The City of Kamloops is partnering with HomeFree, and the group behind the Kamloops Homelessness Action Plan, to host a forum aimed at combating homelessness.
The Housing First Forum will introduce an approach to ending homelessness that has seen strong results in numerous cities around the world.
According to the Housing First method, housing should be provided as a first step to ending homelessness. Once permanent housing has been provided, then further supportive services and community resources are offered as needed.
This approach has recorded success in reducing rates of homelessness, addictions and mental health issues.
The forum, Mar. 28, will be open to the public and will feature guest speakers who have helped launch the Housing First approach in other Canadian cities.
The City hopes that those involved in operating affordable housing or providing support services in the Kamloops area, and people with lived experience of homelessness will come out to the event.
The event runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Interior Savings Centre, Parkside Lounge. Any one planning to attend is asked to RSVP by Mar. 14 to Claire Macleod: [email protected] or 250-828-3758.
Kevin Koe and his Alberta team scored triples in the second, fifth and seventh ends Sunday to roll to a 10-5 win over John Morris of BC to win the Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek.
Koe, third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, who was named playoff MVP, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King and coach John Dunn, regained the championship they had previously won in 2010, the year they also won the world title. It’s their second championship in three visits to the Brier, although the first for Simmons.
BC, with third Jim Cotter who throws last stones, second Tyrel Griffith, lead Rick Sawatsky, alternate Jody Epp and coach Pat Ryan backing up Morris, got off to a good start with two in the first end when Alberta couldn’t execute a double and left Cotter an easy draw.
But Alberta came right back in the second with three after Rycroft made a perfect triple kill, Morris slid his first rock through the house and eventually Koe had a routine hit and stick for the three.
“The first three was the big one,” said Koe. “We gave up a terrible deuce in one. We just wanted to actually blank that end and not get down. So to bounce right back with three in the next end (was great). We only missed one shot, Carter made a great triple, we had a couple of draws and that really gave us the confidence.”
“Just to answer the bell was a big thing,” said Rycroft, who curled a solid 96 per cent. “It made a statement that hey, we’re here to play today. They dominated us in the 1-2 game and we felt we kind of owed them.”
The Koe second has said he is taking next year off with his wife expecting another child this summer.
“It’s a fantastic honour,” he said of the MVP. “This might be my last year so I wanted to make sure I went out with a blast. I’m not the kind of guy to say I’m retiring and not coming back. I know I’m going to miss it but I’m taking the year off.”
After blanking the third, B.C. was forced to take one in the fourth and in the fifth Cotter’s try to hit and roll behind cover slid wide to the wrong side of an Alberta rock. That left Koe a delicate tap back for three and his sweepers made sure it was successful for a 6-3 lead.
“We got caught with the ice conditions,” said Cotter. “It’s not much fun right now but one day we’ll look back and be proud of this. Whether it’s in front of your home fans or wherever it’s no fun, you want to win, but that’s curling, that’s the way it goes. Against a great team like Koe, they were bang on, making everything; it’s tough to come back.”
Alberta got three more in the seventh when Cotter tried to tuck his final rock between two Koe stones in the four-foot but was inches wide, leaving Koe a straight ahead double takeout for his triple and a 9-4 margin.
“We got fooled with the ice, curled more than we had seen all week,” said a disappointed Morris. “It’s painful losing this final. Heartbreaking to lose this in the hometown of Kamloops for Jimmy. I can’t pinpoint where it went wrong. I’m usually pretty confident in putting the broom down, have been all week but today I was second-guessing a bit.”
Earlier in the day three-time Brier champion Jeff Stoughton of Manitoba stole five points in the first four ends and went on to beat Jean-Michel Menard of Quebec 9-5 in the bronze-medal game.
It is Alberta’s 26th Brier title, just one behind the all-time leader, Manitoba.
The Koe team will have their names added to the Brier Tankard, earn $40,000 and 45 Canadian Team Ranking System points and become Team Canada. They earn automatic berths at the 2014 world championship March 29-April 6 in Beijing, China, the 2014 Canada Cup, Dec. 3-7 in Camrose, Alberta, the 2015 World Financial Group Continental Cup, Jan. 8-11 in Calgary and the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier Feb. 28-March 8 in Calgary.
As runners-up, the BC team receives $40,000 and 35 CTRS points. The Stoughton team gets $30,000 and 30 points and Quebec $20,000 and 20 points. The teams that failed to make the playoffs each earn $7,000 and two CTRS points for each round-robin win.
For the first time in history, the winner of the Tim Hortons Brier will become Team Canada and will return in 2015 to defend its title. They will be joined in the 12-team main round robin by the top 10 provinces/territories based on total number of Brier round-robin wins in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The three teams with the fewest overall wins in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Briers – Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Northwest Territories — will play in a qualifying tournament just prior to the 2015 event. They will play off with Nunavut, which is eligible to compete in the Brier for the first time in 2015, for the 12th and final berth in the field.
For the second time this weekend there is a new millionaire in the interior.
