Important Presentation – Shuswap Lake Water Quality Feasibility Study



Reminder: Special Development & Planning Services Mtg to review Shuswap Watershed Water Quality Feasibility study.

Wed. March 4th 4-6 pm at Salmon Arm city hall.

  • Should the many jurisdictions involved with the Shuswap Watershed work together?
  • How should they work together (governance model)?
  • What should be the priorities looking at Water Quality Monitoring?
  • How should costs be allocated between jurisdictions and how should costs be recovered within jurisdictions?

All important questions with varying perspectives.

You can review the report here, attend the special mtg. and hear the report presented.

This is a presentation only. Later on, you’ll have a chance to provide input to Salmon Arm Council.  If you live in the CSRD, talk to your local director.

I want to hear from you without a doubt and hope to see you at this mtg. if you can make it.

Good Questions – March 2015

question markBump! … and hopefully readers will have some answers.

This is a spot for readers to submit questions that they have been wondering about and to have other readers provide some helpful information.

I’ve been asked about the history of the Deep Creek Hall (not the Hullcar-Deep Creek Hall).  Does anyone know its history?


Please Tell Me No!


Turned on CBC for the news last evening and  caught the end of Canadian Screen Awards

-Reading an acceptance speech from a smartphone is now in vogue?

Shuswap Trail News – March 2nd

STA logo with blaze (horizontal) 72dpiThank you from Shuswap Trails!

What a great celebration last month at the Shuswap Trail Party and Fundraiser. Over $35,000 raised for 2015 trail projects throughout the region. Remarkable. Thank you to all the businesses and volunteers who supported the event and made it such a success.

Stewards Meet Tomorrow and Shuswap Trails AGM Wednesday – be sure to check the details below and come on out.

Build-a-Metre-is-Back! To continue supporting the work of all our regional partners throughout the year, the STA board has brought back the Build-a-Metre-of-Trail fundraising campaign. Check out the details below.


Here are the highlights:

  • Build-a-Metre-of-Trail is Back!
  • Trail Stewards Meeting – Tuesday, Mar. 3rd
  • Shuswap Trail Alliance AGM & Progress Report – Mar 4th
  • Annual Trail Design/Build/Maintain Workshop – April 10th & 11th
  • Stick Flick Season is Back! – Volunteer Trail Blitz updates
  • Support our community partners: Salmon Arm Folk Music Society “Doin it Right” Benefit Concert with the Powder Blues Band – Mar 14th

And here are the details. . .

Continue reading


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“Les Miserables” by Duncan Morris

Quebec has been gaining attention since the Parti Québécois introduced the “secular charter” enforcing a dress code for Civil servants. The introduction of this law had the effect of throwing the various political parties into confusion and internal division. Mixed with this growing discontent add the current security Bill C-51 and the “veiled” scrutiny of our Islamic Canadian community. Last week a lady by the name of  Rania El-Allou was asked to remove her hijab in court reigniting a debate that will eventually test the strength of our rights and freedoms thereby illuminating what kind of Canada we want to live in.
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Good Idea – Bad Idea (4)

Good idea: Reusing plastic grocery bags as dog poop bags.
Bad idea: Reusing plastic dog poop bags as grocery bags.

*from the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational where they asked readers to cite a “good idea” and turn it into a “bad idea” with a small wording change.

‘Doin’ It Right’ Benefit Concert – March 14 2015 7pm – Powder Blues Band

Feelin’ the Winter Blues?

PBSalmon Arm Folk Music Society presents the “DOIN’ IT RIGHT”  Benefit Concert –

A Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Fundraising Event!

Featuring: Tom Lavin & The Legendary Powder Blues Band

more on the Powder Blues Band click here

With:  DJ / Host Patrick Ryley and Special Guest Devon Coyote.

When:  Saturday | March 14th, 2015 | Doors open at 7pm

Where:  Shaw Centre Arena | 2600 9th Ave. NE | Salmon Arm.

Dancing | Cash Bar | Silent Auction | Raffle Sales

Come out and support the Festival!


$40 Bleacher Seating

$45 Table Seating

Tables of 8 available on the floor for $360.  MUST CALL TO RESERVE with payment  250 833 4096

For tickets click here.


