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No school Tuesday as labour talks collapse

No school Tuesday as labour talks collapse

School will not begin as scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 2, after talks between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation BCTF and the provincial government’s bargaining agent broke down yet again on the weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 30, mediator Vince Ready walked away from talks with the teachers union and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, making it clear to both sides “fundamental ...

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Liberal trio quizzed as they seek federal nomination

Liberal trio quizzed as they seek federal nomination

The three who would be the local Liberal candidate in next year’s federal election sat before an audience of about 150 on Thursday, Aug.28, and explained why they were seeking their party’s nomination. In a word or two? Stephen Harper. Teacher Steve Powrie, Kamloops Child Development Centre executive director Peter Mutrie and business and marketing consultant Niki Remesz all cited ...

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And the Keystone finalists are . . .

And the Keystone finalists are . . .

Finalists for the Canadian Home Builders Association-Central Interior’s Keystone Awards have been announced. They include: • Advantage Insulation • BlueGreen Architecture Inc. • Casa Decor Home Furnishings Ltd. • City Furniture and Appliances Ltd. • Copper Island Fine Homes Inc. • D&T Developments Ltd. • DW Builders • Essence Lighting and Design • Excel Industries Ltd., Fresh Inc. • Granite ...

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Black inmate sues over alleged KKK beating; ‘torture’ in Kamloops prison

Black inmate sues over alleged KKK beating; ‘torture’ in Kamloops prison

A black inmate is suing the province, claiming he was targeted by the Ku Klux Klan behind bars and alleging prison officials didn’t do enough to protect him from violence and racism, including an alleged violent attack and “torture” at the hands of a sheriff and guard at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre (KRCC). O’neil Parchment, a 56-year-old convicted drug dealer ...

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Former Kamloops resident reportedly fighting for ISIS terrorist group in Syria

Former Kamloops resident reportedly fighting for ISIS terrorist group in Syria

One of the latest Canadian men to be identified as fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) terrorist group in Syria is a former Thompson Rivers University volleyball player who was later involved in the Kamloops social scene. Collin Gordon, a Calgary native, suited up for the WolfPack men’s volleyball team during the 2008-2009 school year. He ...

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Seven patients still critical after Coquihalla bus crash

Seven patients still critical after Coquihalla bus crash

Seven people remain in critical condition after a bus carrying Asian tourists crashed 30 kilometres south of Merritt. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Aug. 29, Interior Health spokeswoman Michaela Swan said the crash was “unprecedented” for area hospitals with all 56 people on board the bus suffering injuries. Seven are still in critical condition, Swan said, six in serious condition ...

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Kamloops woman wants ex-boyfriend to pay for tuition due to ‘distress’ over breakup

Kamloops woman wants ex-boyfriend to pay for tuition due to ‘distress’ over breakup

A Thompson Rivers University student who broke up with her boyfriend last spring is now suing him for tuition to pay for a failed class “due to distress” over the breakup. Roopam Plawn, a 22-year-old marketing student from Kamloops, is seeking $5,426 from Jasmeet Ahluwalia, according to a notice of claim filed in Kamloops provincial court on Aug. 27. Plawn ...

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Remember those Segway thefts? Three remain missing

Remember those Segway thefts? Three remain missing

Five of eight Segways stolen from a Shuswap tour company have been recovered, but the theft took a financial bite out of the business’s prime summer season. The single-person stand-up vehicles were stolen from Shuswap Unique Adventure Tours’ secure Scotch Creek compound near Chase on Thursday, May 29. The Segways were in a  horse trailer, which was also pilfered. About ...

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Crash-landing in Nicaragua for Kamloops couple

Crash-landing in Nicaragua for Kamloops couple

The way to celebrate a successful crash-landing? With a couple of bottles of Orange Fanta, of course. Kamloops firefighter David Sakaki and his wife, Sue, downed the sodas after walking away from the plane they had been taking as they started their return trip to Kamloops from Nicaragua on Thursday, Aug. 28. The couple had been in the South American ...

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B.C. Conservative Leader Brooks pushes his labour plan

B.C. Conservative Leader Brooks pushes his labour plan

In the photo: B.C. Conservative Leader Dan Brooks brought his five-point plan to resolve the education dispute to Kamloops on Thursday, Aug. 28. Cam Fortems photo/KTW   The province’s education minister is adopting parts of a Conservative five-point plan to get teachers and students back in school, B.C. Conservative  Leader Dan Brooks told members at a luncheon meeting. The Kamloops-based leader spoke to about ...

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