After Friday nights Lotto Max draw revealed a million dollar winning ticket in Vernon, last night's Lotto 6-49 draw has a winner in Kamloops.
According to the BC Lottery Corporation, the Kamloops ticket was one of five guaranteed million dollar prizes won across the country, three right here in BC in Kamloops, Prince George and Delta.
If you purchased a Lotto 6-49 ticket in Kamloops for the Saturday March 8 and your 'guranteed prize draw' number is 18953195-02, you may be a millionaire
The grand prize for the 6-49 was not won and will be carried over to the next draw on Wednesday.
We will provide more details as they become available.
Were you the lucky Kamloops winner? Or do you know who was? Email us at [email protected]
Olympic gold medallist Brad Jacobs and his team were treated like curling royalty Saturday when they visited the Canadian men's curling championship and say they have their sights fixed on Korea in 2018.
Hundreds lined up to get autographs from Jacobs, third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden before the 3-4 page playoff game between Manitoba and Quebec.
Jacobs and his team weren't able to win a berth to compete in the Brier because of his Olympic schedule but starting next year the previous year's winner will return automatically as Team Canada.
"It's definitely a little different to be here and not to be playing," he said.
"This would have been our fifth in a row had we been able to qualify out of Northern Ontario once again, but you know we'll take the gold medal over playing in the Brier this year."
"We can suck it up and we'll try to qualify next year, we'll see what happens."
But both Jacobs and Fry say they have their sights on Korea in 2018 as well.
"When we established this team we had a goal to stay together for the six years to try and put our mark on being one of the top teams that's played the game." said Fry.
"We have had a taste of what the Olympics feels like and to be honest with you, I don't want to share that with any other team in Canada. I want to be that team in 2018 and we're prepared to put as much work as necessary into getting back to that podium."
The fans in the nearly full Interior Savings Centre were chanting “Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy” by the fourth end Friday evening as they watched their local hero,
Jim Cotter, pull off a highlight reel shot that sparked B.C. to a 9-5 win over Alberta that moved them into Sunday’s final of the Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek.
“Such a great vibe in here. Jimmy being the hometown boy, such a great vibe and something special to be part of,” said B.C. skip John Morris.
The loss drops Kevin Koe and his Alberta foursome into Saturday’s semifinal.
Koe and his team struggled early with the skip coming up short with last-rock draws in both ends to allow B.C. to score two in the first and steal one in the second.
Then the Cotter show began. The Vernon resident, who grew up in Kamloops, made an angle-raise double takeout in the third that forced Alberta to take a single.
The B.C. rink of skip John Morris, third Cotter (who throws last stones), second Tyrel Griffith, lead Rick Sawatsky, alternate Jody Epp and coach Pat Ryan, couldn’t seem to miss as they became the first B.C. rink to reach the Brier final since Greg McAulay in 2000.
Even when their shots weren’t perfect, the results mostly were. In the fourth Cotter ran back his own guard, rubbed off a second guard and went into the house, spilling out two Alberta stones from the four-foot and leaving B.C. sitting three. He then made a routine raise takeout of Koe’s last rock to score three for a 6-1 lead.
“We got a little fortunate with it,” admitted Cotter. “We knew if we caught it a little thick we would get some action back. We knew if we caught on that one side, we’d get that result. We hit it really good and it worked out great.”
Koe said that shot was a good indication it was going to be B.C.’s night.
“For sure. There’s no chance they knew that was going to happen,” said the 2010 Brier and world champion. “The way it ended up we were in trouble. But I had a good freeze coming in and it just picked about a foot or two short of the rock. If it doesn’t do that it freezes right in and would have been a lot harder shot, probably only be able to get two.”
Cotter had a rare half-miss in the fifth, getting only the front end of an attempted double and that left Koe draw for two that silenced the crowd.
But B.C. came right back with a pair in six. If Koe and his crew of third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King and coach John Dunn hadn’t concede it wasn’t their night by then they got another sign in the seventh. Simmons slipped while sweeping and kicked what would have been a good guard, leaving Morris an easy takeout of Alberta’s shot rock. Still, Koe had a chance for two with last rock but his shooter rolled out on an attempted double takeout.
“I struggled a bit, on the wrong side of the inch tonight,” said Koe. “They weren’t missing much so we were in trouble when we weren’t playing our best. Today wasn’t our day but fortunately we put ourselves in position where we have another life. We’ve done well in the semis before, we’re won both that we’ve played in.”
Alberta stole a single in the eighth but gave up a single in the ninth and shook hands.
B.C. got into the Page playoff 1-2 game when Alberta was upset earlier in the day by Jean-Michel Ménard of Quebec 7-5. Had Alberta won that game they would have played Jeff Stoughton of Manitoba in the 1-2 game.
The Menard win gave Quebec fourth place and that meant no tiebreakers.
Quebec will play Manitoba in the Page playoff 3-4 game at 1:30 p.m. PT Saturday with the winner advancing to the 6:30 p.m. semifinal against Alberta.
The Page 3-4 loser and the semifinal loser will play for the bronze medal Sunday at 9 a.m.
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