Making friends Sleeping with Overcrowding
on the range the birds at the SPCA
Cowboys, Page 7 Leisure, Page 5 Animals, Page 4
UCC SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM FIRST ISSUE 1999 A CLOCK TOWER PRODUCTION MARCH 2003
BY TRIONA KING
Kamloops residents may
see more bears roaming
through their neighbourhood
streets this summer.
The dry, mild winter the
city experienced and the pre-
dictions for a warm, dry
spring, could put hungry bears
on the move.
Under similar conditions in James McLeod spent five weeks in the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre (above) for food fraud. PHOTO BY SHERRY BENNETT
1998 when bears were
Hamburger thief jailed
scrounging for food, about 90
were shot in Kamloops. That
year—the worst in the current
history of British Columbia—
there were 892 sightings
reported in Kamloops, com-
pared to the 505 annual aver-
“Basically if we don’t have
the water in the mountains, if B.C. prisons take people with mental problems, like the Kamloops man
there is not enough water to
supply water to the crops and
food sources for the bears, if
sentenced to prison with a compulsion he can’t stop
those food sources fail, they
will be coming into our cities BY SHERRY BENNETT organic brain syndrome, which has altered
and communities looking for his personality and cognitive functions.
food,” said John Wieczorek. Dressed in baggy prison overalls, the McLeod’s brain injury causes him
Wieczorek is the provincial thin man in the wheelchair is pushed into memory problems, seizures and the inabil-
co-ordinator for the Bear the visiting area of the maximum-security ity to link consequences to his actions, said
Aware education program of provincial prison in Kamloops. Debbie DeBoon, McLeod’s life skills
the B.C. Conservation He’s put in front of a plexi-glass parti- development counsellor at the Kamloops
Foundation. tion where his soft voice is barely audible Brain Injury Association.
Wieczorek is worried about through the barrier’s small speaking hole. DeBoon said McLeod’s psychological
the unusually warm winter He has to be asked to talk louder to be condition is not likely to improve and has
temperatures the city had this heard. contributed to numerous theft charges over
year. “It scares the heck out of He slouches with his head slumped for- the past quarter century.
me,” he said. “I was reading in ward. McLeod’s case represents the larger
the paper the other day. We Forty-six-year-old James Scott McLeod issue of people with mental disorders who
just broke the heat record. It has served two weeks of a five-week jail come into conflict with the law. A study
was 14 C. The previous record sentence. that psychologist James Ogloff conducted
was in 1998 when the temper- His crime? in B.C. prisons in 1998 for the penitentiary
ature was 11 C.” Breaking a court order to stay out of service revealed that 40 per cent of inmates
Last year, the policy of the restaurants. McLeod’s failure to pay for a had mental disorders.
B.C. Ministry of Water, Land hamburger, fries and coffee at Magnum’s Defence lawyer Sheldon Tate acted as
and Air Protection on bear Restaurant on Dec. 31 kept him behind McLeod’s counsel at his last trial and said
conservation shifted away bars until Feb. 7. that while regrettable, Judge Bill Blair
from destroying bears that But McLeod can’t stop himself from handed McLeod a sentence that was fair
were threatening urban areas. stealing hamburgers. A court-ordered psy- and lenient, as far as the law was con-
Warning poster chiatric assessment indicated that a brain cerned.
See BEARS on page 4 distributed to Kamloops injury left the man with a disorder called See HUNGRY on page 2
Missing realtor leaves unanswered questions
BY JASON R. HEWLETT “You think you know someone really a cattle drive. Police want to King has been in contact with the RCMP
well and then you see another side of them,” ask her questions in an through a Kamloops lawyer, said Sgt. Slade.
She was “a southern belle,” a social but- said King’s friend Loni Hamer-Jackson, a investigation. Police won’t say who the lawyer is. “It
terfly loved by all the guys, a former beauty licensed agent for the Kamloops Re/Max The Kamloops RCMP is sounds like she wants to come home,” the
queen, a true friend and respected business branch office that King once owned. investigating $196,000 that officer said. Reporters haven’t been able to
partner. Then, without warning, Cheryl Hamer-Jackson wonders what King would went missing from the reach King for comment. She is believed to
King vanished. say about her departure. “I’d love to hear Kamloops Re/Max office at have returned to the United States.
Her friends and business associates are what her side of it is.” about the same time that Meanwhile, the sudden disappearance
baffled, left with unanswered questions. The U.S.-born King left behind the King vanished, said Sgt. has left those who called King a friend hurt
What happened to the sunny romance of shards of a shattered life in January last year Bill Slade of the Kamloops and confused.
King’s life in Kamloops? Why did the —mounting debt and the disintegration of a Cheryl King RCMP commercial crime
owner of the local Re/Max office leave? love affair that began with a local rancher on division. See REALTOR on page 2
2 ✦ Newsbreak ✦ March 2003
Section Editor: Graeme Hallett CITY
“Boorish Americans” Hungry the
Karen Waller, executive director of
Kamloops Brain Injury
Association, says her agency does
what it can to assist those with brain
intrigued by grisly
injuries, but it doesn’t have the
resources to supply the services that
Waller says that in the current cli-
mate of government budget and staff
cuts the crisis is likely to continue. She
said that referrals to her agency dou-
bled in the last year.