Why not make a night of it with the ‘Doin’ It Right on the Wrong Side of Town’ package?


  • 1 Night Deluxe Accommodation at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort
  • French Breakfast for 2 at Café Tasse
  • 2 Floor Tickets for the Powder Blues Band on March 14, 2015

All of this starting at just $102.50 (+tax) per person (based on double occupancy)!

Snipped from the Roots and Blues website and in support of their fundraising.

Go to for more info, ordering tickets and other offers.

Kids & Their Parents’ Tweets – No You Can’t …

… have candy for breakfast. Don’t be silly. Now be quiet and let me finish my peppermint mocha frappuccino.

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


Inequality and Poverty – Jim Cooperman

Not getting around to posting things means that I’ve been remiss in linking to Jim Cooperman’s last round of posts.

To read his articles “Assessing the local impact of increasing inequality” and “A closer look at poverty in the Shuswap” go to Jim’s blog site Shuswap Passion at


Contemporary Classics at the Classic 2015 – The Thin Red Line

This weeks film ( TheatreMonday, March 2nd, 7:30pm at the Salmar Classic) is Terrence Malicks widely renowned The Thin Red Line (1998).

Tickets are $5.00 at the door and free for Okanagan College Students.

Better a late post than not at all  perhaps – my apologies !

Salmon Arm Local Politicians – Who Received and Spent What in the 2014 Local Election

Image result for image: campaign contributionElections BC has just posted the Local Elections Disclosure Statements (financial) for last November’s 2014 local elections.

It’s a pretty fast turn-around by Elections BC as the deadline for the politicos to submit these statements was Feb 13 2015.

The link to what local politicos received as donations (including the Significant Contributors list of individuals, unions and corporations who donated over $100) and spent in expenses is here:

I’ll leave it to you to do your own local research.

During the campaign, I committed to only accepting individual contributions plus publicly posting the names of all of those individual contributors right up to the date of the 2014 election. Identifying those who contributed under $100 is actually a higher standard than is required by BC law. I’ll have a bit more on this down the line.

See here for that list of contributors to my campaign up to the election day.

You can research BC Local Elections Disclosure Statements for all provincial jurisdictions here at


Good Idea – Bad Idea (3)

Good idea: Snowed in with your date.
Bad idea: Snowden with your data.

*from the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational where they asked readers to cite a “good idea” and turn it into a “bad idea” with a small wording change.

Getting Up to Speed

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Thx to ‪#‎salmonarm‬ city staff & police & fire protection services for the tour of ‘what’ you do and ‘how’ .

Kids & Their Parents’ Tweets – Crazy How …

… Crazy how the only time my kids ever actually want to talk to me is through a one inch crack at the bottom of the bathroom door.

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

Atlas … The Sun finally sets by Duncan Morris

There are a lot of journalists and arm chair quasi-pundits (such as moi) who have given their two bits’s worth on the demise of the irascible Sun News but in my opinion none better than Heather Mallick   (a writer for the Toronto Star):

It never seemed like any Canada I recognized, or even passed through on a bus. In SunLand, it was always 1912 and men in paper dickeys (a collar with a sort of breastplate) purchased in a dry goods store raged against hootenanny gals, shiftless hobos and the invasion of the Moor. In SunLand, Muslims were the enemy. In Canada, no one is the enemy. That’s the point of Canada.”

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Kids & Their Parents’ Tweets – Closet-ed

Most of my time as a mother has been spent in a closet, eating something I didn’t want to share

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


Good Idea – Bad Idea (2)

Good idea: Reply to all sensitive e-mails.
Bad idea:
Reply All to sensitive e-mails.

*from the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational where they asked readers to cite a “good idea” and turn it into a “bad idea” with a small wording change.

Communication System Location and Consultation Policy – Salmon Arm

Here’s the link to next Monday’s Development &Planning Agenda – on the agenda (Item 3.4) is the next stage in the discussion of the deferred motion (from the previous council last fall) on a Communication System Location and Consultation Policy – (cell tower location etc)

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Community Champions – Deborah Chapman


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* Shuswap Community Foundation