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News for Kamloops Downtown Front- Scrapping for Poverty Business- Interior Savings Insurance

Transcript of Downtown Echo, October 20, 2011

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    everyone from time to time has an old rust bucket in their driveway. Maybe one of the kids left in there on their last trip home from university, maybe your youngest had been driving it but stopped when it just failed to start one day or your old car just finally let out its last puff of smoke. whatever the case, what do you do with it now? Tradi-tionally you could probably pay a few bucks, call someone and have it towed away or you could help the community and call Lee gardiner and he will scrap it for poverty. Thats right! Lee and his scrapping for poverty are on a mission to rid Kamloops of all their junk metal and while doing so will give funds to both the new Life Mission and abroad.

    our immediate goal is for a portion of the funds raised to go to the new Life Mission, explains Lee. There will also be a portion that will go to im-pact Ministries in guatemala. we will pick up free of charge your scrap car or even a car in running order. we will also pick up scrap metal of any kind in the Kamloops and surrounding area. we have partnered with local businesses to pick up their metal

    and will process it so it does not go into the landfill. Dont scrap it, donate it! we are continuing to pay down the cost of gifting

    five vehicles to Impact Minis-tries. The vehicles were driven down to guatemala a year ago. They have five schools with

    over 1200 under privileged chil-dren receiving an education. The vehicles are being used to bring food supplies, building materi-als and to serve their growing needs.

    here at home, the proceeds are going to the new Life Mis-sion which has been providing outreach and poverty relief ser-vices in Kamloops since 1980, including a drop-in centre, hot lunch program, daily bread pro-gram, hair salon, dental program and the house of ruth which is strictly for women. in 2010 alone they served over 40,000 meals and had more than 20,000 visits. They rely on many sources for funding and much of that comes from the community. places like general grants bottle depot will allow you to donate the pro-ceeds from your bottles directly to the new Life Mission and or-ganizations like scrapping for poverty take a special interest in helping the less fortunate.

    we are actively involved in the new Life Mission, contin-ues Lee. we take men in recov-ery fishing at our cabin as I am a licensed fishing guide. We also take them to various worthwhile

    Old metal turns into golden opportunity

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    Lee Gardiner (R) and his buddy Eric McCooeye having a whole lot of fun with heavy metal.

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    Public Health nurse Gaudenza Plato (R) gives Randi Amato a flu shot at the Homelessness Action Plans flu clinic last Friday. A family flu shot clinic is happening on the South Shore at the Public Health Unit at 519 Columbia Street on November 14 and 28, and December 5 and 12. Flu shots are by appointment only. Please call the Kamloops Flu Information Line at 250-851-7359.

    Web cam for driver safety

    a new web camera in Kamloops is now live on the provinces drivebC website, providing real-time coverage of highway conditions in the area and helping motor-ists plan a safe journey. The web camera is located at hwy 1 at peterson Creek bridge in Kamloops, looking west:

    priority for new drivebC web cameras is given to routes prone to extreme weather or traffic congestion, and for sites where there is not already a nearby webcam. rapidly changing weather conditions make this a prime location for a webcam. Commuters and tourists will now have access to cur-rent road condition updates, travel adviso-ries, road closure information for provincial highways, and weather information with a click of a button to the travelling public.

    The Kamloops art gallery (Kag) is pleased to announce the appointment of Charo neville as curator. her predecessor, annette hurtig will continue her involvement with the gallery as adjunct curator. The two are co-curating upcoming exhibitions at the gallery.

    Charo neville comes to the Kag from Vancouver where she has worked in several art institutions in vari-ous curatorial roles, including the belkin satellite, the Morris and helen belkin art gallery and the Vancouver art gallery. while at the belkin art gallery, neville had her first contact with the Kag, as part of

    the team who organized rebecca belmores Venice biennale proj-ect.

    Most recently neville was the interim director/curator of artspeak artist run Centre and before that she was associate director at the Catriona Jeffries gallery. as an independent cura-tor, neville has produced numer-ous exhibitions and written texts

    that have often focused on socio-political art practices and community art projects. neville contributes critical rigour and a strong commitment to community engage-ment to her new position at the Kamloops art gallery.

    New curator for art gallery

    events and retreats. we encourage your business to also get involved; we currently work with many plumbing and heating com-panies, office supply, heavy equipment deal-ers, ranches and more.

    if you have some metal hanging around that you would like to clear out give scrap-ping for poverty a call and they will rid you of your junk. whether it is a beater in your

    driveway or an old tractor out in the yard, your old wheels can be turned into meals. if you are a business who is throwing away metal consistently, go green and start having it picked up. it could be anything from old copiers and water heaters to old farm tools, metal sheeting or more. you can reach them online at or by phone at 250-813-6422.

    Tanya Orozco, freelance

    continued from page 1Your wheels turned into meals

    as a Community in bloom award win-ner, Kamloops works hard to maintain its nationally recognized status as a beauti-ful community, and the City of Kamloops wants the public to know that graffiti van-dalism is a serious offence. Vandalism of any kind is unacceptable. our message is that tagging property will not go unnoticed. by-law enforcement of these acts will be undertaken, charges will be laid, states Len hrycan, community and corporate affairs director. The City of Kamloops is a beauti-ful community receiving numerous awards. it is unacceptable that the work of a few tag-gers could negatively impact our image.

    recently, the City of Kamloops Community safety and enforcement staff, Community safety volunteers and graffiti Task Force members completed a six-hour graffiti removal blitz across the city resulting in the removal of over 175 tags. The City announces that increased efforts around graffiti enforcement and removal will continue.

    City removes graffiti vandalism

    Blazers fan blogThe Kamloops blazers have launched a

    blog for fans to keep track of the weekly and daily happenings of the hockey club. This blog will offer an opportunity to get to know the team and its players on a more in-depth basis. The blog, at, will feature guest bloggers, alumni and prospect updates, pictures and videos.

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    United Way backs housing initiativesThe united way board of directors has

    granted an extra $100,000 this year to support two local organizations working to help move people from poverty to pos-sibility. These funds come at a time when year Two of the homelessness action plan is planning for new shelter/hous-ing facilities to meet the needs of people in Kamloops. The City of Kamloops is providing four sites for social housing and other partners and organizations are work-ing to pull projects together, all part of the homelessness action plan.

    Canadian Mental health association is the managing partner for the new emerald Centre shelter on west Victoria street and united way is able to provide $50,000 for the sophisticated security system they require. The new shelter will support men and women, as well as children if neces-sary.