The agency’s $400,000 annual
HUNGRY from page 1 budget is funded by money received
from annualized funding, fee-for-serv-
“I really don’t want to take food, but ice contracts from the Crime Victim
it’s not like I order steak and lobster or Assistance Program, Insurance
anything,” McLeod said. Corporation of B.C., Interior Health
BY SARAH CORDINGLEY Last June, McLeod had his photo- Region’s Brain Injury Program, along
graph taken so it could be put on a with gaming and the United Way. The
The Robert Pickton case has received poster and distributed to funding provides sup-
international coverage, but American local merchants as a warn- "Left on his own, port for 75 clients.
journalists in the Pacific Northwest seem ing not to serve him. The McLeod is at a The agency contin-
to be paying particularly close atten- poster was supposed to pre- ues to work to help
tion. vent him from being served very high risk of McLeod. When his
Pickton, 53, was charged with the meals. Unfortunately for getting hurt." release from prison
murders of 15 women who went McLeod, the right waiter approached in Feb-
missing from Vancouver’s east side didn’t see the poster. ruary, DeBoon was
over the past two decades. Police McLeod has been under the super- back pounding the pavement trying to
embarked on a massive investiga- vision of the community-based non- make sure all city restaurants received
tion of his Port Coquitlam pig profit Kamloops Brain Injury a poster warning about McLeod. She
farm. A publication ban on infor- Association since 2001. DeBoon said hoped enough people would see it to
mation revealed at Pickton’s pre- that prison is not the answer for prevent the man who can’t stop order-
liminary hearing prevents McLeod. She says he’s learning delin- ing hamburgers from serving more
Canadian media from reporting on quent behaviour from the “big boys” in time in prison.
it. prison that’s making matters worse.
The murders represent the Any progress that DeBoon makes with
longest string of so-called serial McLeod when he is under her supervi- Mental
killings in Canadian history. sion is often erased by the time he gets Health/Corrections
Seattle Times reporter Christine out of jail, she says.
Clarridge said she believes there are Grygiel said. While McLeod lives on his own,
many reasons for American interest. Seattle resident Courtney Straight said serial DeBoon and her co-workers provide Up to 160,000 British Columbians
The crimes “are exceedingly grim and murder is a familiar subject in the area. “We used him with intensive daily care, giving live with brain injuries (Brain
grotesque and therefore, we, as boorish to tell scary stories to each other about the Green him training with skills and delivering Association of B.C.)
Americans, are strangely captured and compelled River killer when we were kids. I was always medication to him. “The ideal situation
by them.” scared to go near the river.” for him would be a highly structured In 1998, seven per cent of people
This American love of the gruesome is well Although a publication ban on Pickton’s hear- living environment that would include in B.C.’s larger correctional facili-
represented in its movies and television. ing limits what the media can publish in Canada, 24-hour supervision,” DeBoon said. ties had a serious mental disorder;
Countless blockbuster hits like Silence of the the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post- DeBoon describes McLeod as a 22 per cent displayed borderline
Lambs and Seven are based on gory tales of seri- Intelligencer have published some of the evi- “nice, vulnerable fellow,” perhaps a lit- features of mental illness and had
al murder. dence. “We are not bound by Canadian law,” said tle too nice since his naïve personality multiple problems such as organic
Clarridge said the U.S. is happy to see a coun- Grygiel, “and our readership is almost over- often places him in situations where he disorders and substance abuse
try besides itself housing horrific criminals. “We whelmingly American.” gets taken advantage of. “Left on his that aggravated their situations; 11
have a reputation the world over for being the own, McLeod is at a very high risk of per cent experienced short
king of serial killers. Therefore, it’s lovely to see getting hurt,” DeBoon said. term/situational disorders or were
Canada take the lead on this dubious honour.” Canada’s most prolific known The prison system realizes the prob- intellectually challenged (A
Some cases of convicted serial killers in the
United States have garnered international fame
serial killers lem that the Ogloff report identified
with offenders with mental problems.
Review of Mental Health Services
in the B.C. Corrections Branch:
for the enormity of their crimes. Henry Lee Clifford Olson—convicted of murdering “I agree with Dr. Ogloff’s numbers,” Planning for Essential Services –
Lucas, for example, confessed to 360 killings, 11 Lower Mainland children in 1982. said Wayne Willows, issues manage- Dr. James Ogloff. JD, PhD)
and Donald Henry Gaskins, to between 100 and ment analyst with the B.C. Corrections
200 people. Michael Wayne McGray—convicted of Branch. “The numbers are at the same The incidence of mental disorders
Serial murder is currently a hot topic in killing six people, but has claimed to have levels now,” Willows said. is several times higher in correc-
Seattle. Seattle Post-Intelligencer editor Chris killed 16 others. Despite the communication tional facilities than in the general
Grygiel said that Americans are interested in the between the Corrections Branch, population. In 1998, inmates were
Pickton case because of its apparent similarities William Patrick Fyfe—handyman convict- Mental Health Services and Forensic 16 times more likely to be certifi-
to the so-called “Green River killer.” ed of killing five women in the Montreal Psychiatric Services, Willows says able than those in the general
“The Pickton case broke about the same time area. He claims to have killed four others. some offenders with mental disorders population. (A Review of Mental
a suspect was arrested in the Green River end up back in the criminal justice sys- Health Services in the B.C.
killings, which was a huge story in the Seattle Allan Legere—killed three women and a tem. Corrections Branch)
area for most of the 1980s,” Grygiel said. priest in Quebec. “Our mandate is to reduce those
Gary Leon Ridgeway is charged with killing mentally disordered offenders from re- The average daily cost of housing
four of the 48 women missing from this area of John Martin Crawford—convicted of offending, but offenders do end up an inmate in B.C. in 2000-01 was
the Pacific Northwest. The Green River killings killing three native women in Saskatoon in back in custody, not because they want $161, up 10 per cent from 1999-
involved victims similar to those in the Canadian 1992 . He had also served a manslaughter to, but because they are not being pro- 2000 (Statistics Canada: Jurist,
case. sentence for beating a native woman to vided with the services in their com- Oct. 30, 2002)
“For a time there was some speculation that death in 1981. munity to deal with their mental disor-
the killings here and there might be linked,” der.”
