Bonding a community: Barriere gets book-park combo

TNRL introduces StoryWalk

Going for a walk in Barriere will be a bit more literary if you choose the right park.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library is launching a StoryWalk in the town's Fadear Park. The outdoor reading experience sees the library place pages of a picture book along a path in the park, combing a physical, outdoors component with reading.

“This project could not have come at a better time” says the Barriere Library's Pam Rudd in a press release.  “Where our connection is restricted due to COVID-19, the StoryWalk bonds our community with story.”

The Barriere version is the first in the Kamloops area. The concept is one that's been spreading over the last couple of years and can be found in other parts of the U.S. and Canada.

The first book is called "One Love" and is based on the Bob Marley song of the same name. Written by Cedella Marley, one of the singer's daughters, the book tells the story of a girl encouraging a community to come together to improve a park.

New books will be placed around the park every two months.

For more information, click here.


BC NDP promise Ashcroft Hospital will become 24/7 if re-elected

NDP promise Ashcroft help

John Horgan has promised to make the Ashcroft Hospital a 24/7 operation if re-elected.

The hospital often closes due to a lack of staff and shuts down weekday nights; last year, a petition was launched to get the hospital and community health care centre a more stable schedule. Now, in a press release, the NDP candidate for the Fraser-Nicola riding says he has a promise from Horgan that it'll be a priority.

"Making sure people can get emergency care any time of day or night is my priority for the people of Ashcroft, Cache Creek and the surrounding area,” says Aaron Sumexheltza in the release.

He goes on to note a lack of trained staff has been the issue and says the NDP are training and attracting more doctors and nurses.

"And now I’m pleased to say that I’ve received an assurance from John Horgan that this hospital will be open 24/7 if his government is re-elected,” Sumexheltza continues.

Sumexheltza is one of five candidates vying for the Fraser-Nicola seat. There's also incumbent Jackie Tegart running for the BC Liberals, Jonah Timms with the Greens and two independents — Dennis Adamson and Mike Bhangu.

Read more BC Election 2020 coverage on Castanet here.

RCMP make more arrests at Trans Mountain work site in Kamloops

4 more TMX arrests

Four individuals were arrested early Saturday morning (Oct. 17) for allegedly impeding work at the Trans Mountain work site on Airport Road.

According to a news release from RCMP, the group refused to leave the injunction area. 

Mounties read them the BC Supreme Court injunction, which protects the pipeline expansion project from interference.

"All four arrested, a 58-year-old woman, a 54-year-old woman, a 42-year-old woman and a 29-year-old woman were transported to Kamloops RCMP detachment for processing and released on conditions," writes Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey in the release. "They are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 20, 2021."

On Oct. 15, five anti-pipeline demonstrators were arrested at the TMX drill site on Mission Flats Road. Police said they were blocking work trucks from driving through the facility gate. One woman, 57, had her arm tied to the fence with a zip strap. Another woman, 32, was observed destroying survey stakes across the road from the drill site; she was arrested for mischief and was released without charges.

"A reminder that demonstrators have the right to peaceful, lawful and safe protest and companies have a lawful right to complete their mandated work. The RCMP is working hard to protect both of these rights and ensure all parties and public are kept safe," O’Donaghey says.


Paraglider takes dizzying, daring flights over Sun Rivers

Gliding over Sun Rivers

Warning, this video might make you dizzy.

Local paraglider Simon Hergott recently took to the skies above Sun Rivers for some quick trips down to the ground; not too quick mind you.

He shared a few of the videos on YouTube and they're wild. In general you can make out larger Kamloops landmarks, but since the camera is attached to the paraglider, the horizon whips back and forth.

Check out the video here.

Trans Mountain apologizes for noise in Brocklehurst

TMX apologizes for noise

After Brocklehurst residents took to social media to complain about loud noises last week, Trans Mountain is apologizing for the noise created as its pipeline expansion project heads under the river.

Construction is currently happening around the Thompson River near the Kamloops Airport as the pipe is pushed and pulled beneath the river.

"To complete the Thompson River HDD (horizontal directional drilling), the pipe is pulled from one side of the river and a hammer may be used to push it from the other end," states the company online.

Noise may resume this week between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. until the pipeline is all the way through to the south side of the river.

"We apologize for the additional noise associated with these activities and thank everyone for their patience as we work to complete this as soon as safely possible," states the company.

Qwelmínte Secwépemc interns finish up summer with First Nations organization

Summer internships end

Qwelmínte Secwépemc' second group of interns have wrapped up their time with the First Nations organization.

