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The May 25, 2016 edition of The Omega

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    VOLUME 25




    Local therapeutic riding charity to host food truck festival, with plans for an annual event Page 4

    Food truck festival planned for mid June

    Brian Chiduuro shares his thoughts on the future of TRUSU and his own future Page 7

    With pipeline expansion approval in place, the proposal still faces provincial approval Page 2


    New TRUSU president talks future plans Energy board approves Trans Mountain


    TRU Sustainabilitys 2016 Trash Bash managed a hefty cleanup Page 2

    Campus cleanup a success


    Distracted driving nes to more than double, testing the power of deterrence Page 3

    Doubled nes wil test deterrence


    This years Bike to Work Week event has a lengthy extension for TRU, and some prizes, too Page 7

    Bike to Work Week gets an extension

    ISSUE NO. 28

    MAY 2016

    Development planned behind Old MainNow rezoned for development, TRU looks at next steps towards master plan, p. 5

  • NEWS MAY 25, 20162

    The National Energy Board has recommended that Kinder Morgans proposed Trans Moun-tain pipeline be approved with conditions.

    The proposed pipeline is mostly an expansion of the existing pipe-line that runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, including a stretch along the North Thompson River and through Kamloops city limits.

    Along with its approval, the National Energy Board also rec-ommended 157 conditions, which pertain to regulatory matters, safety, environmental protection and emergency preparedness and response.

    But while the NEB decision signals approval at the federal level, there are still hurdles at the provincial level.

    We are not yet in a position to consider support for any heavy-oil pipeline in B.C., said Environment Minister Mary Polak following the announcement.

    Polak noted that the provinces five conditions to approve the pipeline, which include Aborigi-nal consultation, environmental safety and economic concerns, still havent all been met.

    Meeting all five conditions will be a challenge. We set the bar high for a reason. We need to ensure B.C.s concerns around the

    environment, First Nations par-ticipation and overall economic benefit are taken seriously, Polak said following the decision.

    Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson told CBCs The House that the decision was incredibly disappointing and called the NEB process a sham.

    The National Energy Board has long been the target of criticism over the abundance of former industrialists on its board. In a December 2015 report out of the Auditor General of Canadas office, auditors said that the NEB wasnt doing enough to track company implementation of approval conditions and that it wasnt following up with compliance and regulatory requirements.

    Both TRU and Kamloops stand to benefit if the pipeline is constructed.

    In February of 2015, Kinder Morgan made an agreement with the City of Kamloops that would land the city $700,000 if the pipeline project is approved and constructed. Kinder Morgan later struck the same deal with TRU, but for $500,000 intended for scholarships to be doled out over 20 years.

    The two conditional payments are part of Kinder Morgans $4.5 million-plus Community Benefit Agreement plan that has offered money to more than a dozen communities along the proposed pipeline route.

    Energy board approves pipeline expansion


    Pipeline approval might mean a Kinder Morgan payout for TRU and Kamloops

    Kinder Morgans proposed route for its pipeline expansion through Kamloops. (Kinder Morgan)

    TRASH BASH 2016

    The Trash Bash returned for another year and another successful campus cleanup. Prizes were awarded to teams Detritus Andronicus for best name and The Collectibles and Dirty Money for the most trash bashed.

    A total of 82 volunteers found and removed two pickup truck loads worth of garbage plus a couch.

    Photos courtesy TRU Sustainability




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    Starting June 1, the cost of a ticket for distracted driving will be set at $368, but the violation also imposes four penalty points, which carries a $175 premium, bringing the total cost of a distracted driving ticket to $543. Tack on second offense to that and a repeat distracted driver is looking at fines of $888. It gets a lot worse from there.

    The need to reduce distracted driving is well established. Police in Ontario said its even worse than drunk driving, especially among youth.

    According to ICBC, distracted

    driving currently ranks third (22 per cent) in causes of fatal car accidents among youth, after speeding (39 per cent) and impaired driving (27 per cent).

    With the new fees in place, B.C. has set itself up to test just how well big money fines work as deterrents. Along with the fines, new methods of enforcement are in place, too. According to a CBC report, the RCMP rolled out new spotting scopes for the May long weekend across B.C. that are capable of spotting device-users from as far as 1.2 kilometres away.

    Recent enforcement also illustrates the problem. On May 17, Kamloops RCMP set up on various locations around town

    and handed out 19 tickets for use of an electronic device, which was nearly one third of all tickets they handed out that day. It wont be a surprise if that kind of enforcement returns, especially after the fine more than doubles in June.

    Were all busy. Were all tempted by the sound of notifi-cations, calls or messages, but its really not that difficult to ignore your phone while youre driving. There is no one who will hear you say Sorry, I was driving and not understand why you didnt respond to them right away. Reading that message isnt worth $543, let alone your life or endangering the lives of others.

    Testing the power of deterrence


    New nes for distracted driving aim to address a growing problem on our roads

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    Weekly publishing returns September 7, 2016.

  • MAY 25, 20164 NEWS

    Have any dinner plans for June 17? The Kamloops Ther-apeutic Riding Association is hosting an event that will give you some options. The non-profit will be hosting trucks from Kamloops and beyond on its Crestline Drive property in what will be one of Kamloops largest food truck gatherings.

    KTRA Executive Director Ashley Sudds said the festival has already attracted a lot of attention, with more than 1,000 people marked going on Facebook and another 3,000 interested.

    People keep inviting friends and tagging each other. I havent had to do anything other than create the event, Sudds said.

    As of May 22, a total of 12 food trucks had committed to attending. Sudds said theyre mostly from Kamloops and the surrounding region, but some are coming from as far away as Vancouver. Along with the trucks, Sudds also has plans for live music and entertainment

    for kids.The event will serve as a fund-

    raiser for KT