Realtor leaves trail of questions
King worked for Re/Max for said Ash.
over 25 years. She also owned her Records obtained by both
own real-estate companies in Re/Max and police show that King
Alaska before selling them to her owed $500,000 to various sources
daughter, Kristan Cole, considered in Kamloops, including the Royal
REALTOR from page 1 Canada. As a member of Re/Max during Cattle Drive ‘93 with a sun- one of the top Re/Max agents in Bank, said Ash. Hidden Valley
International it was her job to play set wedding on horseback. The that state. King was named broker- Ranch was sold last August for
“She had been a good friend tour guide to top agents who won two then lived on Bob King’s owner of the year for Western $600,000, said Hamer-Jackson.
and boss for six years. There was trips in the company. One of the Hidden Valley Canada in 1997. The police investigation into
no way you could tell something trips brought her and her agents on Ranch. The mar- "She had been a good Elton Ash, allegations of money missing from
like this could happen,” she said in the Kamloops Cattle Drive, an riage lasted six friend and boss for six vice president the Re/Max operation is taking
an interview, pausing. “But it did.” annual event organized by years before the of Re/Max longer than expected. Sgt. Slade
“She had not been herself,” Kamloops area ranchers to cele- couple separat- years. There was no way W e s t e r n said in an interview that the police
added Hamer-Jackson of the brate the region’s ranching her- ed. you could tell something Canada, said are waiting for the results of two
months leading up to the disap- itage. “She was a that King forensic audits that are past due.
pearance. “She was depressed. She It was on the Kamloops Cattle ranch girl by like this could happen . . . acquired debts “It’s very frustrating,” said the
was going through a divorce.” Drive that King, then Cheryl heart,” said but it did." maintaining the officer.
Bob King confirmed that the Moseley, met Bob King, a local Hamer-Jackson. Hidden Valley The $196,000 shortfall brought
couple are separated and seeking a rancher. The two fell in love and “She grew up on ranches and Ranch, where she lived with her the branch office to the brink of
divorce and that the ranch they carried on a long-distance relation- loved horses. It was a big part of husband, Bob King. “Some think a bankruptcy before the money
shared has been sold. ship until Moseley could make her her upbringing.” King has family low market (in real estate) was the belonging to clients was reim-
It was her work in real estate way to Kamloops, said Hamer- in Denver, Colorado, and a sister problem. The market was fine. It bursed by Re/Max Reality Assist,
that brought King from Alaska to Jackson. The couple were married in Arizona, said Hamer-Jackson. was the ranch that was in trouble,” said Hamer-Jackson.
March 2003 ✦ Newsbreak ✦ 3
EDUCATION Section Editor: Sherry Bennett
Decision on Pineridge closing imminent
BY ALANA MINCHIN dents wouldn’t need to take buses to school. The
provincial guideline requires that buses are only
This June schools will be closing for summer needed for students who live over four km from
holidays, but five schools may be closing for school. The guideline does not take steep hills
good. A $7.8-million shortfall in funding is into consideration.
causing the school board to consider closing five In the event of closure, Pineridge students
local schools. have a choice of moving to either Summit
Starr Webb believes these closures will affect Elementary or South Sa-Hali Elementary. These
local communities. schools don’t need any upgrading to support the
Webb is leading a subcommittee of the Parent large number of new students, and portables will
Advisory Council at Pineridge Elementary. The not be used.
committee wants to save the school. Parents are concerned about the longer walk
Pineridge Elementary has 86 to the schools. Lustig said,
students, and Webb believes its “Right now we live five “Right now, we live five min-
small size provides a unique minutes from the utes from the school. I walked
sense of community. Kathy school. I walked with with my daughter to Summit
Lustig, whose daughter attends Elementary the other day and it
Pineridge, says that she’s “afraid my daughter to Summit took us half an hour.”
the closure would be a great loss Elementary the other It also took Webb about half
because the school is like a big day and it took us half an hour to walk the three km
family.” She says that the school an hour.” from her home to Summit
offers an ideal learning environ- Elementary. “And that’s me, not
ment because of small class sizes and a high a little kid. For example, the two little guys
level of parent involvement. across the street are in Grades 1 and 3… It can
The school board is considering closing take them 35 minutes to walk to Pineridge,
schools in order to save about $1.5 million. never mind Summit,” explained Webb. In addi-
Funding for schools is now based directly on tion, Webb said, “I will probably be back to
student enrolment, which in Kamloops has work next year. What if my job starts at eight in
dropped 4,000 over the last five years, from the morning? I can’t give my son a ride to
20,000 to 16,000 students. school.”
Jean Borsa, the district elementary education A decision on the closures is scheduled for
director, says there are two reasons for the drop the end of March. “I would be very surprised if
in enrolment. First, over the last 10 years the they (the school board) made a decision by
birth rate has dropped. Second, families have March 24,” said Borsa.
moved out of British Columbia to find jobs Webb knows families who moved to the area
because of the poor economy. because of its proximity to Pineridge
According to Borsa, all students affected by Elementary. “People make decisions affecting
the closures are within walking distance to the their whole lives based on the school,” said
schools that they would be switching to, so stu- Webb.
PHOTO BY SHERRY BENNETT
BY AL MCINNIS 250 students between kindergarten and European settlers,” he said.
and Grade 7. Most of those students “We’re looking at the context of what
The Sk’lep School of Excellence is are expected to come from the public we can do differently.”
being built so that native students system. “Forty-eight per cent of our Organizers for the new school are
may receive a more tradition-based students are First Nations students,” working to develop a program that
curriculum on the Kamloops Indian said John Zordel, principal of Ralph will bring the native language back
Reserve. But getting the students to Bell Elementary School. into their homes. The purpose,
return could be the hardest part. With a total of 224 students, the Gottfriedson said, is to unravel the
“That’s a huge challenge for us,” school has 70 students enrolled from confusion of living in a mixed cul-
said Garry Gottfriedson, cultural the Kamloops Indian Band. Zordel ture. “Language gives people an iden-
resource manager for the Kamloops figures the completion of the new tity and a world view,” he said.
Indian Band. school won’t affect Ralph Bell. “If we The school’s name indicates the
According to Gottfriedson, band lose that many students, then things importance of the project to the
members are equally divided when it will change, but we’re not expecting Kamloops Indian Band. “Sk’lep
education Cultural resource comes to schooling. One group wants that many to leave,” he said. means the trickster coyote, a mythical
the public, academic-based programs, Zordel believes the programs at god having a lot of influence on First
manager for the while the other wants to maintain and Ralph Bell address the needs of First Nations culture,” said Gottfriedson.
