Month – check out http://shuswapbike.com/ for the event schedule. And don’t miss the Salty Street Festival, May 9th, on Hudson Street, Salmon Arm. Check out the Poster link here. And of course, the Salty Dog 6 Hour Enduro hits the South Canoe trails the next day, May 10th.


Looking Close: check out Sky Steven’s latest invitation to get outside and Looking Close with a new Saturday  morning series starting April 18 to May 16 (9:15-10:00 am New Stewards Program for kids 3-6 years, and 10:30-Noon Explorer Program for kids 7-9 years.) More info at lookingclose1@gmail.com


Accessible Trails for Everyone: Book the TrailRider – two Trail Riders are available for booking out to use on trails throughout the Shuswap (minimal donation of $10). They’re a great way to get out on trails with friends who need mobility assistance. Visit: http://shuswaptrailrider.com/

Telling Our Stories–by Dan MacQuarrie

Three cheers for Alberta ! Talk about long-suffering; 44 years of Father knows best. Addictions are very difficult to Kick. Especially when fossil fuels are so cheap, and convenient. Nevertheless, a new day is dawning. Your new premier, Rachel Notley has offered you a positive, doable, alternative. Instead of jobs at a huge cost to the environment, she proposes respect for the environment, with jobs which are ecologically sustainable. On the human front, she proposes to work with the

Indigenous people to overcome the injustices of the past, by working together for the well-being of all Albertans.

What she is proposing, is not rocket science, it is what most of us learned in kindergarten. It is what used to be called common sense. We at the MacQuarrie Institute are presently engaged in a similar approach. We are inviting all Canadians to join with us, in, “building Canada a 2nd time.” Let Us begin by Returning to the 1763 proclamation by King George the 3rd., and the Treaty of Niagara/wampum belts, 1764

The Crown, and Indigenous people agreed to:

1. SHARE the Land. I.e. The WHOLE Treaty is about SHARING

2. There be an equal sharing of money for Housing, Health, and Education.

3. A Sharing, of profits, made from extracting resources.

4. Two Nations, Traveling down the River of Life, in separate canoes, traveling

side-by-side, neither interfering with the laws, customs, or culture of the other.

We at the MacQuarrie Institute decided: Let’s honor this agreement by, “ each community, living and working together.

Enderby, and Salmon Arm are working on building Canada 2nd time in various stages. We at the MacQuarrie Institute are assisting them in telling their stories. Check the local media for the positive initiatives, which have already borne much fruit.

More later.

MacQuarrie Institute

Dan MacQuarrie, facilitator

Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert

Following two very successful concerts (the Woody Guthrie Tribute and last year’s Broadway Revue) Jake and Friends are doing it again.

This year’s concert is a Leonard Cohen Tribute and the funds raised will support the proposed Shuswap Performing Arts Centre.

Eighteen talented vocalists and instrumentalists will present twenty-four Cohen songs, some of them singalong, and along the way you will learn interesting information about his life.

Three shows at Shuswap Theatre: May 22 & 23 at 7:30pm, and Sunday May 24 at 2pm.

Admission is by donation at the door.

LC Poster Final

More Posts to Come Shortly …

“The Many Roads to Campong Cham” by Duncan Morris

Here’s part II of our “Cruising Cambodia Series”. I call this one “The Many Roads to Campong Cham”. 

Thanks for sending this in Duncan. Fun to see!

If other redaers want to send in photos or vids of their travels, please use the Contact Tab at the top of the blog and we’ll make some easy arrangements.


… The consuming fear that you’re about to blow it on “Wheel of Fortune.

*from the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational where  the challenge was to make up a term incorporating the letter block T-A-X-I, in any order.

“Rocket Man” by Duncan Morris

India test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile Thursday, just hours after signing a deal to buy 3,000 tons of Canadian uranium. Prime Minister Stephen Harper this week welcomed the uranium deal. With the Canadian agreement, India effectively joins the five permanent Security Council members whose arsenals are recognized and grandfathered by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty — a treaty that India has still not signed. Is this the kind of Canada “open for business” the we signed on for?