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Hockey & Health: Big Mike’s Story

My last memory of “Big Mike” (six foot three, 265 lbs) was of him being wheeled out of the hockey rink in Las Vegas on a gurney flashing the “thumbs up” sign to both teams as the paramedics took him to the local emergency. Mike, age 40, died later that day. I still get emotional thinking about it and I’m not exactly sure why.

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Vernon Winter Carnival: Feb 4–13

The fun kicks off with a parade downtown. Eat, dance, snowshoe, lantern ski...the list of activities is long on fun. Take in the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta or head up to Silver Star to see the carvers create works of art during the Snow Sculpture championships. There are plenty of sports events like a 10K run, curling and cross-country skiing. Or just relax and take in the talent competition, comedy show or theatre performance. For events list visit...

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North Okanagan Eco-Encounter

“Hey, you want to see something neat?”

I turned from the entrance to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre to where a teenaged girl was beckoning from the shrubbery. She waved for me to join the knot of hunched figures bending low and peering intently at an ordinary looking bush.

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Where’s the Fire

Phil Ackland’s summer job before his last year of high school paid a whopping $2 an hour—a small fortune in 1966. There was a reason cleaning exhaust systems in restaurant kitchens paid so well. “It was filthy, disgusting work,” he says. “I quite enjoyed it.” A few years later he decided to branch out on his own. Not wanting to compete with his former employer, Phil left Seattle for Vancouver. His business grew quickly, and he began selling franchises. But by the late 1980s what he’d seen along the way had set him on a different path. Most commercial...

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