Kamloops Indian strengthen traditional native culture. Nations students. “We have cultural “Coyote, not in terms of the animal,
Band — Garry This means organizers need to build days, Shuswap language programs, but the symbol.” The band’s goal is to
Gottfriedson: programs that appeal to both groups. and First Nations workers here,” he have the school completed and ready
“We’re looking at both an academic said. for students by September.
and cultural curriculum,” he said. But Gottfriedson feels context is
“The public “We’re trying to show that we’re real- more important. “They aren’t accu-
system doesn’t meet ly trying to develop this curriculum.” rately representing the history and See also Native Language story
our needs.” The new school will accommodate relationship between First Nations on page 6
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Section Editor: Alana Minchin ENVIRONMENT
Animals waiting Bear
for relocation sightings
BY DARLA DICKINSON ship in connection with the B.C.
with issues of overcrowding.
SPCA, according to Dennis
Kamloops SPCA, and other Erickson, the manager of corpo-
shelters across the region, are relo- rate communications within
cating animals in an effort to deal Western Canada for Air Canada
According to the 2002 shelter The sponsorship between the BEARS from page 1
statistics, the Kamloops Society B.C. SPCA and Air Canada Jazz
for the Prevention of Cruelty to has evolved since last March. Air Their new policy emphasizes
Animals received Canada trans- protection by giving advice to res-
2,288 animals last ported ani- idents on how to prevent bears
year, an increase of mals for the from coming into the neighbour-
430 from the previ- SPCA before hood.
ous year. In addition, Our Pet A dry, mild winter shortens the
“We have had a terri- Project came hibernation period of bears, bring-
ble time with dogs, into exis- ing them into residential areas
with over a 50 per tence. sooner and in larger numbers.
cent increase,” says Although Low precipitation levels create a
Jennifer Gore, branch Air Canada is lack of food sources in the bears’
manager of the selling Air natural environment, causing
Kamloops SPCA. Canada Jazz, them to look elsewhere for food.
Kamloops received Gore hopes “Bears will naturally emerge
624 dogs this year, “that we will out of hibernation in early April.
compared to 388 the be able to If they come out in March, we
previous year. continue to could end up with problems,” said
“We are not quite have an Kelly Dahl, conservation officer
sure why that is,” arrangement for the Ministry of Water, Land
says Bob Bush, the PHOTOS BY SARAH CORDINGLEY with the air- and Air Protection. “The bears
regional manager for line regard- have been in a den for five months
the SPCA. “We expected more of less of who owns it. The program and haven’t had a meal since last
a problem in the northern regions is invaluable.” November,” he said.
due to economic conditions.” The shelter will face even Precipitation in Kamloops in
Kamloops SPCA has been running greater concerns of overcrowding. 2002 was recorded at 221.6 mm.
over capacity since April. “We’re really going to promote Normal readings for the city are
The B.C. SPCA has entered spaying and neutering of pets this 282.7 mm, indicating a 21 per
into an agreement with Air Canada year,” says Gore. cent drop in precipitation. The
Jazz in an effort to relocate ani- The Kamloops SPCA has precipitation for 1998 was 267.0
mals. recently received a private dona- mm, 17 per cent higher than last
“Ours is the branch in the pro- tion of $15,000 towards a program year’s levels.
gram that has transferred the most to help low income individuals Weather predictions for spring
animals, upwards of 75,” says spay and neuter their adopted pets. of 2003 forecast warmer and
Gore. “There’s no sense in having They have also received a $15,000 dryer conditions. “For March,
animals sitting in Kamloops when grant from the city to further this April and May we are predicting
there is room in Victoria,” says program. above normal temperatures and
Bush. The B.C. SPCA is a registered below normal precipitation,” said
The agreement is known as charity that is not financially sup- Jim Steele, who handles client
“Our Pet Project” and is a sponsor- ported by the government. services at the local Environment
Canada Monitoring and Systems
Sketch of water
Kamloops still thirsty for clean water
BY HEATHER BLACK own less expensive water filtration than a community with a larger said there was a “show-me-the- said councilor Sharon Frissell.
plant. Branchflower said that the population but a smaller land bodies attitude.” It became a mat- In 1999, Dr. James Lu, the chief
Ten years ago Kamloops reject- city didn’t take their offer because mass,” said Wallace. ter of public education. medical health officer for the
ed the idea of a $30 million water the reserve was deemed too small The Community Advisory Administration had to prove the Thompson-Nicola region, said the
filtration plant as too expensive. to be used for both the band and Committee on Drinking Water potential of a serious problem to water quality had to be improved
Now the city is building a plant the city. Councilor Pat Wallace Quality report from 2000 said that justify the expenditure. in order to renew the city permit.
that is twice the cost. supports his statement that it was to buy water from the Band at 35 In 1993, a Milwaukee outbreak The matter was out of the hands of
The cost made it “a political hot not a viable option. cents per cubic meter would be of cryptosporidium put a spotlight politicians. By his orders, 99.9 per
potato,” said Randi Derdall, utili- “The controversy was over the more expensive than the city’s on the water-health relationship. cent of cryptosporidium had to be
ties technician for the city. cost. When a new plant was first treated water at 25 cents per cubic Two years later, the city conducted removed from drinking water by
“No one wanted to pay the brought to the public, the cost meter. a water quality survey. By that April 1, 2003, which can only be
money at that time. Now they have would have been between $30 and According to Derdall, the time, 75 per cent of Kamloops done with a water treatment plant.
to pay much more,” said former $40 million,” said Branchflower. health risks of chlorine and cryp- wanted it improved but at the same This cleared city council of public
mayor Cliff Branchflower. The water treatment facility tosporidium were not known at time, 75 per cent were not willing reluctance again by removing
Water quality became a concern will be the largest in North that time. Higher parasite levels to pay for the system overhaul. options. No plebiscite vote was
in 1990. Kamloops engineering America, as Kamloops covers a requires more chlorine to be added City politicians were left in an done because the city had no
administration saw a problem and landmass of 373 square kilome- to the water. When chlorine con- awkward position. “(They) had to choice.
