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   may call
   for more

    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

                                                                                                                                                         are needed.
                                                                                                                                                             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.

back to
                                              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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                                                           HEALTH &
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
                                                                                                                                                                             treatment plant

                                                                                                                                                                             Courtesy Stantec
                                                                                                                                                                             Consulting Ltd.

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

     to town
                                                                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                    paddle, literally.
                                                                                        “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

    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
                                                                                                                                              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.

Women shooters
have gold in sights
                                                               said Fox.
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.”

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