The group represents seven local First Nations, focusing on natural resources along with Secwépemc law. This past week it held a celebration for its first two cohorts of interns.

“In both the summers of 2019 and 2020, we were fortunate to have some talented Indigenous university students join our team," says Sunny LeBourdais, Qwelmínte Secwépemc Director of Transformation, in a press release.

"They dove straight in – and helped us grow both in our own capacity and accomplishments as well as adding to their own skills and success."

Interns came from a variety of fields including law and geography. During their time with the organization, the group worked on various projects ranging from technology set up to studying moose.

Thompson Rivers University working on new daycare and early childhood research facility

TRU creating new facility

Plans are moving forward for a new early childhood research facility twinned with an on-campus daycare at Thompson Rivers University.

TRU has applied to rezone a property on its western edge to create the facility which will consolidate the university's daycare (the Cariboo Childcare Society) and early childhood education programs to one site, according to a report to city council.

"TRU has indicated that the reason for the rezoning is to create a combined research and teaching facility that is focused on early childhood development, which will be the first of its kind in Canada," states city staff in the report. "It should be noted that the daycare’s proposed capacity is 94 children."

The university's daycare was approved for 27 new spaces earlier this year.

The rezoning application also calls for a new entrance to the TRU campus, connecting to McMaster Way, across from the new facility to TRU Way which connects to University Drive, the university's main internal road.

Previously, the property was the home of Majestic Ginseng Products Limited, but they've moved to a new location on Camosun Crescent. The site is currently zoned for light industrial use; the university is looking to change that to a TRU specific zoning.

Video slideshow shares BC's past through postcards

Postcards capture BC history

A video slideshow uploaded to YouTube is sharing 59 shots of BC's history.

The shots are all historic postcards, mostly dating back to the 1960s. They show what the province looked like across the southern half of the province, with shots from Kelowna, Penticton, Kamloops and Cache Creek, among others.

Many of the postcards aren't of vast vistas or specific famous landmarks, but more often capture travel stops throughout the area, including hotels, bridges and well-known sections of highway (like Rogers Pass), offering history buffs a glimpse into the early days of B.C.'s tourism industry.

Check out the video, posted by the Extra Facts channel, below.

Tk'emlups te Secwepemc leadership releases statement on TMX arrests

TteS comments on arrests

In response to arrests made on Friday by RCMP, Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir of the Tk'emlups to Secwepemc (TteS) released a statement.

Friday afternoon five activists were arrested for blocking work on the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. Following the incident, Casimir released a statement on social media stating that neither she nor the First Nation's council endorsed the protesters.

In the statement she notes that she is the spokesperson for the TteS and the First Nation is working cooperatively with Trans Mountain, having signed an agreement with the company. She also thanks the RCMP for maintaining peace and order.

"TteS has not sold or ceded or given anything away. We have upheld our jurisdictional rights," she writes in the statement. "We have participated in the decision-making matters that affected our rights and as previously stated, we are VERY proud to have made an impact and changes to the environmental process."

She also notes that the TteS government has secured employment for its membership.

Arts program for vulnerable Kamloops residents gets funding boost

New phase for arts program

Kamloops Art Council's Crossing Bridges program, which helps the city's vulnerable populations including people in crisis or in recovery, is getting a big funding boost from two different sources.

The program is receiving $25,000 from the BC Arts Council and $25,000 from the Leon and Thea Koerner Legacy Fund. In a press release, the local arts council states the money will be used in a variety of ways to help bring the arts to people overcoming addiction, homelessness, mental health issues and other barriers.

"The use of art within our cultures and everyday lives is important to keeping a balanced lifestyle and especially important during this time of pandemic when isolation and levels of stress and anxiety have increased," states KAC in a press release.

Many agencies the art council works with have struggled during the pandemic to connect with their clients.

"Not all agencies have adequate space and procedures in place to resume in-person art workshops safely, so finding new and innovative ways to connect with those in need and helping them to use arts as a creative release or distraction from their worries is now more important than ever," states the arts organization.

Some of the funding will go towards training people at the different agencies to work as artistic mentors to clients since artists with the Crossing Bridge program aren't able to be in person due to pandemic policies.

"The Crossing Bridges Outreach program is one of our key offerings of making arts accessible in our community. We believe it to be our cornerstone," says executive director Terri Hadwin in the release. "We know this program makes a difference in people's lives."

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