recommended that city council tres. The treatment option chosen tacts organic material, it produces go through a number of steps, In the 2000 Walkerton, Ont.
explore improvements. That’s will use manufactured membranes carcinogens such as chloroform. including environmental assess- tragedy seven people died from E.
where the action stopped. The cost that look like small drinking Crypto, which is not effectively ment reviews, getting funding, coli after drinking untreated water.
of the membrane filtration, at $60 straws with millions of tiny holes killed by chlorine, is a parasite that deciding on whether to use a sand The animal-borne parasite has
million in total, was considered punched in them. causes diarrhea and nausea. or membrane filter, and deciding effects like those of Crypto. This
too high. “To do all the services that we The high cost of water treat- whether or not to use a private- generated public education and
The city didn’t take an offer of have to do, to clean out all of these ment did not seem worth what public partnership. Once those awareness of water health risks and
joint use when the Kamloops pipes (to get the facility up and people saw as just a couple weeks decisions were made we could made Dr. Lu’s orders easier for
Indian Band was putting in their running) will be more expensive of dirty water each spring. Derdall start the process. It took years,” Kamloops council to implement.
ARTS & M a r c h 2 0 0 3 ✦ N e w s b r e a k ✦5
LEISURE Section Editor: Tarwinder Chahil
PHOTO BY PHIL CARUSSO
Jennifer Lopez will be in Kamloops filming An Unfinished Life with Robert Redford this April. Lopez, seen above with husband-to-be Ben Affleck, will appear with Affleck in
the Revolution Studios romantic gangster comedy, Tough Love, this spring.
BY HEATHER BLACK Revolution Studios co-production, (1999), Chocolat (2000), and The The film, due out in 2004, is a differences.
An Unfinished Life. Filming is Shipping News (2001). The latter, drama in which Lopez plays a Aspiring extras are being
Kamloops will be getting a scheduled to begin in Kamloops also produced in Canada, was shot struggling mother whose circum- directed to Danielle Dunn-Morris
taste of Hollywood with the arrival on April 7 and is expected to run in Newfoundland. stances force her to move in with of River Magic Productions at
of some serious star power. until mid-June. Alan Ladd Jr. will produce, her father-in-law, played by 250-376-8973. Because of the
Jennifer Lopez, the future Mrs. The film will be directed by while Emmy-award-winner David Redford. increased volume she’s working
Ben Affleck, and Robert Redford Lasse Hallström, whose past cred- Gropman is in charge of produc- Through the course of the story, with, there is a one-time fee of $10
will star in a Miramax and its include The Cider House Rules tion design. the two learn to overcome their to register.
Sleep in the trees, gaze at the stars
BY REBECCA MCLEAN beautiful wooded land with its tors never forget.”
own stream running through it. It’s Australians, New Zealanders
Sleeping in trees is for the breathtaking.” and the British are among the top
birds. Right? Other outdoor accommodations international travellers to the hos-
Not if it’s at the Salt Spring at the Forest Retreat include an tel. A haven for artists and crafts-
Island Hostel, in one of two life- authentic teepee, from which you people, the island itself has suffi-
size tree houses. can hear the soft steps of a passing cient charm to attract visitors
Octagonal in design, the tree deer and the babble of a nearby throughout the summer. “Our
houses on Mike Ablitt and Paula creek. The latest addition: a gypsy Saturday markets are the best way
Davies’ Gulf Island property are caravan. “Painted in traditional red to see the work of the overwhelm-
bigger than any local bird would and yellow with antique wheels, it ing talent here on the island,” said
need. These quirky accommoda- has antique furniture, a built-in Spencer. “Everything on display
tions, nestled in the limbs of old double bed with lace drapes, lots must be created or grown on the
cedars, were built for the wingless. of tassels and velvet pillows,” said island.”
“My partner Mike built the entire Davies. Designed for a couple, she Festivals celebrate everything
hostel, including the tree houses,” describes it as very romantic, per- from theatre and arts to garlic to
said Davies from her native New haps the reason weddings and boat-building. Kayaking has
Zealand, where they are spending honeymoons are commonplace at become a popular way to see the
the off-season. the hostel. “It has a special, unique island, but other outdoor activities
Sitting about 25 feet above the quality perfectly suited for memo- include hiking, mountain climb-
ground, the tree houses are rable events, like marriage.” ing, and fresh- or salt-water swim-
equipped with space heaters for The main cedar lodge, also ming and fishing.
the chillier coastal spring and fall home to Davies and Ablitt, hosts Ferries depart from Victoria
months, and a big skylight for the typical hostel dormitories, as and Vancouver, and schedules are
stargazing in the evenings. Flight- well as two private rooms. “It has found at B.C. Ferries website. The
challenged visitors climb a spiral an open-concept kitchen, dining hostel takes inquiries and reserva-
staircase around the tree’s trunk, room and living room,” said tions from March to October.
and sleep on futon beds amid Davies. She said that it is so Contact: (250) 537-4149.
wicker furniture and Winnie-the- homey that hostellers often think
Pooh toys, books and honey pots. they’ve barged into their private Costs
“I was surprised at how many peo- quarters.
ple expected to see bears on the “The experience is so much Gypsy Caravan $70
island, and were disappointed more than the accommodations,” Tree House $70
when told there were none, so I said Spencer, who has chatted (per couple)
provided some,” explained Ablitt. with many of the travellers who
“It’s about as quiet a place you have stayed there over the years. Dorm $21
can find,” said Jim Spencer, island “The hostel environment lends Teepee $17 PHOTO COURTESY OF HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL
resident and visitor information itself to evenings of campfires, (per person) One of two treehouses set in 10 acres of forest where African Pygmy
volunteer. “We’re talking acres of games and story-telling that visi- goats take guests on regular walks.
6 ✦ Newsbreak ✦ March 2003
Section Editors: Heather Black, Sarah Cordingley CULTURE
Messy tales from sewage facility
Finding humour and drank from our spray irriga- cells during treatment. The
tion, not knowing it was recy- sludge is then transported to a
in the foulest cled waste. When he finally
found out it, wasn’t pretty,”
different holding cell.
