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January 15, 2014 edition of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman


  • Vol. 63, Issue 10 Proudly serving Cranbrook and area since 1951



    < Love, Passion, SimplicityGuitarist Oscar Lopez coming to Key City Theatre | Page 2

    You call those potholes? >A tale of two Cranbrooks | Page 6



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    Dec. 23 Robyn & Ryan Rasmussen of Cranbrook, a boy

    Dec. 24 Christine Evans & Colin Blumer of Cranbrook, a boy

    Dec. 25 Jaylene Knight & Mike Luke of Cranbrook, a girl

    Dec. 30 Jessie & Kyle Oakes of Kimberley, a boy

    BARRY COULTERChanges are coming

    in B.C. to a synthetic drug that is widely used to help recovering ad-dicts. And doctors, pharmacies and agen-cies who help those

    tion Services Society (EKASS) in Cranbrook says it has about 90 methadone clients come through its office though that doesnt represent all clients in the region. And the changes are a cause for concern, in that metha-done users may not be aware of the vastly in-creased strength of the new formula.

    There hasnt been much notification about this, said Dean Nicholson, Executive Director of EKASS. And the risk we see is be-cause the volume of medication the people will be receiving will be increasing on a 10 to one basis.

    Typically, when methadone users or illicit methadone users; people on the street who might be getting it theyre thinking of it in terms of millilitres in-stead of milligrams. If theyre buying it on the street, theyre saying, Im not getting as much liquid as I normally would, and they might then throw more in there. But theyre actu-ally getting a much higher dosage of the ac-tual drug, which puts them at risk for over-dose and death.

    And, obviously, the illicit street users are not going to be getting the education that hopefully people are going to be getting through supervised dis-penser sites.


    Bill Bennett (centre), Kootenay East MLA and Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review, on Tuesday joined Gavin Dirom (centre, right), President and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia, to open the Toronto Stock Exchange. On Monday, Bennett met with various federal ministers in Ottawa to discuss Taseko Mines Limiteds proposed New Prosperity mine. See more in Thursdays Daily Townsman.

    SALLY MACDONALDTownsman Staff

    Cory Jarock died of hypothermia after being kicked out of a house party in Invermere in April 2012, according to the prosecution in the trial of Brian

    Panebianco.The 25-year-old Invermere man is

    charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, robbery and assault causing bodily harm in the death of 31-year-old Jarock, who

    was found deceased April 3, 2012 in the driveway of a home in Invermeres Tunnacliffe Heights neighbourhood.

    The two-week trial got underway Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Cranbrook Su-preme Court before Justice Kenneth

    Ball and a 14-person jury, including two alternates.

    Crown prosecutor Lynal Doerksen began the evidence by addressing the jury.

    Changes to methadone formula coming Feb. 1

    Invermere man died of hypothermia

    Doctors, pharmacies, agencies scrambling to get the word out to clientswho use it are scram-bling to get the word out.

    Methadone helps people who are depen-dent on or addicted to

    other drugs like mor-phine and heroin. As of Feb. 1, 2014, the current methadone formula given out by pharma-cists will change. British

    Columbia will transi-tion to a new metha-done formula, called Methadose, which is ex-pected to provide a safer, more consistent

    treatment for patients. But methadose will have 10 times the strength of the current formula.

    Almost 15,000 peo-

    ple in B.C. are on meth-adone programs pre-scribed by physicians and dispensed at phar-macies. Locally, the East Kootenay Addic-

    See CHANGES, Page 3

    The Crown introduces the events that led to Brian Panebiancos manslaughter trial, now underway in Cranbrook

    See JAROCK, Page 3

  • Page 2 wednesday, January 15, 2014

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    Love, passion, simplicity: Lopez in concertRenowned guitarist playing the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook, Saturday, Jan. 25.

    SubmittedOscar Lopez, one of Can-

    ada`s greatest guitarists, will be performing at the Key City Theatre on January 25 at 7:30 pm.

    Known for his intimate live performances, Oscar offers a unique flavour of Latin music that incorporates a mix of jazz, blues and pop.

    Born in Santiago, Chile to a middle-class family, Oscar was exposed to a wide variety of music from a young age. By age nine he began to experiment with different musical instru-ments, trying the violin, the mandolin and finally settling on the guitar.

    A street learner Oscar had no formal musical training and developed his craft by per-forming with his father, neigh-bours and friends at the local Pentecostal Church.

    By age 12 Oscar had taken a job at a local manufacturer making car antennas. The mo-notony of the job had a strong impact on Oscar who began to dedicate himself to his musical career. By 17 he was playing professionally and getting his

    first taste of stardom with Chil-ean pop group The Grace of the King.

    In 1979, at 25 Oscar left Chile, which was labouring undering the repression of the Pinochet regime, and joined his sister in Winnipeg.

    Eventually making his home in Calgary, Oscar dedi-cated himself to his music releasing 11 albums over a 23 year span. Professionally he achieved great success with seven Juno Award nomina-tions, winning best instrumen-tal album in both 2002 and 2005 for his albums Arman-dos Fire and My Destiny. Additionally, Oscar is a two-time recipient of the Hispanic Excellence Award and has been recognized as Instru-mentalist of the Year by the Prairie Music Awards.

    But the road to success was not without its bumps for Oscar. From 2001 to 2004 he battled major depression side-lining him from preforming live and producing new music.

    Since breaking through his bout with depression, Oscar Lopez has rededicated himself

    to his music and now lives by the mantra love, passion, simplicity. His live perfor-mances are an invitation to a very personal interaction be-tween him and the audience.

    My music is an extension

    of my soul and life experienc-es, Lopez explains. My al-bums are the product of this internal and external collabo-ration. I revel in the thrill of watching an album take form.

    Oscar Lopez plays Cranbrook Saturday, Jan. 25

  • wednesday, January 15, 2014 Page 3

    LocaL NEWSdaily townsman

    Methadone is dispensed in a one-milligram-per-millilitre solu-tion that is combined with an or-ange-coloured drink that clients drink at the pharmacy or take away as carries. Starting Feb. 1 is Meth-adose. The new formula comes as a red, cherry flavoured solution, pre-prepared. Patients will receive the same dose of methadone, but the amount of liquid will be one-tenth as much as what they receive with the current formula.

    A release from the Government of British Columbia on Monday, Jan. 13, noted that it is important that the public, particularly those who are on methadone mainte-nance therapy, be aware of the changes and take extra caution during this transition.

    EKASS is setting out to do as much public notification as possi-ble.

    Certainly through our office were going to be talking to all our clients who are involved in metha-done use, Nicholson said. We as-sume their prescribing doctor will be letting them know, but well also be letting them know.

    But also, people who we know who might be inclined to illicit methadone use, we want to make sure we get the word out to them. They may not be as aware of the risk.

    There is a third group of metha-done users those who use it for pain relief, and not because of any

    previous drug use.Methadone, in fact, was devel-

    oped originally as a painkiller during the 1940s, due to a shortage of morphine during the Second World War. During the 1960s, it was found it was helpful to people with-drawing from opioid addictions, namely heroin.

    Nicholson said that because peo-ple who use methadone for pain relief arent necessarily as drug savvy, in a sense, they may be inad-vertently at risk if theyre not being informed of the changes as well.

    Often, they may be given more carries than some of our drug-us-ing clients, Nicholson said. Many of our clients who are drug depe