“The deer died from strug-
of workplaces chuckled Bregoliss. gling in the sludge because it’s
“He was sick for quite a like quicksand. The coyotes
BY FRASER LAVEAY while … both ways … if you were light enough that they
know what I mean,” laughed could walk over the sludge with-
The Kamloops Waste Water Long. out sinking in. They then took
Treatment Center is home to “We took him out for a milk- apart the deer piece by piece
feces, foul odours, and a few shake after that,” Bregoliss over the course of two weeks.”
funny stories. added. said Long.
Facility technicians Mark There are encounters with Next time you have a work
Bregoliss, Mike Long, and Merv animals out at the plant as well. related mishap, or you’re up to
Jensen have worked around “One time coyotes chased a your neck in paperwork, remem-
human excrement for the past deer into the sludge,” said Long. ber the technicians at the treat-
nine to 15 years. The sludge is the excess waste ment center and be thankful it’s
All work environments can that settles to the bottom of the only paperwork.
have their accidents and slip-
ups: spilling coffee on your
papers, forgetting to save your
work, or just falling out of a
chair. However, mistakes at the
treatment centre are a bit more
serious, leaving a person up
you-know-what creek without a
“So Merv’s out in the boat in
one of the dirtier cells (sewage
ponds),” said Long. “He’s trying
to push a wharf into place, and
as he hits the wharf with the
boat, the boat’s front end climbs
up the side of the wharf.”
Bregoliss cuts in, “The boat
goes straight up in the air, and
slowly but surely makes its way
into the waste. Just like a car-
toon, Merv’s trying to climb to
the top of the boat and reach the
wharf, but there is no chance.”
After a good laugh at one
another they think about the
time a city worker was weed-
whacking around the sewage.
PHOTO BY SARAH CORDINGLEY “She was getting near the edge,
The Blackjacks Fold and suddenly her whole body
After touring the United States extensively last summer, local punk slips into the very first storage
band the Blackjacks have called it quits after two years of rocking out pond, the worst one,” said Long.
in Kamloops. Their final concert, described by lead singer and gui- There is also the man who
tarist Billy Bones as just wicked, was held in the basement of the New went for a drink of what he PHOTO BY FRASER LAVEAY
Life Mission. Bones hopes to use the space for a youth centre. The thought was river water. “This Mike Long is careful not to rock the
mission has made the venue available without charge. young guy doing some contract- boat at the Kamloops Waste Water Treatment Centre.
ing for us, filled up his thermos
Community works to save native language
BY REBECCA MCLEAN ty initiative. Beginning as a day the public school system at the Billy, who is now the primary Older students are recruited to
care centre, it now teaches chil- time. immersion teacher and a student of transcribe it, providing further
Can you say “hello” in dren from three to 16 years of age. Reserves are federal, and so is the language herself. When the familiarity with the language.
Secwepmectsin? “I attended a language confer- the subject of educating those who school began she was an English The community holds Chief
Neither can most of the ence in Vancouver 12 or 13 years live on them. This arrangement is teacher. Atahm School together. The board
Shuswap Nation, whose language ago, about the Maori of New what enabled the parents of In the room next door, the “lan- consists of all the parents of the
it is. Zealand and the successful way Adam’s Lake to guage nest” prepares pre-schoolers children enrolled. The cook who
But 35 kids in Chase can, and they teach and preserve their lan- take matters for their initiation into the feeds them at lunch has three chil-
though they don’t know it yet, they guage,” said Kathy Michelle, a into their own school. Because the dren in the program—his wife
are helping to save a language teacher at the school and one of hands, rather Secwepmectsin has develops curriculum—and each
from extinction—a language the program’s founders. “I wanted than send their seven throat sounds class has a band elder on hand,
whose elders believe is the only my children to have the same kids to provin- that English does not, contributing to the learning
one that can communicate their opportunities to learn our tradi- cial public it is easier to train process by handing down lan-
culture’s relationship with the tional language.” schools. young vocal chords. guage, culture and history.
world. “A girlfriend and I began The morning “Research says “I think the language is hon-
According to the Association of fundraising with bake sales and is greeted in the that if you can get to est,” said Billy. “There are fewer
First Nations, of the 53 traditional bingos, raising money to pay eld- primary room them before they are words than in English, but each
first nations languages in Canada, ers to teach our kids the language.” with a prayer seven or eight, chil- has a lot of meaning. There aren’t
Secwepmectsin is one of 50 not Word spread to other parents in circle, giving dren won’t con- synonyms like English. It’s harder
expected to survive past the next the community, and within six thanks for the sciously recognise to ‘spin’ meaning like you can in
two generations. Chief Atahm months there was a total of eight day, for the lan- the difference English—like a politician, hiding
School is working to prevent this children, 12 by the end of the first guage, and ask- between languages. meaning behind words,” she
loss. year. ing the Creator They are all just added with a smile.
“What we have now is a total As the children approached to keep all well. words to them, and The Chief Atahm program may
immersion program that combines five, parents contemplated sending Recited entire- can more easily go serve as a good model for other
language and culture with a mod- them to public school where there ly in the tradi- back and forth similar programs since there is no
ern curriculum. It is not would be no Secwepmectsin. “So tional language, between English and central body or institution respon-
Secwepmectsin as a second lan- we tried our own school, modelled they move on to Secwepmectsin,” sible for co-ordinating such pro-
guage. Instead, all classes are after the Maori example, and typical second or third-grade said Matthew. grams.
taught primarily in the language, developed curriculum for kinder- activities, but with an empha- In another room a group of high “They took it upon themselves,
with English being a separate class garten and Grade one only. From sis on cultural values and liv- school kids, never having had a did the research, the fundraising,
beginning in Grade three,” said there we added a new grade each ing in balance with the natural language nest, take beginner les- and now have a very successful
Robert Matthew, the school’s prin- year,” said Michelle, who now has world. sons. In the evenings the school program,” said Mona Jewels, lan-
cipal since it opened almost 12 two daughters in the school: “Many of us went to resi- offers adult classes for parents and guage director and elder at the
years ago. Sekwaw, 8, and Melpetkwe, 6. Her dential schools where we other willing learners. Kamloops Indian Band.
The only one of its kind in husband Matthew joined as princi- were educated with Catholic Faculty members develop cur- “We’re hoping the other com-
Western Canada, the language pal with Janice Billy, who helped values. I envy these kids—they are riculum largely by translating munities will follow in their foot-
immersion program is a communi- start it all. Both were teachers in experiencing both cultures,” said what already exists in English. steps.”
CULTURE March 2003 ✦ Newsbreak ✦ 7
Cowboys, coffee and conspiracy
Getting to know
your local gun club
BY LACHLAN LABERE
9 p.m.—Harold’s Family Restaurant,
Valleyview: The aroma of coffee and gun-
powder hangs in the air.
“It’s all part of the social re-engineering
of the Canadian psyche,” Rob Hetherington
explains of Canada’s billion-dollar firearms
registry. “It hasn’t helped to solve one
Hetherington, an older, burly man in blue
sweats spouting a mix of fact and conspira-
cy, sits across from me. By his side sits a
man in black, looking straight out of a Clint
Eastwood western. We are here to drink cof-
fee and talk guns.
Both are members of the Kamloops
Target Sports Association. Established in
1885, it is the largest recreational and target
shooting club in the area.
Hetherington has been involved in an
ongoing “gunfight” with the federal govern-
ment for several years.
“We started a little group here seven
years ago called The Interior Firearms
Alliance,” says Hetherington. “The name
‘Alliance’ came out of Star Wars.” Later he
became involved with the Responsible
Firearms Owners of British Columbia out of
Believing registration will lead to “con-
fiscation without compensation,”
Hetherington fears “a Canada where only Hide your clothes pegs—Lachlan Labere is gun-shy no longer! PHOTO BY JASON HEWLETT
the police and army will be armed.”
Hetherington glances out the window, else (other than the target), you’re out of 9:33 p.m.—Harold’s: Cups are topped “They may never become club mem-
assuring their trucks, and the guns within, here,” warns Puetz. as conversation overflows. bers,” says Puetz, “ut at least if they ever
are safe. He hands me his empty replica Colt .45 “I keep hearing about American gun cul- come across a stray firearm, they’ll know
6:45 p.m.—east side of Memorial Peacemaker revolver. “Keep your finger off ture. We don’t want to go down that line,” what and what not to do.”
Arena, Victoria Street: I can’t find the the trigger,” says Puetz as I nervously con- says Hetherington. “The question is, ‘what 9:50 p.m.—Harold’s: Conversation
shooting range. firm the gun isn’t loaded. He tells me to try American gun culture?’” comes back to the registry.
I am standing in snow next to a building it and see why. Now I understand—hair trig- Bowling For Columbine, the Michael “I think where everybody is missing the
with no telltale markings of any kind. A ger. Moore documentary on American gun cul- ball,” explains Puetz.” Two years ago a
large black truck parks nearby. From it steps Having earned his trust, Puetz hands ture, is mentioned. Neither has seen it, yet young child died in Kamloops because the
a man in black, carrying a long black case. back the pistol—loaded. I am about to shoot both remember the 1999 incident where 15 government couldn’t afford the proper vac-
With a warm handshake, Mike Cianci my very first handgun. students died and 20 fell injured in a cine … but the real concern is my shotgun.”
welcomes me inside. He is dressed like a Bang! I miss the paper target, but am Colorado high school shooting. “We’ve been saying what we have about
rancher—jeans and Stetson hat. Part of what amazed by how little kick there is. Bang! “That was a tragedy, but how many mil- this bill for the last seven years,” says
the Kamloops Target Sports Association Miss again. Bang! I hit the clothes peg that lions of kids go to school everyday and that Hetherington. “Now the eastern press is say-
does is put on shows recreating the Wild holds the target up. My very first kill! hasn’t happened or ever will happen?” ing there’s something wrong. I guess the bil-
West with single-action pistols and lever- My next two rounds hit the target. replies Hetherington. lion dollars got their attention.”
rifles pre-dating 1897, explains Cianci. Success! But now I’ve lost count. “When in “We actually go out and train people,” 10:00 p.m.—leaving Harold’s: Our
Minutes later, the man in black and I are doubt, keep firing,” says Puetz. The metal says Puetz. Along with the association’s jun- server cleans around us.
on the shooting range. Hubert Puetz is the click confirms I am out of bullets. ior program, open to boys and girls 11 to 18, Puetz is quick to grab the bill. I extend
acting range marshal. It is his job to assure Amateur night has come to an end. A he and Hetherington have been involved in my hand in gratitude. Both have been gen-
all safety measures involving gun use are mob of well-armed cowboys is waiting the training of local scouting groups and tlemen, despite my having killed their
followed. “If you point your gun anywhere patiently to use the range. other youth interested in firearm safety. clothes peg.
PHOTOS BY HEATHER BLACK
Deran Harmon, of Solid State Tattoos and Piercing, has been inking for five years, one
and a half of those in Kamloops. With 192 hours of work on his own body, he knows
the business well. Here he adds colour to a client’s arm at the store’s old location. Solid
State recently moved to 413 Tranquille.
8 ✦ Newsbreak ✦ March 2003
Section Editor: Matt Silver SPORTS
Tourney Net gain
is pride of for Blazers
Kamloops next season
BY MARK HUNTER
BY JOHN SPIGOTT
Thirteen year-old Brittanie Cecil was struck and
Mario Lemieux. Mike Peca. Eric killed by a hockey puck at a National Hockey
Brewer. Mark Recchi. All these NHL League game during the 2001-2002 season in
stars are alumni of one of the largest and Columbus, Ohio, prompting the NHL to create a
most successful tournaments in North new policy for spectator safety.
America. The Western Hockey League has imposed simi-
The Kamloops International Bantam lar policies for fan safety, which means for the
Ice Hockey Tournament is back in full 2003-2004 Kamloops Blazers season, Sport Mart
force for its 34th year as the premier Place will feature safety netting hanging above the
showcase for bantam (age 13-14) talent glass to keep pucks from hitting spectators.
in Canada. The tournament, which Steve Schaffrick, general manager of Sport
opens on April 16, hosts an elite group Mart Place, is negotiating a deal to have the netting
of teams from Canada and the United in place for the start of the season in September. He
States that, according to tournament estimates that the netting will cost around $20,000,
president Fred Cavanagh, will feature a fee that will be paid by both the Kamloops
the stars of tomorrow’s game. Blazers and the city-owned Sport Mart Place.
Cavanagh, in his 10th year as presi- Greg 'Spike' Wallace, who has been equipment
dent of this prestigious tournament, manager for the Blazers for 18 years, said that
shares travel duties with three others as Sport Mart Place is safer than the Memorial Arena,
they scout the country for prospective where the Blazers used to play.
talent. “It’s changing though,” says "I don't think (Sport Mart Place) is as bad as the
Cavanagh. “This tournament’s reputa- Memorial because the fans were right close to the
tion has gotten to the point where I have ice and they had no chance to get out of the way,"
a lot more teams calling me, as opposed he said. "Here, at least, if they are paying attention,
going out looking for teams to come. they have a chance to get out of the way."
We turn away a lot of teams who we feel While all NHL rinks currently have netting, not
just aren’t up to the calibre that the tour- every WHL rink has its netting in place.
nament has gotten to.” (PHOTO BY KIBIHT) According to the Kamloops Blazers' director of
Cavanagh maintains that it’s the peo- Players collide in Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament communications, Kirk Fraser, the reason that net-
ple involved, both with the teams and in action in 2000. Detroit Compuware, tournament champions in 2002, will once ting is not mandatory for this season is that the
the community, that keep the rigors of again be competing in this year’s tournament. league did not try to regulate this problem until late
running such a large tournament worth- in the off-season. "The WHL mandated it one week
while. “It is really satisfying when I can Alberta, Saskatchewan, Pittsburgh, diction comes with a word of caution before the start of the regular season, which was
go to a tournament in Toronto and have Idaho, Los Angeles, and a pair of teams from Cavanagh. “Since all the teams not enough time to get everything in place for the
a guy like Mike Peca (New York from Michigan. One of the teams from here are so skilled, any team will be able club," he said.
Islanders captain) come up to me and Michigan is defending champion to beat any other on any given day.” There are still some uncertainties on the type of
say ‘Hey, Fred, how’s it going? Good to Detroit Compuware, who Cavanagh The tournament typically attracts netting that is used, but it will be located at both
see you.’” expects will bring another powerhouse between 1,000 and 2,500 spectators per ends of the rink behind each goal. Netting will
Ted Priel is head coach of the squad to the tournament. game, depending on who is playing. “I make it so deflected shots at a goal that are redi-
Martensville (Saskatchewan) “Compuware is run by Peter have seen as many as 3,500,” says rected into the crowd will not surprise fans and
Marauders, and is thrilled to be coming Karmanos (Carolina Hurricanes owner), Cavanagh. potentially injure them.
to Kamloops. “It’s a tournament that so you can imagine the opportunities The tournament runs from April 16 Some concern has arisen from the possibility of
features some of the best bantam teams those kids have, and as a result they are through to April 21, and will be played the netting obstructing the vision of the ice.
in North America,” said Priel. “It’s an extremely talented,” commented at arenas in Brocklehurst, McArthur Fraser believes that the netting should not both-
honour to be invited.” Cavanagh. “Both Detroit teams Island, Sport Mart Place and at er fans for very long. "It takes a little bit of getting
This year’s tournament features (Compuware and Detroit HoneyBake), Memorial Arena. Anyone wishing to used to, but for the most part it does not affect the
teams from Canada and the United along with the team from Los Angeles volunteer should contact the tournament crowd's view," he said.
States, hailing from British Columbia, are going to be tough to beat.” This pre- office at 374-5566.
have gold in sights
BY LACHLAN LABERE Hampton is currently
honing her skills for the
“Women are better Canada Winter Games in
shots than men,” said Bathurst-Campbellton, N.B.
Jim Fox. in March, and Kobayashi for
Fox has been running the 2004 Olympics in
the junior target sports Athens, Greece.
program in Kamloops Hampton, 17, has been
since 1990. Under Fox’s shooting air rifle and .22 for
direction, Alysia two years. “My dad just
Hampton and Dawn wanted me and my brother to Dawn Kobayashi found hunting season too cold but warmed up to the target range
Kobayashi have found start shooting,” said
their niche in profes- Hampton. “I liked it and petitive shoot, where she blew almost every- shooting 553 out of 600 … everyone came
sional target sports. started going to competi- one away. “My coach (Fox) was the only up to me and said nobody shoots over 500
“Women have a bet- tions.” one who beat me.” with this rifle.”
ter way of controlling PHOTOS COURTESY DAWN KOBAYASHI “Her scores were number In her first major competition, Kobayashi Kobayashi has switched to air rifle,
their emotions than a lot one in the province on the won three gold medals for .22 calibre, earn- which she now, under Fox’s guidance, sole-
of guys do,” said Fox. “I think a lot of guys girls’ side,” said Fox of Hampton, who has ing her the 2001 B.C. Provincial ly trains with for the 2004 Olympics.
are involved in sports that are more action been selected to compete in the Winter Championship. “Provincially we have 11 people on the
and reaction, whereas the sport I coach—it’s Games in the strictly air gun event for ath- In the same competition, Kobayashi tried national team, and of those 11, two are
a matter of concentration.” letes under 18. her hand at shooting air rifle. “I never shot male,” said Fox, illustrating how much
“I spend most of my time with Dawn and “I came first in ladies and second over- air rifle before and everyone was bugging women dominate the sport. “We have a very
Alysia in terms of higher level coaching,” all,” said Kobayashi of her first local com- me to try it,” said Kobayashi. “I ended up strong shooting group in B.C.”